– What I’m currently reading
I finished Dolores Clairborne last night so tonight I’ll be starting the brand new Harlan Coben, Stay Close. I’ve read a couple of his books before (my favorite was Tell No One) and I have to read this one for my July book club. I’m not sure I need another book that keeps me up at night at this point (see below).
– What they’re currently reading
– Mars needs moms! by Berkeley Breathed. We LOVE this book! A disgruntled boy doesn’t see what his mom is good for, except feeding him broccoli and making him do chores. When Martians kidnap her and take her back to their planet, he realizes how much he loves her and tries to get her back. But in the end, his mom is the one sacrificing herself to save his life. My kids felt a little anxious when the mom took off her helmet to put it on her son’s head and she ran out of air, but I think it made them realize how far a mom will go for her child.
– The Barking Mouse by Antonio Sacre. A Spanish-speaking mouse family enjoys their picnic but when a hungry cat shows up, they can’t figure out how to chase him away. Mother mouse saves the day by demonstrating her ability to speak another language (BARK!). This is a great lesson about the usefulness of speaking several languages and I even got to practice some Spanish while reading this Cuban folkore inspired story.
– Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Little Pea hates eating the main course for dinner, which happens to be candy every day. But his parents won’t let him have his spinach dessert until he cleans his plate. Hilarious!
– What they recently finished reading
– The Boy Who Lived With the Seals by Rafe Martin. This Native American story is so well told that my five-year old asked me if it was a strue story. A boy gets lots on his way back to the tribe and disappears. A year later his parents find him swimming with seals and try to return him to the tribe but his behavior is quite unusual and re-adaptation proves to be difficult.
– Mr Putter & Tabby Take the Train by Cynthia Rylant. Mr Putter and Mrs Teaberry try to take Tabby and Zeke on a train ride, but when they’re told no pets are allowed on the train, they find creative ways to get around the rule.
– Mr Putter & Tabby Feed the Fish by Cynthia Rylant. Mr Putter decides to adopt a few goldfish but Tabby and her twitching tail can’t handle the new stimulation. Poor Tabby can’t stop batting the fishbowl. Bat. Bat. Bat. oh, what to do with the fish? I love Tabby’s fish eyes! No matter how many times we read the Mr Putter & Tabby books, we can’t get tired of them.
– What I think they’ll read next
I have no idea! What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?
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