Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Book Highlights (1)

We are heading back to the library tomorrow and here are a few gems we picked up this last round:

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

This book is on any decent book list, but we only now found and read it. Of course, now I see why it makes the cut. The story is written well, fun to read (and listen to), and the pictures are simple ink drawings.

In it, a mom and a little girl pick blueberries in preparation for the winter, while on the other side of the hill, a mother bear and her cub eat blueberries to prepare for the winter as well. A mix-up ensues, but all ends well. My four and six year old particularly liked this one.

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Another oldie but goodie. No matter how often we check this book out, the boys love it, even my eight year old still. It's all about a bull named Ferdinand who would rather smell the flowers than fight the other bulls. He is mistakenly taken to the bull fights in Madrid where he of course refuses to fight. It's a nice book about being yourself. The book is written well and the drawings are simple.

If You Hold a Seed by Elly MacKay

Of all the kids, my four year old enjoyed this book the most, but I liked it best of all. The pictures are gorgeous and would lend nicely to a little book and art project. Plus, when the pictures are so rich, I like simple, descriptive text, and this book does not disappoint. This book would go well with a plant study or a nature study as it follows the growth - and wonder - of a tree growing from a seed.

A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer

The author of the Little Critter books puts out a nice series of kid (boy!) friendly, word-free books. The pictures are simple ink drawings with just a touch of color. My kids find these books so much fun to "read" and the simple antics of a boy, his dog, and soon-to-be frog are too much to resist for active young kids.

Do you have any favorites?

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