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Blue Goose by Nancy Tafuri

Daughter’s age when read: 3.5 years old (also good for younger children)

If you have a child that is trying to learn their basic colors or even if they are an older child who is learning how you can combine two colors to create a third color this is a good book to pick up.  When Farmer Gray leaves the farm one day Blue Goose, White Duck, Red Hen and Yellow Chick decide to add some color to the farm.  We follow them as they paint the barn red, the sky blue and so on. Then we also watch as they mix the colors together to create greens, oranges, light blue and purple to add even more color to the farm.

My daughter loves reading this book because a) she loves the farm animals, b) she can “read” most of the book to herself as she turns the pages and can see what color each animal is going to use to paint and c) we have been working on the concept of mixing two colors together to create a third color.  She does not quite have that idea down but this book along with the Blues Clues video we periodically watch about colors is starting to sink the idea into her mind.  So if your little one is working on colors this is a great book to pick up.


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Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Melanie Watt

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

This is the second Scaredy Squirrel book we have read and this one was a huge hit. If you haven’t read this series it’s about this squirrel who is afraid of pretty much everything and always has a plan on how to deal with different situations. In this one he does not want to go to the beach because he’s afraid of things like pirates, pinching crabs, hordes of jelly fish, etc.  So he instead plans on building his own private beach.  After he is done he realizes he is missing one thing-the sound of the ocean.  So he decides he will go to the real beach, find a sea shell and bring it back to his own private beach so he can listen to the sound of the ocean.  Of course he has this elaborate plan but something goes wrong. When he gets to the beach he’s surrounded by people and is surprised to find he actually enjoys being a part of the crowd.

The best part of this book was the illustrations.  There are so many things to talk about as we go over his emergency plan and the map he draws.  She also finds it funny when we read what happens to Scaredy Squirrel when he plays dead (this is always his last resort when in trouble).  The ending was her favorite when he realizes that the shell he finally brings home with him has a crab living in it. I was amazed after we read it the first time she remembered when I said hermit crabs live in shells and she told her dad that the next time we read the book together. If you are looking for those giggles and lots of fun this series is one to check out.

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Little Rabbit’s Christmas by Harry Horse

Daughter’s age when read: 3 yrs old

This was a cute book about Little Rabbit receiving a sled for Christmas and not wanting to share it with his friends.  After a series of events that leads to his sled breaking and his friends helping to repair it he realizes that it is better to share your toys and can be more fun than playing with it by yourself.  I think this is a book that my daughter would have to grow into.  There were too many words per page and she would lose interest so I had to summarize each page into short blurbs.  She was more interested in looking at the illustrations and making up her own story.  I have to be honest that while this was a cute story it was too long for my tastes but we may give it another try in a year or two.

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Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

This was a fun and cute book to read. It’s part of a series of books that follows mouse through his first day of school, first fall, first day of snow, etc.  So far this has been my daughter’s favorite in the series. Mouse and Minka go out on a Fall day and have all sorts of fun with the Fall leaves.  They stack them up, jump in them, play hide and seek and more.  My daughter has this thing about leaves. She loves to pick them up,compare the shapes with each other, carry them around and give them as gifts to everyone.  Yes, if we come across you after being outside for awhile more than likely she will have a leaf to show you.  So not surprisingly she was engrossed by each page and each activity Mouse and Minka take part in. Of course it also leads to the questions like why do the leaves fall from the trees, why are the leaves all different colors…You know how it is with 3 year olds so be prepared to come up with some good answers.  This is definitely a series I would recommend checking out if you haven’t already.

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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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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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Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

My daughter and I both enjoyed Llama Llama Misses Mama so we decided to try this one from the library.  Unfortunately I just do not care for it as much even though my daughter does pick it out almost every night since we have borrowed it.  She does not get as in to it as she does with other books though.  Usually when we read a book she asks questions about the pictures or what is going on but for the most part she stays silent during this one.  So not quite sure why she keeps picking it out.

As to why I don’t care for it, it’s because I think it actually makes her more nervous about going to bed and shows her a lot of behaviors like yelling, stomping feet, etc. that I rather her not get into her head.  With kids her age I notice often times it’s the bad behavior that sinks in more initially rather than the good behavior.  I’m keeping this one until the due date or until she stops picking it at night but most likely not one we will purchase.

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