We had our whole St. Patrick's Day theme on Wednesday. Faith is starting a biography project which entails more reading and Ben is just on a kick of bringing us book after book after book.
Since I had easily 30 books to sort through to pick our favorites of the week, I decided to pick a couple of new ones we read by one of my favorite authors, Robert Munsch. He's a Canadian author whose books are now more well-known in the US, thanks to I Love You Forever, but I remember reading Jonathan Cleaned Up, & Then He Heard a Sound and The Paper Bag Princess in elementary school in southern Ontario. We also used to watch a show called "Readalong" with puppet characters named Pretty & Boot, which is totally unrelated to the book thing, but the elementary school part made me think of it. The other book was a cute one that reminded me of his style, until I looked at the author.
Anyhow, I digress, our picks for the week:
Show & Tell - Definitely the favorite around here, because the lead character's name is Benjamin! The fictitious Benjamin takes his little sister to school in his backpack for show & tell, but the baby starts crying and no one knows how to make her stop.
Sadie & the Snowman by Allen Morgan - My southern children are intrigued at the idea of building snowmen repeatedly throughout a season. Occasionally, we get enough snow to build a little snowman, but when it melts, it's gone. In the book, Sadie is able to build & rebuild her snowman each time it snows more.
A Promise is a Promise - I thought this was an interesting story, but the pictures (and subsequent events) scared the kids a little. The Qallupilluit are monsters who live under the ice in the north that will trap children & take them away. Obviously, they are made up to scare children from walking out on the icy seas. After we finished reading, I heard Shaun come up the stairs and knew he was waiting outside Faith's room (he did not know what the book was about or he never would have done this). I had the kids say "Qallupilluit, Qallipulluit, come in!" and he jumped in the room & roared. OK, tiny bit of screaming going on after that. Oops. ;o)