Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Peek at our Bookshelf

Although we didn't really do any President's Day lessons (we were on a fun field trip weekend and then at co-op Monday) we did discuss it and read a couple related books this week.

I actually found Row, Row, Row the Boats: A Fun Song About George Washington Crossing the Delaware by Michael Dahl at a discount store, and Elliott picked it out of the choices I gave him.  He liked it because we sang it to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat.  We didn't read all the sidebar type facts, but they were short and wouldn't have added much time to the reading.  The illustrations are a little silly/cartoonish, but that's probably why he chose it to begin with.

I also found Abe Lincoln Remembers by Ann Turner at the same discount store.  Elliott chose this one another time because of the log cabin on the front, and he was comparing it to Lincoln Logs!  So we started with a discussion about how Lincoln grew up in a log cabin how Lincoln Logs were named after the famous President.  To be honest, we didn't make it all the way through the book because daddy walked in the front door and I lost their attention.  However, that might be for the best, because I'm not sure how Elliott would have reacted to the reference to death and the two page spread of Lincoln standing in a cemetery.  It might have been another interesting discussion starter.  Since it's from Lincoln's perspective, it ends with Abe and Mary preparing for the play.  There is more history in the back which is suitable for older children, and personally I enjoyed Wendell Minor's illustrations.

One of Elliott's other choices was Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!  He remembered me saying Dr. Seuss's birthday was coming up, and he wanted to choose a book from his "new" stack of Seuss books.  It's a typical alphabet book in typical Seuss fashion.  Nothing spectacular on either account, but tolerable.  Both boys enjoyed it.

Emory chose his books in a different way.  He went for the Autumn section of the bookshelf all week.  Here are a few of his choices.

Back in October I wrote a review for The Pumpkin Plant that Almost Ate Our School by Frederick B. Williamson, Jr.  I still think it's a slightly awkward read (it's meant to be read as a rhyme/poem, but some lines are too long and don't flow well), however my kids stay captivated every time we read it, and there's really nothing about the story that I oppose, so we keep it on our shelf.

The Story of the Pilgrims by Katherine Ross and Caroline Croll is obviously just a picture book about how the traditional story of Thanksgiving  Elliott did a great narration of this book back at Thanksgiving, but as far as Emory was concerned, it was a book for facial expressions.  One of his favorite activities is discussing emotions and identifying the facial expressions of the characters in our books as we read.


Now we'll probably be diving into our Dinosaur Book Basket for Elliott's chosen Dinosaur Theme!

Linked Up:  Read Aloud Thursday, Excellence in Reading Challenge, What my Child is Reading


  1. Isn't it funny how kids pick out books totally out-of-season? My younger dd used to ALWAYS get Christmas books no matter what time of year it was when we visited a certain library. Why? Because the holiday books were on the end shelf and easy for her to get to. I finally drew the line and told her no more Christmas books. (Mean mommy, right?) :-)
    Thanks for linking up!

    1. If you're a mean mommy, so am I! I draw the line on books occasionally too. ;)