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Recent Books, Winter of 2007

IndexaspxThis was a great conversation starter. In the book a little girl is banished to her time-out chair for being 'wild.' The rest of the book is the little girls passionate defense, detailing how wild she would be if she were 'wild', like a lion, bear, wolf, raccoon, etc. The book is energetically illustrated. The words are playful and fun to read out loud, and it is fun to watch her house be ransacked by her imaginary wild animals. I am sure there are parents out there who would like this book and her mouthy protagonist, but if you can check yourself for a minute, remember what it felt to be a child, and wrongly accused and miscategorized and stop and indulge her in her self-righteous defense you might find yourself laughing along with her.

After reading the book I asked the girls what animal they would love to be "if they were" wild. Zee quickly wanted to a frog, while Aay deliberated for a while before settling on being a dolphin. Zee then changed her mind to be a donkey. Which Aay commented "are really wild." 

We recently borrowed via Inter-library loan a copy of the 2-DVD set, of Walt Disney Treasures - The Chronological Donald, Volume Two (1942-1946)  and thru it the girls have become enchanted by the easily frustrated Donald. They have been following his comic book adventures for a few years, but this was one of the first times they have seen his animated adventures.  One of their favorite adventures is the second short featured, The Village Smithy from 1942, where Donald tries to shoe a very stubborn and wild Donkey. No doubt Zee's inspiration. Another favorite from the DVD set is Donald's Gold Mine, where Donald is again foiled by a willful Burro.

It was certainly a lot of fun to be able to tie these two experiences together and see how their enjoyment of the Donald Duck shorts affected their perceptions of the wildness of the Burritos.

If I were a Lion got us talking but "Shoo, Fly-guy" and "Super Fly-Guy" got Aay giggling and reading. These are simple early reader books with a inventive premise. Fly Guy, a pet fly to a boy named Buzz, get into adventures, one searching for the perfect oozy, gooey, and smelly fly meal and in the second getting lunch lady fired and then rehired. Aay recognized many of the words, and because they are used repeatedly in the short book she was able to read the book to herself very quickly, and another bonus was the binding, Narrow pages, and sturdy covers meant that the books were easy for Aay to hold by herself as she read. I will certainly be keeping my eye out for more books in this series for Aay to enjoy.

Can_1 I can't end a post about books without mentioning these two books,Can You See What I See? Once Upon A Time (Can You See What I See?) and  Old, New, Red, Blue! are both favorites of Mz.Zee.  Can you see what I see? captured her attention, and because it isn't a reading book but a finding book, it let her enjoy it without having to have anyone read it to her. She particularly enjoyed hunting for the little plastic toy that hides in each of the scenes, and pointing at it him on command. Old, New, Red, Blue! was also similarly enchanting to her. She quickly memorized the few words, mainly antonyms and took a lot of joy out of "reading" the book to us. This was particularly satisfying to her because Aay is actually learning to read and starting to be able to read along many of the books were bring home. So very significantly for Zee, Old, New, Red, Blue! allowed her to mimic Aay's reading. She carried it with her so much that unfortunately she has misplaced it, and we might have to declare it lost. Normally our library books get read in the vicinity of Aay and Zee's bedrooms, only rarely being read in the living room, but Old, New, Red, Blue!, a thin book got carried around by Zee all over the house and possibly out of the house as well.  This will likely be the first book that has ever really gone AWOL for us,which is a shame.

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