More rainy day reads in January

09 Feb

Byron Barton has a series of clearly illustrated transportation books.

In this one, children as young as 2 years old can learn about different types of boats.

I liked how the author brought the young readers on a journey further and further out the sea to meet each new boat, a row boat… a sail boat… a fishing boat… a ferry boat and so on.


Probably more girls than boys enjoy getting dolled up. But what about cats?

Brownie’s pet cat, Pearl, seemed just as keen as her to get dolled up.

The plot is very realistic as most mothers can identify with their little daughters having gone through, (or are going through) that phase of playing dress up. The illustration on the cover page is such a classic example… little girls love to put on their mummy’s shoes.

The child-like innocence lied in what’s the purpose of getting all dolled up. Where are they going after all the fuss?


Bold collage artwork filled the pages of this board book.

You’d admire the positive spirit of this giant squid as you listen to him share about his world.

I found the varied print size of the text suitable for teaching emphasis in reading words in sentences.


Below are two books from the ‘Read-it! Readers’ series. They are grouped under ‘The Red Level’ where books ‘present familiar topics using common words and repeating sentence patterns’.

In this story, Tricia is a girl who is good at everything she does.

Follow her as she finds her best talent.

Repeated sentence patterns include:

(Someone) (did) (something).

He/She was the best ~.

Tricia tried to (do something). She liked doing ~, but it wasn’t her best talent.

I discussed with the children what is a talent and what they think their talent is.

Not everyone is good at everything or many things like Tricia. It’s more important to help children discover where their interests are and to nurture that joy they have when they’re doing those activities.


“Willy is a silly little worm who doesn’t like to get dirty.”

The repeated sentence patterns showed contrasts between silly Willy and other worms.

For example, “Other worms took mud baths. Not Willy. He took a clean shower.”

He disliked dirt so much that “he paid his friends to dig for him”, and instead of crawling through tunnels, “he drove his shiny red car”.

The children laughed their heads off at silly Willy.

At the same time, they got thinking about accepting themselves for who they are, and to be happy as they are.


All books were borrowed from the NLB libraries.



Leave a comment

Posted by on February 9, 2011 in Scribbles


Tags: ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: