By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 at 6:33 am in Books.
Guest blogger Trine Gallegos and her kid lit expert Sofia, age nearly-7, say cuddly book reading time should be an everyday thing. “We have been reading to Sofia since she entered our world 7 years ago on Jan. 12,” says Trine. “Seriously, we have read to her daily, nearly without fail. This has been a win-win situation, Sofia loves stories and has become a top reader, and we enjoy the endless joyful books out there. Here are a few of our current favorites…
“Ivy & Bean” by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall: I was attracted to the cute little cover of the title characters, took a gamble and bought it. Wow, did my gamble ever pay off. This chapter book covers the “adventures” of these 7-year-olds. Bean is a bit of a wild tomboy, while Ivy is a quiet bookworm. They seem an unlikely pair, but oh what a pair these two become. Sofia and I have plowed through the first four books, and can’t wait to get our hands on Book 5: “Bound to be Bad.” I’ve shared this with two first-grade teachers, who found the book entertaining and charming. They said they’d read this with their students. Do us a favor; share this book with as many little elementary-school readers as you can. (And parents, pick up Annie Barrows’ “Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” for yourself. Best. Book. Ever. JB)
“My Penguin Osbert” by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel: We discovered this charmer a few weeks before Christmas. We liked it so much, we read it to Sofia’s first-grade class, and they dug it just as much as we did. In Joe’s letter to Santa, he makes it extremely clear that he wants a penguin, and a penguin he gets. While Joe adores Osbert, and vice versa, a penguin is a little more to handle than he imagined. It’s a funny little tale with a touching ending. The precious illustrations by H.B. Lewis fit the book perfectly. We know, it’s past Dec. 25, but maybe you can find this book on sale and save it for next year. The wait will be worth it.
“A Night of Tamales & Roses” by Walnut Creek’s Joanna H. Kraus: The book jacket sums it up perfectly: “Anna Luisa thinks she’s runined her sister’s wedding day when she fails to do her job as flower girl.” Although, I wanted a tad more to the story, Sofia happily gave this book an A+. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, and give the story its depth.
“Dream Snow” by Eric Carle of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” fame: The simple story follows a caring farmer, who tends to his five animals, and what happens one snowy sweet night. It’s the nice artwork and clever use of vellum paper that helps make this a keepsake. Sofia thought this was a darling book. Again, a good one to buy for next December.
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