June 20, 2011

May 2011 Books

The new Blogger editor is really irritating me right now.  I've lost the Amazon gadget that helped me do the links with pictures below.  I used to be able to get back to the old editor, but now I can't even do that.  So I give up.  I'm just going to post this and apologize for it looking like crap.

I expect our reading will decrease even more over the summer since we have so much planned.  Here is May's book list:

Is a Worry Worrying You?Is a Worry Worrying You? by Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz

If you have little worriers this book could be a great tool for learning how to deal with those fears from distraction to tackling the issue head on.

Math For All Seasons (Scholastic Bookshelf)Math for All Seasons by Greg Tang

Another great book in the same vein as The Grapes of Math, Math Appeal, and Math-terpieces

Equal Shmequal     Equal Shmequal by Virginia Kroll

An introduction to the concept of dividing things equally and finding balance.

Working Cotton

Working Cotton by Sherley Anne Williams

This one is about the times of slavery and what it was like having to pick cotton.  It's actually a bit tame considering the subject.  Robotson is the only one who is aware of slavery at this point since the girls are still a bit young.  I don't think the kids are ready to appreciate the sadness of this story just yet.

Magical Stories (3-in-1 Fairytale Treasuries)3-in-1 Fairytale Treasuries Magical Stories

Just another version of some fairytales.  Nothing new or exciting.

Sparrow Girl

     Sparrow Girl by Sara Pennypacker

Based on a true story, there was a time when China tried to eradicate sparrow because there was a belief that they were ruining the crops.  Unfortunately, when you completely remove one part of an ecosystem it upsets the balance.  This is a really great story about how one person can make a difference to set things right again.

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure:  Tiny Adventurers  (I can't find a link for this one.)

Some lessons from Tinker Bell on what it takes to be an adventurer.

Walt Disney's Cinderella (Disney Classic)Walt Disney's Cinderella

It's exactly what you think it is.

Olive, My Love

Olive My Love by Vivian Walsh

This one seems disjointed and completely random to me.  I guess Olive is a fairly popular character based on a cartoon?  I'm not sure, but we only read it once and I don't really remember it.

Walt Disney's Dumbo, the flying elephant (Disney's wonderful world of reading)
The Frog Prince, Continued (Picture Puffins)
Walt Disney's Dumbo the Flying Elephant

This is also what you think it is.

The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka

What happens after the happily ever after for the girl and the frog prince?  It's not what you might expect.  Neither of them is very happy and so the frog prince decides to go back to being a frog - only it's not as easy as it seems.

Gravity Buster: Journal 2 of a Cardboard Genius (Journal of a Cardboard Genius)
Gravity Buster: Journal of a Cardboard Genius  and Time Twister:  Journal of a Cardboard Genius by Frank Asch

These were read by Robotson.  He enjoyed them, but I'm not sure what they are about.

Whoa Jealousy! by Woodleigh Marx Hubbard

This was my favorite this month.  This book gives big emotions like jealousy, envy, and rivalry definitions that are easy for kids to understand and then tells you that you can choose to let them in or shut them out. I thought the imagery was good and the explanations of how these feelings can get in the way of relationships really hit home.  I think Robotson especially absorbed the messages from this book.

Spooky Hour by Tony Mitton

A Halloween counting book.

Baloney (Henry P.) by Jon Scieszka

Henry is a late again and his excuses are pretty interesting as they are all in different and more obscure languages.  It wasn't my favorite Scieszka book, but it was different.

Emily and the Enchanted Frog by Helen V. Griffith

We got this one because it had a mermaid in it, but that was just one of the three little fairy tales.  They were cute, but not remarkable.  Even reading the Amazon page isn't jogging my memory of them.

Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak

This was actually a pretty creepy book about a sister who isn't watching her little sister close enough and she's stolen by goblins.  It didn't scare my kids, but it wasn't what I was expecting.

Barack Obama of Thee I Sing:  A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama

A cute little history of some of the prominent Americans in history and how they are part of who we are today.  We liked this one.


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  2. I'm going to check out Sparrow Girl. (I have the two books you loaned me but I'm not quite finished with them. I'll try to bring them to you next week).

    (How the >$#*#& did I delete my own comment? I need to go to bed!)

  3. Whoa Jealousy sounds like a good read for people of any age ;)

  4. I love that you've posted about children's books! We've got hundreds in our home. I've written about children's books too, and I have a Dr. Seuss book that I'm planning to post about soon!