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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Read Aloud Thursday

Read-Aloud Thursday at Hope Is the WordRead Aloud Thursday time over at Hope is in the Word! What are you reading aloud with your kids this week?

We're still enjoying our last library haul this time 'round in the form of the following books:

Cooler than cool is Frances Barry's Big Yellow Sunflower:

This book is a total surprise to the young reader, slowly unfolding into a big, beautiful yellow sunflower that you can see pictured here:

The picture really says it all, in my opinion, so I'll say little else. Want to see your kid smile in wide-eyed wonder? Find a copy of Big Yellow Sunflower.

The next two books that we read Bookworm1 really enjoyed, but I can't say that I was overly fond of either.

Down in the Swamp, by Donna M. Bateman really does seem to have it all at first glance. Swamp creatures, a cute little rhyming sound, and awesome illustrations by Brian Lies. The only thing about this book that I didn't think worked very well were the words selected to describe the animals and their situations which made it hard, as the adult reading the book aloud, to keep the rhythm of it going. For example:

"Deep in the swamp where the cypress reach to heaven,
Lived a mother damselfly and her little flies Seven.
"Dry!" said the mother. "We dry," said the Seven,
So they dried their new wings where the cypress reach to heaven."

Maybe it's not as big of a deal as I'm making it out to be but try saying that paragraph out loud. It just doesn't roll off the tongue as well as I'd like and yes, I'm nitpicking. The book is great, really.

The Three Bears, by Byron Barton is your typical story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Nothing surprising about it. Bookworm1 liked it just fine but the illustrations in this book just bugged me. They look computer generated. Like from the 80's or something. I don't know. I just didn't find it appealing. However, the illustrations are bold and easy on the eyes and, as I said, Bookworm1 didn't have any complaints so maybe I shouldn't either. (Oh, but what the hey! I can't help it. I DO have complaints about it. I don't think it's altogether very artful or inspiring.)

While I wasn't overly excited about any of our reads this past week (with the exception of the Sunflower book) this is what we found in our bag and so this is what we read...


  1. I agree about the looks of the last two. The rhyme you quoted doesn't work very well, and if I'm going to read a three bears book I'd like some kind of neat twist. But the sunflower book looks truly fantastic!

  2. Oh, that sunflower book looks terrific!!! I'll have to try to find that one.

    The other two--meh. I know what you mean about rhymes that are hard to read. I feel that way a lot of times. One example that comes to mind is that Madeline books, but I think that has to do with French pronunciations, which I cannot do.

    It's funny what kids pick up on that they like, isn't it? It teaches us patience. . . :-)