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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Read Aloud Thursday

Read-Aloud Thursday at Hope Is the Word

It's time again for Read Aloud Thursday? Ready to play? Here are some of the books we've read this past week:

In the Fiddle is a Song, by Durga Bernhard is a "Lift-the-Flap Book of Hidden Potential." On the first page you see a page spread depicting a large acorn. Then you will see the words, "In the acorn..." Lift up the acorn and the sentence is completed as follows, ". . . is a tree waiting to grow tall." I originally thought that this book was going to end on a seriously overdone self esteem note but I was wrong. It was tastefully well done. "In you . . . is a story waiting to be told." (Side note: I don't mind stories on self esteem but I do think that they are a bit tastelessly overdone at times to the ruination of an actual storyline.) This one manages to maintain the message of hidden potential without causing one to roll their eyes. It's cute and it's fun. Both Bookworms 1 and 2 both enjoyed it, as did mommy so this one will receive the first SIX thumbs up award that we've given around here! How's THAT for a recommendation?

Duck Skates and Duck Dunks, both by Lynne Berry is apparently a series of books about, well, ducks. Our library had the above two books on the shelf so we brought them home. Every since I showed Bookworm1 a Youtube clip of Ernie singing about Rubbery Duckies, we've had a certain fixation with the little yellow creatures and so these books were thoroughly enjoyed.

In Duck Skates we meet the ducks in the winter - skating, of course! Duck Dunks involves a trip to the beach. Illustrated by Hiroe Nakata, these ducks are cute, cute, cute! Cute. One more time: cute. The books have a certain vintage feel about them, thanks to Nakata's efforts and I liked them very much.

To learn more about these books, you can check out Lynne Berry's website. Apparently there's a new title in the series coming out this year (2o10!) We'll look forward to it.

Lastly, we read The Colors of the Chameleon, by Alberto Benevelli. (I like saying that last name. Benevelli. It just sort of rolls off the tongue.)

This book provides a good story. All of the animals think that they are in possession of the greatest colors but, of course the chameleon declares he is the best colored of all because he can be all the colors! If you wanted to address the subject of differences between people, this is a good story to make use of. However, it's not blatantly obvious and so you can read this story "just for fun" also. There is a lot or arguing between the animals, banishment of some, trickery and deceit but in the end, they all learn to live with one another and get along. They all also agree that the chameleon does in fact own the best colors.

It's a cute story and well-told. We liked it for its complexity and also because we had never really focused on the chameleon before. It was a nice change of pace.

That's what we've got this week! What about you? I'm curious to find out....


  1. In the Fiddle sounds spot on - I shall certainly look out for it. And I love the look of those ducks! Adorable :-)

  2. I haven't seen any of these, Carrie. In the Fiddle Is a Song sounds fabulous! Thanks for playing, as always!

  3. I so agree about self-esteem books sometimes being eye-rollers.

    Have you read 'The Mixed-Up Chameleon' by Eric Carle? I really like it. It kind of rolls chameleons and self-esteem into one story.