What We’ve Been Reading Wednesday–A Couple of Classics and Two Rainbow Books

Dora is really excited about books right now and we are reading lots and lots every day. For some reason, she seems to think that library books are meant to be destroyed. The whole thing is really odd, because she treats our own books just fine. I even tried to slip some library books amongst our own books and she knew right away that they were library books and tried to write in them and cut up the pages. So we’re back to purchasing every book for her. The good news is that she loves to read the same books over and over. Plus, some books that we read to her when she was younger are taking on new meaning. For instance, she used to love Sheep in a Jeep, by Nancy E. Shaw, for it’s silly storyline. Now she is starting to explore the rhyming sounds that are in the book, so she asks me to read it every day. It is ironic that she loves this book so much, because none of my older kids liked it at all. Maybe I’m doing a better job of presenting it now? Or maybe it is because it is one of the lap-sized board books? Personally, I think board books are one of the greatest inventions in the history of mankind! Making them lap-sized is the icing on the cake.

I introduced Dora to Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina, this week. I had to rush through the beginning during the first reading so as not to lose Dora’s interest. Of course, as soon as we got to the part about the peddler yelling at the monkeys and wagging his finger, while the monkeys copied him, she was hooked.

This week’s rainbow theme for us seamlessly followed last week’s cloud theme. I was a little surprised that there were not more fun rainbow books. I mean, where would the world be without rainbows, glitter, and unicorns? Yet, so little literature is devoted to rainbows! It is madness, I tell you! We did read What Makes a Rainbow?, by Betty Ann Schwartz, which was not nearly as scientifically sound as I had expected. It does teach the basic colors of the rainbow. What made this book so fun for Dora was that on each page, a new ribbon is introduced. So at first, there is just one red ribbon going across the page, forming the rainbow. Then, on the next page an orange ribbon is added, so there are two ribbons and so on. After all six ribbons are introduced, the final page actually is a giant pop-up rainbow and very briefly mentions the need for rain and sunlight to make a rainbow. The one thing that made this book a flop for Dora, in particular, was that she now wants all of her rainbow art to go in the correct order and gets very frustrated and upset if she doesn’t remember the correct order. She’ll go so far as to throwing her pictures away if they are not done in the “correct” order, even though I have tried to explain that in art, rainbows can go in any order she wants.

Finally, we read A Rainbow of My Own , by Don Freeman, who is more famously known for his Corduroy the Bear series of books. It is a sweet story about a boy, who wants to play with a rainbow and finally finds a real rainbow of his very own in his bedroom. The illustrations are a bit dated, which means that the rainbow’s colors tend to be more primary, in nature, than Dora would have liked, though she still loved the story.

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Labels: Literature
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff