Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Peek at our Bookshelf: St Patrick's Day and Rainbows

For the week of St. Patrick's Day, since we don't own many books specific to St. Patrick's Day, I decided we would add a book or two related to the color(s) of our rainbow lunch each day.

St. Patrick's Day Themed

The Night Before St. Patrick's Day, like others in the series, follows the pattern of the traditional Christmas poem.  It's a fun and predictable story about catching a leprechaun.

St. Patrick's Day in the Morning is just a sweet story all around.  It's about the smallest member of the family who is (decidedly, by everyone else) too small to walk in the parade.  A triumph story for sure!  :-)

The Little Red Hen is a classic story, but it was a first reading for my boys.  Elliott decided early on that the Hen asked too many times for help!

Little Red Riding Hood is another classic that I had not read to the boys before.  I couldn't find our version online, but ours does stick closely to the original.  I realized Elliott must have heard a watered down version somewhere, because he exclaimed loudly as the wolf ate the grandmother "This must be a different version!"  Some children are too sensitive for these type of stories, but mine handled it well.

I had many more "red" books, but we haven't gotten to them yet.

Normally I try to avoid abridged/adapted versions, but husband picked up Old Yeller (Disney Storybook Favorites) when he was out of town.  Although my boys aren't sensitive, they aren't ready for the original ending to this one.  This book includes much of Yeller's wild antics and heroic actions, but ends after the original owner of Yeller trades him for a toad and a dinner, and the dog knows he has a forever home.  It's appropriate for my kids, and I own the original for when they're ready.

If Only I Had a Green Nose by Max Lucado is apparently a sequel.  Punchinello learns the hard way about following the crowd, peer pressure, being unique, and appreciating yourself the way you are.  There were even more (religious) connections that my 5 year old may make in the future, but for now he enjoyed it simply as a story.  I enjoyed the illustrations, but I thought it was a unnecessarily drawn out in some areas, and I could tell the 2 year old was losing interest.

The Legend of the Bluebonnet is Tomie DePaola's retelling of an Indian legend.  We actually didn't get to this one on "blue" day, but I am going to try to read it this week anyway, because I think Elliott will like it.

Blue Sky Bluebird by Rick Chrustowski is a great living science/nature book about the life cycle of a bluebird.  Both boys enjoyed it, and Emory has asked for it again already.  We read Big Brown Bat by the same author with our Halloween books, and it was well received too.

Blueberries for Sal is one of our favorite books, so of course we had to read it!  Who can resist Little Sal and Little Bear getting all mixed up?  Kerplink, Kerplank, Kerplunk!

April's Kittens by Clare Turlay Newberry is a story about April, who lives in a tiny "one cat" apartment (father's rule) with her parents and cat Sheba.  However, the family must decide what to do when Sheba has kittens.  I liked the story, but I also found it to be another of those incredibly long stories with unnecessary conversation and details.  Nevertheless, Elliott never moved or wandered away.  He had no comments, but he was tired, so I'm not sure how he felt.

Emory picked The Salamander Room and both boys enjoyed it!  A great living science/nature book about how to make a salamander comfortable in your bedroom.


  1. I love your Permission to Pin button!!

    The Legend of Blue Bonnet is one of my all-time favorites--I am a children's librarian and try to read that once a year in my library programs!

  2. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure my children have ever read a close to the original version of Little Red Riding Hood either - though I'm sure they'd recognize it from "Hoodwinked" :)

  3. Sounds like a great group of books! My boys watched Old Yeller last year (at 6 and 4). They were devastated! I think I should have read them the book first :0(

  4. What a great bunch of books! I love the rainbow theme--what a great idea. And yes, I think Old Yeller might best be handled in small increments. ;-)

    Thanks for linking up to RAT!

  5. This is a great list of books, and I like your idea of "colored" days. I found A Ledend of the Bluebonnet to be very sad. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

  6. Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom