Monday, February 28, 2011

Magic Mondays – Dinosaurs, Cats, and Smart Girls

The week off flew by very fast. My son had a mid-year weeklong break at his school and I took a break too so we could take time off for a mini-vacation and spend time. Now the week is over and everything is back to where it was. During and before the break, we read many books and here are the reviews for a few. 
All these go towards Read-to-me-Picture Book Challenge and all except one towards the Library Challenge. 
Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, ButterflyFancy Nancy Bonjour Butterfly – Our second Fancy Nancy read and we loved this too.
My thoughts – In this book, as Nancy helps her friend Bree plan a butterfly themed birthday party, she finds out she has to miss the party, as she has to attend her grandparents 50th wedding anniversary. She is disappointed about this and manages to express that fancily. However, things change for the flutter (better!) soon and time flutters by before she knows it. She also realizes her mistake and again, family relationships, life as we know it shine through. As always, with glitter on its cover and fancy vocabulary as well as the beautiful illustrations, I know I am going to read this book again.
My daughter’s thoughts – Butterflies and Fancy Nancy together – I love it. She is convinced that the butterfly that is in the book came up right next to her when we visited the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Saturday Night at the Dinosaur StompSaturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp – you thought the dinosaurs are extinct. Well, they are not! They are simply sleeping off their last party - the Dinosaur Stomp. It was a Saturday night when all the dinosaurs went tromping off to dance super dino-dances like the brontosaurus bump. They danced so hard they rocked up an earthquake! Volcanoes provided the fireworks show for their party (of course!).
Our thoughts:I have been reading this book for over 4 years now – I first started reading it to my now 8-year-old son who still enjoys it and am now reading it to my 5-year-old little girl. We all love the rhyme and rhythm of this book. It is a fun-read and one I have not minded reading over and over again all these years (that is a must for parents). We all love getting into the spirit of the book and go stomping and dancing and shouting ‘booma lacka, booma lacka, whack, whack, whack’!
The illustrations are a perfect match for the flowing, entertaining story. This was one book I decided to buy after the first read, as I knew I would be reading it many times again. My son (a dinosaur fan) and my daughter (not really into dinos) both love it.
One other related book that I have read and enjoyed (but do not own) is Dinosaurumpus

Rumpelstiltskin's DaughterRumpelstiltskin’s Daughter – a charming, modern twist on an age-old fairy tale.
My thoughts: Illustrations that are colorful, bright and manage to convey the feelings in the story comically and a story with strong female characters make this a good read. In this story, Rumpelstiltskin is not the villain! The miller’s daughter chooses him over the greedy king and when their daughter is imprisoned by the king years later in a tale of ‘history repeats itself’, the daughter uses her wits to help the king and his kingdom with great success. The illustrations do a great job of depicting the greedy king’s lavish lifestyle and you get to see great artwork too on the walls of the palace - including works by Picasso and Van Gogh.
My little ones thoughts: Both my children (5 and 8) loved the book and the illustrations. My daughter loved it, as it is a little longer than most other books I have read to her and this means more time reading. My son loved the twist in the story having read Rumpelstiltskin and loved how the daughter used her ‘noodle’. Both loved the illustrations – they laughed aloud at some of the funny pictures.

Clarence The Copy CatClarence the Copy Cat – a cat who will not hurt mice – Clarence has super-mouser parents and when the restaurant owner finds out Clarence is a peace-loving cat, Clarence is no longer welcome there. As he tries to find a new home with no luck, an old librarian sees him and takes him in. Clarence loves the library – it is warm, cozy, and best of all, he sees no mice. He makes the copy machine his spot earning him his moniker. All is well until – MICE show up – and his new friend wants him to be a cat. What is he to do? How can he avoid being homeless again? How can he, at the same time, get rid of the mice?
My thoughts: teaches sticking to your principles, non-violence, and friendship. The illustrations help the story flow along and I fell in love with the library depicted here.
My little ones thoughts: they marveled at how clever Clarence is while wondering why he would not hurt the mice and loved that about him.

1 comment:

  1. All these books sound fun! Yep, I can see the lure of stomping and 'whack a lacking'!

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