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Reading My Library

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Read Aloud Thursday

Read-Aloud Thursday at Hope Is the WordAhh, it feels good to be back to Read Aloud Thursdays hosted by Amy at Hope is in the Word.

We've been reading a lot over the past few months, we just haven't been around here to talk about it! At any rate, we made a trip to the library before Christmas and brought home a whole stash of books that we've been reading away with. Here are some of those titles:

What's the Time, Grandma Wolf? held up for multiple re-reads. (MULTIPLE RE-READS, I tell you!) Written and illustrated by Ken Brown, this book tells the story of a pack of forest animals who have been warned to stay away from the big bad wolf.

"She's big and she's bad, she's old and she's hairy. Best leave her alone, she's mean and she's SCARY!"

Or is she?

The animals slowly creep up on her and you start to wonder if she's going to eat them or not. Does she? Well, it's a surprise so I can't tell you. At any rate, this version of a Big Bad Wolfs story completely delighted both mother and son. Highly recommended!!!

The Flyaway Kite is one we read and I instantly added to my Amazon wishlist. However, it's somewhat doubtful we'll ever own it as it is now out-of-print and the used sellers seem to recognize the value of it! (I'll have to keep my eyes out for it at local used bookstores! OR we'll just have to nab it from the library every now and again. I hope they hold on to this one for a loooong while!)

I was keeping up with this Reading My Library Challenge but Bookworm1 backtracked us a bit by exploring parts of the "B" section we had already been through. However! We had not read this particular title, so it must not have been around when we were in the "Bj's" before. Written by Steve Bjorkman, this book tells the story of a kite who loves playing with this boy. He loves his looks and how free he feels flying through the air on the string which is attached to the boy. However, one day he realizes that he is attached. And he feels a little too proud and cocky and wishes that he could break free from the boy. Sadly, he decides to make an escape but soon discovers that life on a string left him feeling more powerful and free than when he was on his own, being driven and tossed by the wind in some pretty unusual and awful directions.

The book reads as a parable and as I got to the end of it, on the last page you can read Psalm 139:7-10. I have to say that it was extraordinarily nice to find this book and I'm so glad Bookworm1 pulled it from the shelves and asked me to give it a look-see. Thumbs up!

Lastly, another book that Bookworm1 discovered and pulled from the non-fiction shelf was A Killer Whale's World, by Caroline Arnold. (Any guesses as to why my boy would have been attracted to THIS title, hmmm?) Follow the adventures of a young calf from birth through a year in this marvelously told story filled with scientific facts. I like the fact that in the back of the book there is a glossary of terms, along with a list of other books that you might find at the library that would be a good match to this one.

Lovely book and apparently there is a Caroline Arnold Animal series which also includes: A Panda's World, A Penguin's World, and A Zebra's World. I can't imagine but that they are all worthy reads.

These are just some of the books that we located and read this past week! Looking forward to seeing what you have to share.


  1. So glad you're back, Carrie! I've missed you!

    The Flyaway Kite looks fantastic! Sometimes our kids pick out the best books, don't they? ;-)

  2. These all look super cute, as always. I'm glad you're back to blogging here.