March 3, 2011

February 2011 Books

The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Mulberry books)The Twelve Dancing Princesses As told by Marianna Mayer

My favorite fairy tale; I fell in love with it after hearing it read by Natasha on Storynory.  I love the illustrations in this version, but also the story is very similar to Storynory's.

The Magical Garden of Claude Monet   [MAGICAL GARDEN OF CLAUDE MONET] [Paperback]

Another fun art introduction book.

Earth to Stella!Earth To Stella by Simon Puttock

A Christmas gift from Granny, we love all of the Stella books.  This one is not in that series though.  Still it's a very cute book about a little girl who doesn't want to go to sleep, and her tired daddy, who can't stay awake.

This was one of our reads during our math studies.   It's a decent introduction to the Pythagorean theorem.    

A good read to introduce the vocabulary of basic geometry.  Sometimes I think Robotson loses the math in these types of stories.  I think he's a more literal thinker.  Perhaps I should skip the fiction and just give him the problems.  He seems to enjoy them better. 

Anno's Mysterious Multiplying JarAnno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar by Masaichiro and Mitsumasa Anno

I bought this to supplement our multiplication work.  It's a really lovely book, but the numbers get big very quickly.  I think it mostly went over Robotson's head.  I'm glad we have it though.

Definitely my favorite multiplication storybook.  The kids all love Rumplestiltskin, and his magic stick is a very clever device.  I think it fits perfectly with the traditional story. He gets angry at being tricked out of the baby, so he begins to multiply things in the kingdom.  He uses fractions to deplete some important things, like stones in a wall.  And he multiplies by whole numbers to increase things one does not want more of- like noses!   The prince has to find a way to get that stick, repair the kingdom, and get rid of Rumplestiltskin once and for all!

Mathematicians Are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians, Vol. 2Mathematicians Are People, Too Volume Two by Luetta Reimer

More famous mathematicians to learn about this month!

Say Cheese (Charlie and Lola)

Say Cheese! by Lauren Child

Another Charlie and Lola book.  We may have them all by now.  I love how Charlie is always trying to help out his little sister, even when she's driving him crazy!  Solution-oriented kids always a big plus in my book.

Sector 7 (Caldecott Honor Book)7 Sector 7 by David Wiesner

Why are clouds always shaped like clouds?  You get to make up the story in this book.   Clouds can be anything.

Guess who wants a guinea pig?  Maybe one day....

You're Lovable to Me

This was a cute reminder that no matter how the day goes, parents always love their children.  It wasn't a hit with the kids though.  Robotson said, "Yeah, yeah I already know you love me no matter what."  Maybe it was the bunnies.  I need to look for a zombie version. 

Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do You Know Me?: A Garden Guessing GameBumblebee, Bumblebee, Do You Know Me? by Anne Rockwell

Dimples picked this out at the library and we read it several times.  The bumblebee visits a variety of flowers.  You learn their names and a little tidbit about each one.  Perhaps a good read with upcoming spring gardens.

Snow White And the Seven Dwarfs (Young Reading Gift Books)
We read all of the Snow White versions we can find for Dimples.  

Silverlicious (Pinkalicious)
Silverlicious by Victoria Kann

I've never been a big fan of Pinkilicious.  This book didn't win me over, but the girls enjoyed it.  There's a lesson about treating people kindly in there.  At least she didn't throw any tantrums this time.  I can't figure out the title either.

The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King ArthurThe Kitchen Knight Retold by Margaret Hodges

My mind must have been wandering when we read this because I don't really remember it.  There's this guy who wants to be a knight, he gets a quest with a snooty woman, succeeds then gets treated poorly by the lady in need.  It all works out in the end.    

Hunches in Bunches (Classic Seuss)Hunches in Bunches by Dr. Seuss 

You can't go wrong with Dr. Seuss.

Ben's Trumpet
Ben's Trumpet by Rachel Isadora

Ben loves jazz music, especially the trumpet, which he plays all the time.  Eventually he gets the chance to practice with a real jazz band.  This was our favorite this month; the drawings are really dynamic. The same kindness lesson from Silverlicious is found here, but the story is better.    

Dora Saves Mermaid Kingdom! (Dora the Explorer)Dora Saves Mermaid Kingdom!

These books aren't that great, and I have a hard time reading the Spanish words that I don't know.  Funny Girl loves mermaids though.

Same as above.

Shall I Knit You a Hat?: A Christmas Yarn

Sometimes the best gifts aren't immediately appreciated, but it's the thought that counts.  We picked this one up after the holidays, but I'd highly recommend it for Christmas reading, especially with all the knitting mamas that I know.

Miss Nelson Is Missing!Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard

One of my childhood favorites!  I was so thrilled to see this at the consignment sale.   I plan to put this one into heavier rotation.  Lately I've become the "meanest mom ever."  Miss S was getting taken advantage of a little bit too often. 

The Cat in NumberlandThe Cat in Numberland

There's always room at Hotel Infinity.  I read this one with the kids over a couple of nights because I thought the girls could benefit from a little longer story.  Most of the math went over their heads, and Robotson is beyond it.  Still a good short chapter book with beginning math concepts.

The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure

Robotson and I started this one, but we haven't finished it yet.   I am really liking this one!  It's taking the basics and upping the ante.  In six chapters we've learned about higher powers, square roots, squaring, irrational numbers, natural numbers, prime numbers, Roman numerals,  the Fibonnaci sequence, and the Pythagorean theorem.   The only thing I'm not fond of is changing the names of some concepts.  For example the number devil calls square roots rutabagas.  I understand why, but I think it makes it more confusing, especially since I keep referring to the proper terminology.  

Laura Ingalls Wilder (DK Biography)Laura Ingalls Wilder DK Biography by Tanya Lee Stone

We are also still reading this book.  I thought Robotson would like to hear about some the differences between the real and fictional Lauras.  He's asked me not to read beyond where we are in the books though, so we have stopped in De Smet for now.  I figure we'll read another in March.

What are you reading these days?  Got any good recommendations?

1 comment:

  1. Children's books is one of my favourite topics! I noticed you have a number of books listed that have math themes. Some of my favourites are: "Math-terpieces" by Greg Tang which has a nice art connection, One "Grain of Rice" by Demi which for older kids but great for problem solving on paper and with a calculator, and "Math Curse" by Jon Scieszka which is just fun to read!