April 1, 2011

March 2011 Books

Our book list for March was significantly shorter because our bedtime routine was out of whack.  If the kids wanted to read then we did, but if they wanted to watch t.v. I let them do that instead.  That was o.k. for a little while, and I don't regret it, but I'm ready for more consistency.  Plus I want to get back to reading more for myself and I'll need my evenings to do that.

Barbie In The 12 Dancing Princesses (Junior Novelization (Scholastic))Barbie in The 12 Dancing Princesses:  A Junior Novelization

 I don't have the same vendetta with Barbie that a lot of women seem to harbor.  The girls have only recently begun to get interested in her so they asked for this and one other at a consignment sale.  The story is loosely based on The Twelve Dancing Princesses, but as a beginning chapter book it wasn't a bad read.  Even Robotson enjoyed it.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Picture Puffin Books)Goldilocks and the Three Bears Retold by James Marshall

Not much to say about this really.  The girls were playing on Mister Roger's Neighborhood and heard him tell the story, so Dimples asked for it from the library.

Sukey and the Mermaid (Aladdin Picture Books)Sukey and the Mermaid by Robert D. San Souci

I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this was a little darker than most mermaid stories.  Sukey has a hard life, but she befriends a mermaid who helps her, that is until her low-life parents find out.  So Sukey goes off to live with the mermaid, but eventually she misses life on land and goes back.  The mermaid gives her some advice on whom to marry and when she finds him it's all set.   Her step-dad is still a creep though and he kills her husband-to-be.  The mermaid helps Sukey again, then says good-bye forever.   I loved the drawings and the story was interesting.  I'm just not sure my five and three year olds were ready for the weight of this story.

What Color Is Caesar?What Color Is Caesar? by Maxine Kumin

I got this recommendation from Living Peacefully with Children.  Check out the link for a short review.  The kids enjoyed it, and I'm sure we would have read it more if we'd been reading.  It's still here for another couple of weeks.

Heidi (Great Illustrated Classics)Great Illustrated Classics Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Robotson wanted to read this as his bedtime pick for a week, but we only got one night's reading out of it.  He says it wasn't that interesting and he's done.  I suggested we read the unabridged, so we'll see.  

The Jungle Book - Coloring BookTreasury of Illustrated Classics The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Dimples picked this one out after we finished Barbie.  She wants to continue reading when we pick back up on Monday.

Math-terpiecesMath-terpieces by Greg Tang

This was a recommendation from Sadie and it was a huge hit.  Thank you so much!  I loved the art and the math was a bonus.  This one tied in really well with so many of the other books we've been reading lately.  It really brought together Robotson's studies with the girls' art books.  I think this is a must own for us.

A Zombie's Guide To The Human BodyA Zombie's Guide To the Human Body by Tom Becker and Mercer Mayer

Continuing our love for the creepy, gory, and frightening what better way to learn about the human body than from those who love us best (with ketchup!)  I was particularly tickled that Mercer Mayer was part of this one as I love his work as well as his first wife, Marianne.

What Planet Are You from Clarice Bean?What Planet Are You From, Clarice Bean? by Lauren Child

More love for Lauren Child, in fact I think this is a repeat from not long ago.  I'm going to try to read the Clarice Bean series to the girls this year.

BrontorinaBrontorina by James Howe

Brontorina wants to be a ballet dancer.  I LOVED this book because the focus is on how to find a way to make this work for her, not on the enormous (literally) problem of a dancing dino.  There are a couple of naysayers, but they don't get much attention.   The message in the end is if you can't fit inside the system, then change the system.

Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland (A Math Adventure)Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland by Cindy Neuschwander

Radius wants to be a knight.  Using math he completes his quest and realizes his dream.

Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone also by Cindy Neuschwander

Same idea as the sword in the stone.  Whomever finds the sword gets to be king.

Diary of a Wimpy KidDiary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

All I know about this book is that Robotson read it all on his own in two days.  He borrowed the movie from some friends, but these things are rarely the same.  The movie was cute though I didn't like the emphasis on fitting in.  I'm just over the moon that Robotson loves them.  I picked up the rest of the series for him yesterday and he's already finished book two and started on the third!

Camille and the SunflowersCamille and the Sunflowers:  A story about Vincent Van Gogh by Laurence Anholt

The kids quickly picked up on how awful Vincent Van Gogh was treated during his lifetime and asked a lot of really good questions.  This was probably the saddest art book we've read to date.

Twelve Hats for Lena : A Book of MonthsTwelve Hats for Lena:  A Book of Months by Karen Katz

I don't know about this book.  Lena creates a different hat for each month of the year, but it's all about holidays and stuff.  I guess that's helpful to kids for learning the months, but most "holidays" now are so ridiculous that we don't bother with them.  My kids don't really know about St. Patrick's day and won't get the significance of it being in March.  Oh well.

I'm The Biggest Thing in the OceanI'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

This squid thinks a lot of himself, but in a cute funny sort of way.  My nephew had this one last year through school and I'd forgotten about it until recently.  I think it's a great book for beginning readers as the words are simple and large, plus it's fun to read.


  1. We read Math-terpieces this month too! That Zombie book looks really cool, I wonder if Nic would enjoy that one.

  2. So glad you liked Math-terpieces!

    I think I might try Clarice Bean with my oldest. Looks right up her alley and I need a break from Barbie. Yes, I admit to being one of those Moms who doesn't really enjoy Barbie - not books, movies or dolls. :-)

  3. Camille and the Sunflowers would be a great book for my six year old. He loves art -- one of few children that doesn't complain about frequent art institute visits -- and greatly appreciates Van Gogh's story, with a little help from two recent "Doctor Who" episodes.

    The Cindy Neuschwander books look interesting as well.