It's been a while since we had a book review. Of course, we've not stopped reading at our house. If I try to go a night without a story or 2 books (one for each girl - and sometimes more), I hear about it. And, truthfully, relaxing with my kids and some funny little books is one of the best parts of my day! Here are a few of the recent books we've read.
The Chimpanzees of Happytown - Giles Andreae & Guy Parker-Rees
What I loved best about this book was the colorful illustrations and the rhythm of the text. This is a book in rhyme about a Chimpanzee named Chutney who comes home to his town, Drabsville, USA. While everyone else is used to the dreary gray architecture and dreary day in an out of an unimaginative life, Chutney changes everything by planting a tree washed in color. At first, he gets in trouble but eventually wins everyone over, one by one. The end of the book seemed a little preachy as Chutney lectures the former mayor (who liked his world dreary) about how Chutney's way of life is better. But overall it was a good read. My kids loved it.
Quiet in the Garden - Aliki
This story centers on a little boy who loves to sit quietly in his garden and observe everything growing and moving in it. He hears the little creatures of the garden talking to each other and in the end, they all share a picnic, using food grown in his garden. I love the idea of teaching children to be still and observe all that is around them in the outdoors - finding treasures in the natural world. Incidentally, the illustrations are beautiful - and somehow - quieting. A great book for just before bedtime. Thumbs up from my girls too.
The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School - Laurie Halse Anderson & Ard Hoyt
I don't know what it is about hair books but we keep running into them. And, maybe because both my children are girls, they LOVE them. In this story, Zoe Fleefenbacher has a ton of fabulous red hair with a mind of it's own. Instead of just sitting quietly on her head, it tends to get into everything around it in a rather incredible way. While her kindergarten teacher didn't mind Zoe's wild hair, her new first grade teacher insists that "School has rules".
Unfortunately, Zoe has very little control over her unruly hair. After a series of mishaps, Zoe and her hair finally convince her teacher that after all, this crazy hair is useful and helpful! Personally, I think the whole "hair with a mind of it's own" thing is a little creepy. But my daughters, particularly my two year old, loved this book. My smallest keeps asking, "Can we read Zoe Fleefenbachie, mommy?" I may have to buy it.
Jack and the Dreamsack - by Lawrence Anholt, Illustrated by Ross Collins
Jack is a curious little boy who thinks it's a real bummer he can't remember his dreams in the morning. So, he tries to capture them by placing them in a sack during the night. He has some fun and typically bizarre dreams during his midnight adventure, collecting all he sees. Will he have anything left in the morning? Guess you'll have to read it to find out!
That's it for today. Go read a book with your little people!!