Tuesday, August 9, 2011

This Week at the Library -- August 8, 2011

Gracie and I enjoy going to the library.  She gets so excited when she sees the books!  I usually do my shopping first while she's in the stroller (she tries so hard to grab books while in the aisles!), then we go to the toddler section and I release her from her mobile prison.  It's so much fun to watch her go grab as many books as she can hold and plop them on the table.  Sometimes she will sit down and "read" one, but most of the time she will run back to get MORE books.

Click here to see a video of Gracie at the library last week.

I thought I'd post a list of the books we checked out this week.  As we get them read, I'll give a short review of each.

Gracie's Board Books:

In the Toyshop -- This is a cute little Christmas board book with flaps that open to reveal who gets the pictured gift.  Gracie loves opening the flaps.

Who's in My Christmas Tree is a fun tree-shaped book designed to sit on the table as a centerpiece.  This, too, is an open-the-flaps book.  Each page has a two-line rhyming statement, and the words under the flap complete the thought.  The hidden words are NOT what you would expect.

Giggle & Grow Baby Face! -- cute book with pictures of real babies and their different expressions.

First Words is another fun, lift-the-flaps book.

This book shows the creative play of a boy with his train using his other toys as props.  Robert and I both enjoyed reading the book with the special sound effects, but I'm not sure that Gracie was all that impressed.

The Baby Animals' Party by Katharine Ross is a sweet little board book about a party given in honor of new baby just born.  We haven't actually read this one yet, but I think Gracie will like the illustrations.  She may or may not be able to sit still for the rather wordy text.

Baby Animals by Cindy Szekeres is another cute book.  (I know, I use the word "cute" a lot.)  The text is short and sweet and offer descriptive dialogue for the pictures.

Elly Offers to Help is about an elephant who often offers to help while getting ready for a picnic.  Her mother is glad to have her help and encourages her.  Gracie and I have not read this one yet.

This book asks Panda Bear what does he see, and he replies by saying another animal.  Each animal in turn sees another animal.  Nice illustrations.  We have not read this one together yet.

I recently saw a recipe that goes with this book.  The author (of the blog I was reading) posted a short description of the book and it sounded like a good read.  It is pretty funny, and I like how it turns out.  Gracie lost interest pretty quickly (but that could be because she was tired and cranky and in need of a nap!).

My Books:

I found this one in the Parent/Teacher section.  I have decided to check out books from this section one at a time.  It's a small section, compared to the huge main library, but will still give me many weeks of supplementary educational material.

Hmmm....I did say "one at a time," didn't I?  Well, when I saw this book, I knew I wanted to take a look at it.  I've read rave reviews on several blogs and it has quite piqued my interest.

Holdovers from last week's visit to the library:

This was a great book!  I really liked how it inspires courage in the midst of adversity.  This would be a great book to read aloud to children.  I would definitely consider purchasing this book.

I really, really liked this book.  This was probably my favorite of the three books by Linda Hall that I read.  It's a good mystery that didn't turn out like I expected at all.  I stayed up late reading this book.

This was a good book as well.  There were a couple of lines that I would've marked out if I were previewing it for my teenaged daughter to read. (I don't have a teenaged daughter, but as my toddler daughter grows up, I will be previewing her book selections.)  It was not very obvious "whodunnit" which makes it an interesting read.

This one was good as well.  I would not say that it's a mystery book, although it contains somewhat of a mystery, but more of a dramatic story about spousal abuse.

This is the first time I've checked out SO MANY books for Gracie.  I was in a hurry to leave, so I just grabbed the ones she had pulled out along with the two I picked.

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1 comment:

  1. I would love to know what you think of the "Teach your Child to Read" book. I've been curious about that one, but our libraries don't have it. I can't wait to hear what you think about The Door in the Wall and Margaret's Peace! I haven't read the other Linda Hall books!! Our library only has a few of hers. Man! I think I'll move up there by you!! :) Loved the reviews!



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