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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Read Aloud Thursday

Frog and Toad Are Friends (I Can Read Book 2)
I'm having lots of fun sharing a few of the books we are reading each week.  I'm going to try to do it on a regular basis and hope my readers enjoy it.

We read another "chapter" book last week by Arnold Lobel.  We read the ever-popular Frog and Toad Are Friends!  Frog is a real sweetheart, I think.  Toad is a bit more...moody?  But combined they make a great pair, and work through their little problems.  We'll be checking out all the Lobel books that our library has!  M is totally enjoying chapter books.  I do think illustrations are still important for her though.

How Did You Make That Web? Vol. 13 Animal Builders (Winnie the Pooh's Thinking Spot Series, Volume 13)We have a nice set of Winnie the Pooh's Thinking Spot Series.  (According to the price tags, they were just $1.50 each at the Five Below store!)  M tends to choose these books by color, and requests the purple spines most frequently.  She really enjoyed How Did You Make That Web?  This book is not just about spiders, but about how different animals build homes with things they find like paper, twigs, or even sand.  Some animals highlighted are spiders, mice, birds, and ants.  I could not find an age recommendation, but I would guess 3-7.  They don't go too deep, but they are perfect for us to explore science a bit more!  (Each book also has an activity to do at the end.)  M likes to read about the familiar characters while learning.

Henry and Mudge and the Snowman PlanWe read another (very short) chapter book called Henry and Mudge and the Snowman Plan.  This series was quite popular with my first graders, but this was the first Henry and Mudge book I have read.  Henry and his dad enter a snowman contest and use family life as inspiration.  (Mudge is the family dog.)  I'm sure we'll read more of these books, but I didn't find it particularly exciting, though M did enjoy it.  This is a good read-in-one-sitting chapter book...and more like a picture book than a chapter book.

We also completed a colorful coffee filter snowflakes after reading the Snowman Plan.

Check out more Read-Aloud Thursday entries too! 


Carrie said...

Don't you just love getting into chapter-ish books!? I love, love, love that we're (finally!) in that stage!

That Winne-the-Pooh book sure looks cute!

Brimful Curiosities said...

I'm still waiting to explore the Arnold Lobel books with my daughter. Frog and Toad is a great classic!

Alice@Supratentorial said...

Love, love, love Frog and Toad and Henry and Mudge. My oldest son loved Henry and Mudge so much that he had a Henry birthday party the year he turned 4. It wasn't a Henry and Mudge theme but a copy of Henry's birthday party in one of the books. He wanted to play all the same games, have the same kind of cake, etc. We gave copies of the book as favors. I was sad when he outgrew them but now my second son is starting to enjoy them so I get to read them all over again.

Christy Killoran said...

I bet R would like Frog and Toad. C did. We like Henry and Mudge too. Have you read any of the Little Bear books? They are R's favorite chapter books and the chapters are really short so they are perfect for her attention span. Plus, Little Bear is so sweet!

I read your comment on Almost Unschoolers and had to laugh because I have left the same comment about her white rug in the past!!! Six children and a clean white rug - she is doing something very right!!!

Lynn said...

Thanks for the reminder about Frog and Toad; we haven't read them with my son since he was too young to enjoy them. On my mental "get from library" list now! Do you also know about the Saturday What My Child is Reading link-up?

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