Our letter Hh books:Owen and Mzee The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship
by Hatkoff, Hatkoff, and Kahumbu
This is a fabulous story about a rescued baby hippo and the new friend he made at his new home. My favorite line from the book "science can't always explain what the heart already knows: Our most important friends are sometimes whose we least expected." I want Cricket to know she can be friends with anyone, and try to instill this in her.
This is the longest book/story Cricket has been absorbed in. She loved this book and really found it interesting.
Sophie the Hippo wasn't satisfied with living the life that was expected of her, she had big dreams. After realizing she couldn't achieve her dream in the typical way, she attacked it from a different angle. Her new approach not only helped her, but positively impacted those around her. Isn't chasing dreams a wonderful thing to encourage? Cricket loved this by the way!
This one gets a mixed review. I was not a fan, because I don't care for books with non-sense made up words. Cricket really liked it though, she flipped through it several times saying "hic, hic, hic" over and over again. Evidently she thought all the hiccups were funny.
This story was about a little girl sent to live with her "horrible" uncle while her dad recovered from an illness. The little girl managed to make her uncle not so horrible and ended very sweetly. Cricket responded well to the book and seemed to like it.
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
I have yet to meet an Eric Carle book I didn't like, and this book didn't fall short. I liked that the crab asked the other things to join him and didn't just take them. Cricket liked all the different things that joined the hermit crab in it's journey as well.
Technically also letter H, but more Halloween books:
This was a sweet, totally non-scary, Halloween book. I also liked the underlying lesson about how being picked last isn't always a bad thing (sometimes it can be the best thing). Cricket didn't love this book, but she was also distracted when I tried to read it to her.
I missed the "fancy" words in this book, there was only one. It was a cute story about dressing up for halloween, but the ending didn't make sense without the stickers that originally came with the book.
Despite those things Cricket still enjoyed the book, she is becoming a Fancy Nancy fan I think.
Books about feelings:
Cricket just happened to pick this book at the book store this week as a "potty prize" and it fell into place with my plans for this week. (side note can I say how thrilled I am that Cricket chose to go to the book store and chose books at the book store for her potty prize this week). This book had to groups that were angry at each other and Kai-lan taught them to talk about their feelings. Cricket enjoyed the book, but didn't find it to be that much of an "easy reader".
by Jamie Lee Curtis
This book was so great. It did a wonderful job of explaining feelings in a way that make sense to Cricket. It went along really well with our workbook. I highly recommend this to anyone studying feelings. The book still managed to flow well despite describe a different feeling on each page spread.
Bedtime books:Every night Daddy reads to Cricket before bed, and she gets free choice of what book to read. These were her picks this week: Sleeping Beauty (twice); Sophie and Sebastian (from above); My Little Pony - The Runaway Rainbow; and the Troublesome Cub in the Great Smoky Mountains.
I will say it actually had nothing to do with the Smoky Mountains, I imagine this has been produced for various locations with just a change in cover.