Archive for November, 2010

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

My daughter loved this book even more than Chicka Chicka 123 and that is saying a lot since that was one of her favorites.  If you have a little one who is learning the alphabet this is a cute book to pick up.  It follows all the letters as they climb up a coconut tree.  After all the letters get up the tree they find out they are too heavy and everyone tumbles out of the tree.  She loved watching the letters climb up and the rhyming patterns were great.  She always burst out in giggles when the letters fall out with a big chicka chicka BOOM BOOM.  Then she is fascinated as the letters recover from “skinned knees” or “stubbed toes” with the cute illustrations.

My favorite part of this book and the 123 counterpart book is that on the inside covers are the alphabet in both upper case and lower case and the numbers from 1 to 100.  We go through those and it helps her on the few places she gets stuck.  (she mixes up 6 and 9 and M and W)  This also helps her with learning the lower case letters as she is used to seeing just the upper case letters.  I have a lot of fun reading this book to her and would highly suggest it.

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Bears, Bears, Bears by Bob Barner

Daughters age when read: 3 years old

I was fortunate enough to go on a tour of the Chronicle Books office in San Francisco last week and picked this book up while I was there.  I am so glad I did because my daughter loved it.  In her words “This book is so cool!”.  The first thing we looked at was the dust jacket which opens up into a map of the world. On the two edges are descriptions of different types of bears and where they live.  She was excited to see the “snow bears’ (polar bears) and the sloth bears because she loves the sloths in Diego.  So we were having a blast and we had not even started the book yet.

Once we were done pouring over the poster we started reading about all the different things these different types of bears did. There were some familiar ones like the panda bears and some new bears to us like the Sun bears.  She especially enjoyed reading the different facts about the baby bears.  She found it fun comparing how big the baby cubs are at birth compared to how big daddy is.

If you are looking for a fun, educational and interactive book for your little one this is one to check out.

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The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

This book would make the perfect gift for those new parents out there. It talks about all the things a new parent will go through as the baby calls “meetings”, aka middle of the night feedings, or has their parents on call constantly. It also illustrates the perks the boss baby has like 24/7 bottles delivered to them. It’s a hilarious book with wonderful illustrations although the humor is geared more towards parents than children.  Older children may enjoy this one more but I would definitely one you may want to check out as a baby shower gift.

There were nuances that my 3 year old did not understand and I think even a 4 year old may not get.  So she did not enjoy the book as much as I had hoped. She did not understand that the “meetings” are the baby waking up to cry and that the exersaucer was the baby’s “desk”.  So I would not suggest this for the younger kids.

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Tacky’s Christmas by Helen Lester

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

This book follows a group of penguins including the penguin that marches to his owner drummer, Tacky.  They are busy wrapping gifts and decorating for Christmas when a bunch of wolves come by to steal their presents. When they see Tacky dressed up as Santa they think he is the real thing and end up staying to celebrate Christmas with the penguins instead of taking their gifts. My daughter enjoyed this one the first few days but it wasn’t one of the books that stuck with her.  I think the only reason she asked for it in those first days was because there is one page where you sing a song and she loves musical books. I think it might be better geared towards a 4 or 5 year old so we may try it again next year.

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Listening Time by Elizabeth Verdick

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

This was one of those books I randomly came across at the library and thought it looked good because my daughter has been having a hard time during circle time at school. Her teachers say she tends to fidget and not want to listen so we have really been working on that.  In this book they talk about the proper way to listen.  My daughter got really excited because she recognized a lot of the phrases and associated it with preschool.  One of the directions is to sit “criss cross applesauce” which is what her teachers say to do. They also use her favorite phrase from circle time”Zip it and lock it and put it in  your pocket” as you pretend to lock your lips together. She finds that hilarious.  So every time we read this book we reinforce that good listeners sit still and do not talk when the teacher is talking. Her teachers say they have seen an improvement which is awesome.  So if your little one needs some help listening this would be a great book to pick up.

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Need to find a children’s book & want to win an Amazon Giftcard?

At my adult/YA book blog, Debbie’s World of Books, I have posted a shopping list of children’s books that readers have suggested.  You can also enter for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card.  Go check it out!

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Chicka Chicka 123 by Bill Martin Jr.

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

I honestly had never heard of this book when we picked it up at the Scholastic warehouse sale but my daughter insisted on getting it.  Since then I’ve seen it mentioned all over the place as a children’s favorite.  For the longest time it was a book my daughter would only ask grandma and grandpa to read to her so I never really saw how she reacted since I was busy with the baby.  Now that grandma and grandpa are gone she has taken to bringing it to me to read to her.  It’s a fun book that is great because it goes past 10 (which my daughter knows pretty well).  It’s a cute story about 0 watching all the other numbers playing in a tree and wondering if there is a place for him.  My daughter enjoys looking at the colorful numbers and asking what they are doing in the tree.  She also likes the pages which has the numbers on them and shocked me by counting up to 30.  Here I always thought she only knew up to 20.  Definitely a fun book that I intend to keep around.

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