July 30, 2009

What my children are reading this week

"Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read."
— Marilyn Jager Adams

Robotson and I took a break this week. I thought he might be relieved to not have a book going, but instead he misses it. Yay! I suggested he start something on his own, but he's still not interested in reading to himself. I worried quite a bit about this resistance to reading, but after this week I don't think I have any reason to be concerned. Even though I have never implied I would stop reading to him at any point, I think he worries that he'll lose that time with me. He won't.

We started the week off with The Princess and the Pea. I love Lauren Child. Her style is so much fun, from interesting fonts to using photographs of a three dimensional world instead of just drawings.

Dimples received Cinderella's Party Night from my cousin for her birthday. We haven't listened to the cd that came with
it yet, but the story is cute. Any retelling of a princess story is a big hit in our house.

In anticipation of the upcoming movie, I pulled out Where the Wild
Things Are. The girls didn't seem that interested, but maybe after a few more readings.

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  1. Anna doesn't care for Where The Wild Things Are at all. It scares her. She still has the hardest time separating fact from fiction, and in her clingy phase. Any story that implies separation between a mother and her child is pretty much a non-starter here.
    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog regarding templates. Yes, this is exactly where the problem is. It's complicated in my case that template is in Italian, and the names of the files on the hosting servers are not the same that came with a .zip of the template. But today the server is working again. Still, I am going to track the files and move it to my Photobucket, so I can control my destiny (or, rather, my template's destiny) myself.

  2. You are welcome. I haven't had any more trouble with my template since I changed the links. I hope you can figure out the Italian!

    I'm not entirely sure why because I still get spooked easily, but I have three kids that don't scare easily. There are pluses and minuses to that though. They think nothing can hurt them!

  3. "Where the Wild Things Are" was THE book to both our kids. We all had it memorized (with all the dramatic voices) and used it as birthday party themes, etc. I blogged it in Choose Nine Books for Your Gift Box:

    ". . .include something our hypothetical nation of poor families could read with their kids at bedtime — Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” because it was the little kid all-time fave in our family. Read it, know it, live it! I recited it for hours in the emergency room one awful day and night; it worked like nothing else could, to soothe and protect."

  4. To expand the thought about books and "home" btw, here's what I went on to say about home as theme through my own list of nine books for families to love:

    . . .And there’s the “home” thing, with Scarlett needing Tara as the home that sustained her through war and the loss of everyone she’d ever loved, Patchett’s proclivity to set her books at home, and Lee’s Scout learning to read at home from watching her dad absorbed in reading the newspaper at home. Max coming HOME to his very own room, where he found his supper waiting for him, and it was still hot!

    Probably this historical fiction reflects “home” as theme too, if we think of Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Pimpernel and Ragtime’s characters all leaving home either to defend home, extend home, or create a new home?

    From Ragtime’s “Journey On”:

    Is that other ship going back home?

    No, no. America is our home now.
    America is our shtetl.