August 7, 2009

What my children are reading August 7, 2009

"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales."
~Albert Einstein

A little late this time, but here's what we've been reading this week. The Well-Read Child has even more!

Found this book by Asimov at our local library sale last year. It's nearly 50 years old, but a really fun and interesting read. Each chapter is on a different scientist starting with Archimedes, and moving chronologically up to Robert Hutchings Goddard. Who you ask? Well that's precisely why this is a great book! Robotson and I are learning a lot. My favorite so far is Edward Jenner, who came up with the smallpox vaccine. Robotson has a soft spot for Copernicus and Galileo.

We haven't had a chance to get back to the library in a couple of weeks, so we are just reading from our shelves. Berenstain's A Book is a pretty cute book where most of the words start with the letter A. The ants are on an adventure and advancing all around.

I Dreamed I Was a Ballerina features the beautiful paintings of Edgar Degas. It's the story of when Anna Pavlova's mother took her to her first ballet to see Sleeping Beauty. She was so mesmerized that she decided right then and there to study ballet. This is one of couple books I've found over the last year that introduces the kids to the arts through storytelling.

We have the complete tales of Beatrix Potter and this week I pulled out The Tale of Tom Kitten. I'm not actually a big fan of Beatrix Potter, but the girls love her stories. I've always found them sort of mean and a little bit dark. I guess growing up with the toned down versions of fairy tales has distorted my views of the actual tales. So I was really inspired by this post a friend wrote on her love for dark tales.

1 comment:

  1. I have never heard of any of this books. I am a big fan of Asimov. I will be definitely checking this one out when Anna is older.