Moonhorse

January 23, 2014 at 9:48 pm (Education, Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , )

moonhorse

Weekly Low Down on Kids Books

Title: Moonhorse

Author: Mary Pope Osborne

Illustrator: S.M. Sealig

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

I saw this and couldn’t pass it up.  Mary Pope Osborne invades my house again!  I love her.

I enjoy her complete ability to offer facts and history and in this case astronomy in the form of fiction.  To pique a child’s interest in a nonfiction topic with a bit of fantastical fairy tale.

I’m trying to get more detailed and specific when I offer these reviews of my child’s favorite books, but she doesn’t always seem to understand the questions.  Or perhaps, I don’t understand the beautiful simplicity of her answers.

Me: “Did you like this book?”

Kiddo: “Yes!”

Me: “What did you like about it?”

Kiddo: “The white!”

Me: “Because the horse is white?”

Kiddo: “With the red.”

The little girl in the illustration is wearing a red dress.  I think bits of the story were lost on my three year old today, she was drawing her own pictures and sucking down a cup of milk.  I think ultimately, what she may have been trying to tell me, in her distracted three year old way, is that she liked the illustrations and the use of muted color.  But I don’t want to put words in her mouth.

If you’re building an astronomy unit study for anyone under ten, this is a nice bedtime story to add to your week.  Personally, I wish the poetry of the tale was rhymed more, but I have a natural inclination to the sing-songy way of things.

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Space… the final frontier

April 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm (Education) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

We tackled our next Magic Tree House adventure this week… the one on Space!

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When we read through the research guide on Space, she kept wanted to talk about Galileo. She really liked the picture of him and finds pleasure in saying his name. Not exactly sure what fascinates her about the man, but I’m glad she took an interest in Astronomy this week.

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Stars, Stars, Stars! is a great book to start a kid out on the wonders of space.

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After the unit, show the kids this video of a Space Station Astronaut doing a water demonstration from space! The kiddo was really amazed: http://io9.com/watch-what-happens-when-you-wring-out-a-washcloth-in-sp-476159356

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A Tale to Swoon Over

December 26, 2009 at 3:58 am (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Claire Danes in the major motion picture of Stardust, based on Neil Gaiman's novel

Neil Gaiman’s Stardust is delightful.  A lovely little fairy tale for grown ups, the adventure sucks you through a wall into a magical world of falling stars, unicorns, witches, spells, and flying ships.  Gaiman provides all the adults in the room a Faerie romance we can swoon over without re-reading Cinderella and Thumbelina for the hundred-thousandth time.  We get a handsome Romeo, a bit of a love triangle, true-love from the stars, and a happy ending (even if it goes out with a limp – literally).  Stardust made for a wonderful wintery read by the fireplace this Christmas.

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