Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Peek at our Bookshelf

This week we were back to our Dinosaur Theme, so most of our readings were from our dinosaur book basket.

The Velveteen Rabbit was given to my son, along with another beloved bunny story, as an Easter present from a friend of mine a few years ago.  He never paid attention to the book on the shelf, though he has listened to this story countless times from a Librivox recording.  He recently rediscovered the book, so we cuddled up for a lovely bedtime story last night, and he listened to the recording again tonight at bedtime.

I have mixed feelings for How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?  It is cute, but I think it appeals more to the humor of a parent than to the practicality of parenting.  While all of the undesirable behaviors the dinosaurs exhibit are very preschool-ish and easy to relate to, the author does not make it clear that the behaviors are unacceptable.  Instead everything is made "right" by doing something sweet to make up for it.  I don't particularly like this mixed message that it sends.

Dazzle the Dinosaur by Marcus Pfister is about a dinosaur who mysteriously appeared as an egg in another family's nest.  Dazzle's shiny scales make him different from the rest of the dinosaurs, and gets him and his "sister" into trouble--which was edge of the lap exciting for my boys--and out of trouble.  I wouldn't want to read it repeatedly, but it was cute.

It's Snowing! (DinoFours Series) is the only book we've read from the series, and it's about a little ginosaur who keeps getting bossed around by one of his classmates, until his teacher gives him a little pep talk.  It's not terrible, but it's not one I want to read repeatedly.

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