What the Kids are Reading (in March 2015)

John Philip DuckJohn Philip DuckJohn Philip Duck by Patricia Polacco by Patricia Polacco

Really fun – we read this one dozens of times. The only thing I wish is that there was a note at the end with a little more detail as to what’s the real story, and what’s Polacco’s invention.

Math Fables TooMath Fables Too: Making Science CountMath Fables Too: Making Science Count by Greg Tang, illustrated by Taia Morley by Greg Tang, illustrated by Taia Morley

We’ve been on a kick as far as reading fun math books, and this was another winner in that string. Loved the little animal facts included in this one as well!

How Do You Know What Time It IsHow Do You Know What Time It Is?How Do You Know What Time It Is? by Robert E. Wells by Robert E. Wells

The Wells books have been very popular with my children, especially my son, and this was no exception.

DruthersDruthersDruthers by Matt Phelan by Matt Phelan

Unexpectedly delightful – this is a charming story with lovely illustrations. Both kids enjoyed it, but my daughter especially loved it.

Bear Snores OnBear Snores OnBear Snores On by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman

We’ve read two other Bear books, but this was our first time with the original title, and it was just as fun as I expected it would be. My daughter liked repeating the “bear snores on” line quite a bit.

Never Tease a WeaselNever Tease a WeaselNever Tease a Weasel by Jean Conder Soule, illustrated by George Booth by Jean Conder Soule, illustrated George Booth

I was more amused by this one than my kids were, especially my daughter who adamantly did NOT want me to read it again. It’s got some funny lines and vocabulary words, but I didn’t like the illustrations all that much.

Farmer Brown Goes Round and RoundFarmer Brown Goes Round and RoundFarmer Brown Goes Round and Round by Teri Sloat, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcot by Teri Sloat, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcot

This was ok. The kids were mildly entertained by the silliness, but I didn’t think it was worth repeating, and they didn’t ask for it again.

Because You Are My FriendBecause You Are My FriendBecause You Are My Friend by Guido Van Genechten by Guido Van Genechten

Another one picked out by my daughter because of the pink cover, another one that went right back into the library bag after one reading. In the “well at least it’s got that” aspect, the little bear has texture, so it becomes a touch-and-feel book for babies. There are better of those out there (much better), so don’t let that persuade you to give this one a try.

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Recent Readaloud: What’s So Special About Planet Earth

What's So Special About Planet EarthWhat’s So Special about Planet Earth? What's So Special about Planet Earth? (Wells of Knowledge Science) by Robert E. Wells by Robert E. Wells

The Sonlight program we’re doing this year includes several science titles by this author, but he has written many additional ones, and my library seems to carry them all. Of course that means we’ll have to look at them – and I started with the one about the planets in our solar system.

My verdict:
A simplified look at the planets. It’s basic and there isn’t a huge amount of content on any particular planet, but for a quick picture book it’s well done. The end of the book gets a little bit preachy when it gets into protecting our planet because it’s the only one suitable for us to live on (and I agree with everything he’s saying, but the way it’s phrased at times was a bit eye-roll-inducing).

The kids’ verdict:
They are big fans of this one, and the other Wells’ book we’ve read – Why Do Elephants Need the Sun?Why Do Elephants Need the Sun? (Wells of Knowledge Science Series) by Robert E. Wells I image we’ll work our way through the entire series.

Publisher’s Description:
Move to another planet? Sounds interesting! In our imaginary spaceship, let’s check out the planets in our solar system. Mercury is closest, but it has no air, and it’s either sizzling hot or bitterly cold. The atmosphere on Venus is poisonous; plus, human beings would cook there. Mars might work, but you’d always have to be in a protective shelter. And if you got to the outer planets, you couldn’t even land as they are mostly made of gas! Our home planet is looking good. Why is Earth so comfortable for plants, animals, and people? As Robert E. Wells explains, it’s because of our just-right position form the sun, marvelous atmosphere, and abundant water. Our planet is very special and perfect for us, and that’s why we must do all we can to keep Earth healthy.

Book Details

Title: What’s So Special about Planet Earth? What's So Special about Planet Earth? (Wells of Knowledge Science) by Robert E. Wells
Author: Robert E. Wells
Category: Children’s Nonfiction

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