The Weekly Low Down on Kids Books 1/28/12

January 28, 2012 at 7:58 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hippos Go Berserk – Sandra Boynton

Excellent kid’s book, whether you get the board book or the picture book edition, as we read from both this week, the kids love this! It’s a great counting book, as it counts both up to nine and down from nine, and it introduces the concept of addition with its final page, referencing the fact that all the hippos mentioned on each previous page put together would make forty-four hippos.  Originally copyrighted in 1977, this should be considered a classic.

Little Dog Poems – Kristine O’Connell George and June Otani

This is a great introduction piece to different kinds of poems and how often times poetry can get away with putting words all over the page.  What is unique about this poetry, is that its all over the page with purpose as its mimicking the dog featured in the over arching story.  We have dogs, and Ayla is around them a lot even at other peoples’ houses, so you could tell she really related to this book.

Toot & Puddle – Holly Hobbie

This one made me sad, in that I adore Holly Hobbie, but Ayla wasn’t really feeling it.  Which tells me to try again when she’s older.  Toot goes on a wild adventure, while Puddle stays at home, so in the course of the book the story happens with what Puddle is doing and then the alternate page has a postcard from Toot.  I found these kinds of things really cool at about 5 and up, whereas the postcards were kind of lost on my 15 month old.

Molly Who Flew Away – Valeri Gorbachev

We read this over and over again this week!  Ayla loves the illustrations, and is completely captivating by any story involving mice.  I’m not exactly sure what it is she loves about them, but she was in love with this book.

Pip & Squeak – Ian Schoenherr

Another mouse story, Ayla would get super excited on each page and point to the mice.  You could see the recognition on face, “I found it!” her eyebrows seemed to say every time as she jabbed the little mouse illustration with her pointer finger.  This was also my personal favorite for the week as well, its got an adorably clever twist ending, which is fun when you’re a parent reading baby books all week.

The Adventures of Odysseus – Hugh Lupton, Daniel Morden, Christina Balit

This is obviously way to old of a book for my kid right now, but I checked it out as research for the classical education I’m planning for my daughter.  In the classical education style you present topics to them every four years on age appropriate levels.  This book will be the perfect first introduction to The Odyssey, and Ayla already loves the illustrations even if she can’t sit still for the story yet.  Its also done by Barefoot Books: Celebrating Art and Story, for which I have a personal soft spot.

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Masson Tries to Make You Weep…

January 28, 2011 at 1:24 am (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

in When Elephants Weep

I enjoyed the anecdotes quite a bit, this parrot learns to say this, that elephant painted that, this species is documented as feeling empathy towards that species in a rare moment, the monkeys are a lot like us, but so are the fish etc. etc.  I agree with most the points, animal cruelty is wrong, experimentation needs to have stricter rules, we should treat the animal world with respect.  However, I don’t want to become a vegetarian and I didn’t care for how the opening and ending arguments basically boiled down this beautiful essay to we shouldn’t eat meat.  Apparently that’s what this was about to them, to me this book was about how beautifully complex our world is, but I can’t argue with the authors themselves.  By the end of the book they had achieved a level of redundancy I don’t think I’ve ever managed to read in any other book my whole life.  This book’s saving grace was those amazing animals that starred in it, but if I hear /read the word “anthropomorphism” I think I’ll scream, and if someone tries to guilt trip me out of eating my steak I’ll kindly smile, cut, and chew. And if I’m told I’m a bad person for taking my daughter to the zoo, well, I’m sorry you feel that way, I’m going anyway.

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