Cricket’s books for the week:
Our letter Ii books:
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie AND If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff
The I word was only at the beginning of the books, but since we were otherwise lacking in the “I” department they worked.
Cricket loves this author anyway, and these books were no different. I also like the if then reasoning!
Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni
I thought this was a cute story about a resourceful and smart inch worm. Plus, it had the added benefit of covering simple math concepts (counting and measuring). I was disappointed that the drawings weren’t as stunning the last book I read, Swimmy.
Halloween and Fall books:
The Bumpy Little Pumpkin by: Margery Cuyler
This was another cute non-scary Halloween book. I wasn’t crazy about the way the older sisters treated the main character in the book, it was a little reminiscent of Cinderella with the animals helping her and all. The mom did make up for it a little bit though. Cricket did love this book, so much that she wanted her own bumpy pumpkin. She was even a little sad that all the pumpkins we found were “pretty”.
Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic by: Steven Schnur
This book was ok, and Cricket seemed to enjoy it. It did cover a-z with an acrostic for each, by doing this story and flow were lost though. Also it might just be where I live and the weather I am used to, but it seemed like more of a winter description (snow, ice, freezing, etc) than Autumn.
Happy Halloween Mittens by: Lola Schafer
Perfect, totally not scary, Halloween book. It was a cute little book about a boy and his cat Mittens (there is a series of Mittens easy reader books). Mittens kept trying to find a way to help get ready for Halloween, and he finally found a way to help.
Cricket really liked this, and wanted to read it over and over again.
Popcorn by: Frank Asch
I remembered reading this as a child, I think the house FULL of popcorn stuck with me. I did not remember the bad behavior in the book, that went undiscovered and thus unpunished. I did talk to Cricket about it though. Overall she seemed underwhelmed by the book.
Alpha Oops! H is for Halloween by: Alethea Kontis
Nothing scary happened in this book, but it was filled with monsters and creatures. I don’t recommend this if your tots are easily scared or you don’t like these evil beings. It was a good Alphabet review, but the letters were not in order. I did enjoy that there was an underlying story/conversation, and not just a straight forward a is for…
The illustrations were also really good, and Cricket enjoyed them.
On Halloween Night by: Harriet Ziefert
I loved the repetitive nature of this book and the highlighted words. Great features for learning to read. This was another good for us Halloween book. Negatives for some of you might be that she was dressed as a witch and she went “trick or treating”.
Cricket really liked this one too.
Every night Daddy reads to Cricket before bed, and she gets free choice of what book to read. These were her picks this week: Alice in Wonderland; Mulan; Berenstain Bears Out West; and My Little Pony Rainbow Rescue.