Saturday, April 23, 2011

What My Child Is Reading

Last week was such a hectic week, and while we did a lot of reading Selena’s main focus was learning her part for the Palm Sunday play, my main focus was on not only helping her but also helping Papa get ready for his business trip. We did stop by the library and picked up only the books I had reserved, we didn’t have time to search the shelves for any special treasures.

This week has seemed strange not having Papa here, and I know that Selena really misses him. She counts the days for him to come home. The first part of the week was especially tough for her and she asked about him and cried at bedtime when he wasn’t here to tuck her in. I tried to keep her very busy though, with play, learning, and preparing for Easter. We pulled out all of our Easter decorations, which really surprised Selena as I had never pulled them out until this year. My Easter decorations all have a lot of sentimental meaning for me, and unlike my Christmas decorations I truly wanted to wait until Selena was ready to appreciate them. Her favorite one is my favorite one, a glass snow globe that plays Easter Parade. She actually cries when she winds it up and hears the song. What she doesn’t know is that I am silently crying as well, as that was a song my dad use to sing to me, and the globe was a gift from my mom. I truly believe I picked the right year and the right timing to share them with her.

Ok onto the books that we have been reading.

Youread Natalie at Mouse Grows Mouse Learns first introduced us to the You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You books by Mary Ann Hoberman and Michael Emberley. The book has several very short stories that are set up for you and your child to read together. The text is split up so that you read part, your child reads part, then there are parts that both of you read together. Selena had a hard time at first understanding this concept, but by the second time we picked up the book, she figured it out, and has truly enjoyed sharing this book with me.

51WZOr SybL._SL500_AA300_ I don’t remember who recommended My Little Train by Satomi Ichikawa, so I apologize for not acknowledging exactly who introduced this book to us. I do remember when I first seen it I knew it would be one that Selena would just adore. She loves trains, and she also loves adventures. This book has it all. A train that will take you anywhere you want to go, and a passenger who just merely wants to go on an adventure, up into the hills, over a cliff, then back home to mama.

51uoMgl7-rL._SL500_AA300_ Another book recommended by Natalie at Mouse Grows Mouse Learns, A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon was another huge success here with Selena. It is a cute story about a little girl who is truly tired of being different because she likes Lima Beans. When she decides that she will not eat them anymore, and pretend that she doesn’t like them, she suddenly awakes with stripes. As the story goes on her stripes change. None of the Drs nor Experts could cure her. It wasn’t until she was convinced to eat lima beans again, that she returned back to her normal self.

Head on over to Mouse Grows Mouse Learns, to discover what others are reading in their homes.

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  1. It's awesome that you picked this year to share special Easter decorations with Selena. It sounds like she really needed this. I am glad that she enjoyed the books.

  2. I have considered those books that you read together. I'm not sure that Hunter would like them. Maybe I'll try one next time I'm in the library!

  3. The Easter decorations story is so sweet.

    I love a Bad Case of Stripes.