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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Read Aloud Thursday

Read-Aloud Thursday at Hope Is the WordAh ha! We're back with some randomness, courtesy of our library book bag. This time I'll give you pictures and a quick "snapshot" of the storyline and you can go from there.

For starters, we stumbled across a book that isn't exactly relevant for us anymore (I say in a hallelujah sort of way!) but would have been beyond perfect at one time. (No doubt it will resurrect itself at a future point in time as well.) I'd rather potty books not be explicit and I frequently don't appreciate the lingo used in them but I can handle "pee" and "pooping" because those are the words we use. (Even though I still think that sounds a bit crass but I suppose you have to communicate somehow.)

No Potty! Yes, Potty!, by Emily Bolam is a lift the flap storybook which sounds more dangerous than it actually is. (Don't worry.) It's a really silly book that asks the question, "WHO sits on the potty?" Does a bear? Does an elephant? No, silly! YOU do. (Or, at least, the reader is supposed to.) This book is simplistic in nature but really is cute and funny and held the attention of both boys (ages 3 1/2 and 1 1/2.)

Annabel, by Janice Boland tells the story of a young little pig named Annabel who wants to be important! So she goes around the farm asking the various animals what they do that is so important and then she participates in their activities with them - from plowing fields to hatching eggs. Annabel can do it all and feels very puffed up and important until the dawning realization that she is still just a pig. But her mother is very pro-pig and gives Annabel her jollies back. A happy ending when Annabel realizes she is a V.I.P. (Har, har.)

Lastly, we've got Cat and Mouse by Tomek Bogacki and I dare you to say his last name ten times fast! No prizes if you can do it, I just want to hear you try!

In this book we met an unusual cat and an unusual mouse. They are unusual in that they discover that they make great playmates. Neither is scared of the other and eventually their friendship wins over the hearts of those in their respective families and before you know it, all the cats and mice are playing with each other. I'm not going to think about what political message that the book is trying to share. I'm just going to say that it was a funny book because the friendship was unexpected and that's how we read it (for simplicity sake.)

So what are you reading aloud with your kidlets these days? Hop on over to Hope is in the Word and link up your own post! I'll be looking forward to hoping around again and seeing what everyone else is up to!


  1. I'm with you on the potty training books. After training 3 kids (there's hope that they will be day AND night trained and I'll only be buying 1 size of diapers by the end of the summer!! I haven't done that in 5.5 years!!!!) I've managed to never buy a potty training book and I don't think we've ever brought one home from the library. :)

    A friend of mine uses "dirty" and "wet" instead of pee and poop. You might try that.

  2. Aaaaggghhhh! There's potty training in my future AGAIN! (And this time with a boy--I have no clue about how to go about this one!)

    Okay, I'm back. :-)

    I think we've read Annabel. It's a cute story.

    So glad you're back! :-)