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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Read Aloud Thursday

Read-Aloud Thursday at Hope Is the WordTime for another Read Aloud Thursday, hosted by Hope is in the Word. (Man, these weeks are just zooming right by!)

Amy likes this random and this week, I've got random for ya! Ready?! Here goes....

First up we have Trucks, Boats and Airplanes, all by Byron Barton. Really, these books are absolutely perfect for a 1-2 year old. Each one contains extremely simple sentences, block line illustrations and uses bold colors. Easy on the eyes and attention spans, still these books do a good job of introducing the young'uns to basic transportation devices.

For example, in boats, we open the book to a page spread that shows nothing but the water line, with wave lines being the sole thing illustrated. Dark blue is used to illustrate the water and lighter blue to indicate sky. The opening line for this page is "On the water . . . " Turn the page and you complete the sentence, " . . . there goes a rowboat." A corresponding picture tips the new reader off to the fact that what they are seeing is a, yes and indeed, a rowboat! They also get to see a sailboat, motorboat, ferry boat, and a yacht to name a few others. It's really very simple but very attractive to the little people and so we mention it here for you. You're welcome.

While we enjoyed the above books, we enjoyed All by Myself, by Ivan Bates, just a little bit more. For one thing, it had a baby elephant and next to whales and octopuses, elephants are our favorites. (Well, they are our favorite land animal next to Ernie's Rubber Ducky which we were recently introduced to.)

In All by Myself we meet Maya, a baby elephant, who wants to be able to reach up to the top of the tree and select her own leaves to eat. Her mother offers to help but she would prefer to do it "all by [herself]." A friendly lion offers some assistance as does a snake and a bird, but she politely declines all offers in quiet, stubborn insistence. Can she do it? Well, we don't want to give spoilers around these parts so you'll have to high tail it to your local library to find out!

What could be more random than Thanksgiving in February!? Well meet Gus, the Pilgrim Turkey, by Teresa Bateman. Gus is an innocent young turkey when his barnyard friends enlighten him as to What Humans Eat at their Thanksgiving Feast. Gus is horrified and runs away from his barnyard home in search of a place where he can be free to live life as he pleases, much like the Pilgrims did. (Although Gus clearly has no religious motivations...he just wants to live.) He finally finds a place of refuge in a flock of penguins waaaay down south. Much to my son's great delight, an octopus even appears in this book. Again, how much more random can you get? Yes, well, we won't tell you why or how there comes to be an octopus in this story but you will have to discover that fact for yourselves and thank us later.

Lastly, if you are a fan of Walt Disney's Peter Pan, you should check out Peter Pan as retold by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson. The pictures in this book (by Mary Blair) are intriguing to the eyes. Mary Blair, by the way, worked at Walt Disney for 34 years, helping to bring to life such characters as Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. This particular book shows how Blair envisioned preparing Peter Pan for the big screen. This book is stupendous and we loved it very much. I was personally ecstatically happy to discover this book in the bag because we lost our Golden Books copy of Peter Pan somewhere and Bookworm1 was just recently asking for it. Not being able to find our book was disappointing so bringing home just what he wanted from the library was a real treat for the both of us.

I haven't told him the book has to go back! But for now - we're enjoying it.

So, what have you been reading aloud with your kids? Care to play along? Join us for Read Aloud Thursday by linking up at Hope is in the Word.

Happy Reading!


  1. Gus sounds really fun, and I love that you're reading it now. And the Peter Pan book sounds great. I've never read the original book, but I remember watching the movie.

    I love that octopuses show up in such different books! On YouTube there's a video of an octopus hatching, then learning how to open a jar of crabs. My daughters were fascinated by it. (I felt sorry for the crabs...)

  2. Hmmm. . .very interesting, especially that in about eighteen months, I'll be actively looking for books to keep a little boy occupied. . . I'll have to make a note of Byron Barton. :-)

    That Peter Pan looks interesting--the illustrations looks different. Did I ever mention that I found and purchased a Robert Sabuda Peter Pan? I was (and am) thrilled!

    Octopi (octopuses?) === :-)

  3. We have the Airplane book by Barton, it was Max's favorite book during Mike's last cruise and oddly enough it finds it's way off the bookshelf and onto our current reads coffee table just about every time Daddy goes away. I always enjoy your reviews! Thank you!
    ~Octopus Octopuses Octupi~
    Sounds like a great kids song!

  4. I love that one of the airplanes in Barton's book spells, "Drink Milk." Makes me smile.

  5. The Peter Pan picture book looks so amazing! And the Barton books really are great books for 1-2 year olds. So glad you highlighted them.