Archive for October, 2010

I’m 3! Look What I Can Do by Maria Carluccio

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

This book looked so cute I had to request it from my library.  They totally rock.  They didn’t have the book but I put in a purchase request and voila!  This book is very simple but the illustrations are great and they have made a monumental change in my daughter.  We have been having a hard time getting her to sleep in her own bed but the very first page of this book is I can sleep in my bed.  So when we read this book at night my daughter tells me that she can sleep in her own bed and voluntarily goes to her own bed.  There are also other positive messages that help like I can clean up and I can hug and kiss my mom good bye at school.  So I use these pages to reinforce that she doesn’t have to cry when I drop her off at school and she shouldn’t throw temper tantrums when it’s time to clean up.

I know I’m going on and on about why I liked it but my daughter loves this book too.  She gets excited when we read things like how the girl in the book can use a fork and spoon and she can too.  My daughter loves relating the pages to her own life.  One page is about the daddy giving the girl a bath and my daughter talks about how I give her a bath instead of her daddy.  All in all I hate to return this one to the library and highly recommend it.

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Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

This is a very simple book but both my daughter and I love it.  It’s about a daddy who takes his daughter to the park to ride the swings.  She keeps asking him to push her higher and higher until she passes a giraffe, tall buildings, mountains and into outer space.  My daughter loves when she meets an alien child in space on his swing and then the girl in the book comes back down to daddy and asks him “again!”.  This book is so fitting because my daughter loves the swings and is always asking to go higher and higher until she can touch the sky.  My favorite part of the book is after the girl asks “again!” they show her leaving the swing on her daddy’s shoulders.  This has amazingly helped me get my daughter to leave the park without the temper tantrums she used to throw because I remind her that the girl in the book didn’t fuss when they left the park.  She knows that she always gets to come back again another day.  So that alone made this a favorite book of mine. LOL.  The illustrations in this book are wonderful too.  Very vibrant and lots of little details to discuss with your child.

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Little Green Tow Truck by Ken Wilson-Max

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

This book follows the little green tow truck as he responds to a red convertible that is stuck on the highway and needs a tow.  It’s full of interactive pieces like being able to turn the key to start the truck, a map that unfolds in the glove compartment and more.  My daughter is in love with this book but it takes us forever to get through it.  She has to move every single interactive piece several times and there is one page where you hook up the convertible to the tow truck.  It doesn’t work very well and is difficult to “hook up” but my daughter is always determined to do so.  This book definitely feeds into her love of trucks in general and her specific fascination with tow trucks.  My main complaint with this book is the pieces all come out very easily.  So when you are supposed to push or pull the car along the truck piece is always popping out and I have to try and fix it.

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Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

 

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

I was on Twitter asking for suggestions on good children Halloween books and Inara Scott (author of The Candidates, an awesome book I must say) suggested this one.  So I requested it from the library and what a wonderful book it is!  It instantly became one of my daughter’s and my own favorites.  It’s about a friendly witch who is flying on her broomstick and loses her hat, wand, etc and animals along the way help her find the items and then join her on her broom.  There is a nice rhyming pattern that makes this book easy to read and has just enough repetition that my daughter can read parts of it herself.  That is her favorite part as I read the beginning of a sentence and she finishes it for me.  Her favorite line from the book to read herself  is “Whoosh! They were gone.”  The illustrations are also wonderful and we have to stop to examine each page so she can point out something new every time we read it.  If you are looking for a Halloween themed book for the little ones this is definitely one I would pick up.

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Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

This book follows llama llama on his first day of school and how he adjusts to being lonely at first and missing his mama.  I forgot whose blog I saw this on but as soon as I read what it was about I had to go get it from my library.  My daughter started preschool this year and is a total mama’s girl so she has a hard time when I drop her off at school.  Initially when we read this book I think it actually made my daughter sad because she could relate to poor little llama llama.  I would try to help her relate to him that although he was sad and missed his mama there were a lot of fun things to do at school and he could have fun with all the new friends he made.  Now it’s become one of her favorite books and she tells me how things are the same or different from her own school.  I love the illustrations and that all the students and teachers are animals.  My daughter loves animals and she finds it funny that the teacher is a zebra.  Definitely a fun book with a great lesson for those just starting off at school.

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The 13 Days of Halloween by Carol Greene

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

This book was a ghoulish take on the 12 days of Christmas as a ghoul gives his best friends a different gift each day for 12 days.  On the 13th day she gives him a gift but ends the book with “Guess what?” and you have to guess what she gave him.  My daughter loves this book and calls it the singing book.  I think part of the reason she enjoys it so much is she loves to sing and listen to singing so she finds it fun to “read”.  There are also so many fun things going on in the illustrations that she is constantly finding new things to look at and ask questions about.  This is such a wonderful book and am so glad Sourcebooks on Twitter suggested it and I was able to get it from our library.

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Halloween Crafts

I’m sure you have noticed that we have been going through a bunch of Halloween books lately.  To prepare for Halloween we have also been doing some Halloween crafts.  Take a look.

My daughter loves these little foam/sticker art kits and they are a good way to keep her occupied.

Frankenstein

Jack O’ Lantern

My Witch!

Then what to do with all those ghouls?

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