favorite books this week

May 21, 2010

We found a lot of good books this week. Here are our favorites:

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

This was a surprise hit--well, maybe not a surprise, but as we were reading it, I thought it might be a little over her head. But she LOVED this one! It's the story of a man and his steam shovel named Mary Anne. She can "dig as much in a day as a hundred men could dig in a week." Really fun and appealing to kids even though it is about such outdated subject matter. (I had to try to explain the difference between a steam shovel and a gasoline powered one to a three year old who knows neither what steam nor gasoline is...)

Hedgie's Surprise
Hedgie's Surprise by Jan Brett

Again, as I was first reading this, I thought maybe it would creep Juliet out, but no, she loved it. She asked me to read it over and over again. A little Tomten (weird human/troll-ish looking creature) is taking all Henny's eggs. A little hedgehog helps her outsmart the greedy tomten so she can hatch her eggs, and raise her chicks. 

Juliet has never eaten eaten eggs in all her three years of life until this week. After reading this story, she requested eggs for breakfast and gobbled them down. Just like a hungry little tomten. I'm not saying this book will for sure make your child eat eggs, but it MIGHT. 

Little Ballet Star
Little Ballet Star by Adele Geras

This book is really fun--especially if you have a little ballerina in your home. Juliet has a ballet recital coming up in a few weeks, so this was good to read together. Maybe it will help prepare her somehow. Little Tilly is celebrating her birthday by watching her aunt dance in Sleeping Beauty. At the end, she gets called on stage and dances with her aunt. Lots of pink, ballerinas, tutus, and all that girly stuff. 

Dr. Pompo's Nose
Dr. Pompo's Nose by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers

If you haven't read any of Saxton Freymann's books, you need to check some out. Juliet loves these books. They tells stories using food (you can see the pumpkin face in this one.) Juliet laughs and is generally intrigued by the food creations in all the books. This one is about a pumpkin who loses her nose. Dr. Pompo finds it and helps her put it back on. This one makes Juliet giggle. 

What were your favorite books this week?

I'm linking up to Feed Me Books Friday and What My Child is Reading--head over to find more great recommendations!


Ticia said...

I don't know why but Mike Mulligan has always been one of those favorite books of mine.

Raising a Happy Child said...

I hope you'll link to me tomorrow when I share our picks. We also loved Mike Mulligan, we read it some time ago. The only complaint that I have is that it's so long! And we absolutely loved Little Ballet Star! Every time Anna reads a ballet book, she tries to lobby for dancing classes. Maybe next fall :)

Kevin and Kristina said...

We love anything by Jan Brett! This week our favorite book was In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming. The other books you chose look great too. We'll have to try reading them!

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Love the story about the eggs! The magic of books... :)

Janna said...

Ah, it sounds like a delightful week of reading!

The Freymann books do look creative.

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

Hilarious egg story! My B is already an egg lover, but perhaps all the more reason to go check out Hedgie!

Debbie said...

I haven't read Mike Mulligan in so long. My son loved that book. I will have to see how Selena takes to it.

SANDRA said...

We are fans of Jan Brett and adore her books. We have not read any of Saxton Freymann's books but they sound interesting so perhaps we'll see if our library has them. Thanks!

Elise said...

I think the Little Ballet Star would be a hit in our house. We have not read any of Saxton Freymann's books, but I can see how Dr Pompo's Nose would tickle the funny bone of young children.

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