Archive for August, 2010

Not A Box by Antoinette Portis

Daughter’s age when read: 3 yrs old

Danielle from There’s a Book suggested this one so I requested it from the library.  It’s a cute story about a rabbit using is imagination to come up with a variety of ways to play with a cardboard box.  This book was one of the first suggestions I looked up because my daughter loves boxes.  She has made houses, tunnels, boats and most recently has used our piles of moving boxes as her “stage” to perform on.  At first I did not think she enjoyed it because she did not say much during our first time through but she asked for it every night.  Now she can “read” it herself and cracks herself up.  This is due back to the library soon so I foresee us having to buy our own copy.

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Scholastic Warehouse Sale Book Haul

The Scholastic Warehouse had a book sale going on and while it was smaller than the last we still came home with way too many books.  I foresee having to give some of these as gifts to friends with kids.  Here is what we picked up:

Curious George the Deluxe Movie Storybook

Dora’s Mystery of the Missing Shoes by Christine Ricci, Steven Savitsky

The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell

Little Green Tow Truck by Ken Wilson-Max

The Backyardigans Pirate Treasure by Justin Spelvin, Matthew Stoddart (Illustrator), McPaul Smith (Based On Work by)

If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Illustrator)

Ten Shiny Snails by Ruth Galloway

Can You See What I See Cool Collections by Walter Wick

Mommy’s Little Star by Janet Bingham

Tonka Making Tracks by Kirsten Hall, Jesus Redondo (Illustrator)

I’m a Little Caterpillar by Tim Weare

Two pack including:

Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale and Rainbow Fish to the Rescue by Marcus Pfister Herbert, J Alison James (Translator)

Chicka Chicka 123 by Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, Lois Ehlert (Illustrator)

Dora The Explorer It’s Sharing Day by Kirsten Larsen, Ron Zalme (Illustrator)

Dora and the Stuck Truck by Phoebe Beinstein, Robert Roper (Illustrator)

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Baby’s First Library Numbers by Yoyo Books

Daughter’s age when read: 12 months to present (3 yrs old)

If you saw my review of the alphabet book from Yoyo Books you know I was a big fan of it and just as impressed with the numbers book.  The pictures are engaging and my daughter enjoys going through the pages and counting each group of objects.  It’s also a book that can grow with your child as they get older.  First it helped my daughter recognize numbers, then as my daughter grew older she started being able to count the objects on each page.  Right now we are working on the pages which add and subtract objects.  She hasn’t gotten the hang of that but she still enjoys counting the items and naming what each of them are.  Another great book to add to your child’s library.

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Baby’s First Library ABC by Yoyo Books

Daughter’s age when read: Around 1 to current (3 yrs old)

We have an older edition of this book and it is wonderful.  I swear this book was one of the reasons my daughter learned her letters as young as she did.  The pictures were simple and words that interested her like balls, frogs, etc.  Til this day she still likes to go through it and we find something new to learn.  For example, on some pages there are more than one object like keys so she counts how many keys there are.  Or we go over what colors are in a picture.  It’s also a nice, sturdy book and survived a lot of abuse from my daughter.

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Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

Daughter’s age when read: 1 yr old-18 months

This is one of my favorite of Katz’s books.  I loved reading it to my daughter and would “kiss” along with the story on her feet, hands and so on.  As she grew older she really enjoyed it as well and loved pointing out each body part along with the story.  Education-wise I also found it really helped her with numbers and learning body parts.  Like I mentioned she would point out body parts and the counting repetition helped her learn to count to 10 and recognize the numbers on each page.  It starts off with ten little kisses on teeny, tiny toes and ends with one last kiss on a sleepy dreamy head.  Highly recommended!

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A Fish Out of Water by Helen Palmer

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

I have a confession to make about this book.  My daughter enjoyed it but I tried to hide it after the first week or so until I could return it to the library.  First off I couldn’t stand the story and found it so boring to read.  Secondly I normally let her choose 3 books to read at bed time and at 72 pages this one took forever!  It’s basically about a boy who doesn’t listen and feeds his fish too much.  So the fish grows and grows getting too large for his bowl, pots, bath tubs, etc.  I am glad that after returning this one we had plenty of other books that caught her attention.  Maybe others would enjoy it and have the time to read through it at bed time but it was not for me.  Especially since we haven’t really introduced the idea of only reading part of a book per night yet.  Most of the ones we read are short enough not to need to do so.

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Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boyton

Daughter’s age when read: around 18 months-2 years

This one was one of my daughter’s favorites for a long time.  Initially she loved it when she was learning about animals and the sounds they make because you see all the classic farm animals-cows, sheep, pigs, etc.  Then as time went on and she got older the tempo at which you can read the book was catchy.  She would ounce around or bop to the beat and her favorite part was the first two lines-“Clap your hands and stomp your feet…” and would do both whenever we would read this book.  Definitely one I would recommend to all parents.

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