The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s abc

Happy Sunday! Or happy whatever-day-you-are-Reading-this! So, my daughter Bella immediately spotted this book at Barnes and Noble the other day because she’s a huge fan of the original Very Hungry Caterpillar Book and even though we have several other abc books, I bought it because I typically have a rule that I never say no to buying a book (within reason). Well we brought it home and have been going through it everyday for the last couple weeks and I have to say that I didn’t expect to like it this much.

Bella’s thoughts:

She likes the paterpiller (Caterpillar) and the letters. “It’s so funny”.

My thoughts:

I love the bright colors because it instantly draws the eye to the page and Makes it easy for a two and three year old to focus as you read through the letters. Since the book features the same Caterpillar and art work from the original book, it makes it easily recognizable and I appreciate that for Bella who loves the original book. Another thing that I love is the fact that each letter takes up most of the page. I was getting really tired of books that feature the letter and then a picture of some sort and some words because often it distracts a small child from the main point, which is the letter. But what I love most about this book is that it is all lower case letters. Most of what they read is in lower case and it is often recommended to begin there. Of course, the kids are going to learn all their letters regardless, but if I can help my daughter become a confident reader in any way, I will try.

The one thing I didn’t like about this book was the height of the letters. In trying to make the letters cute and chubby, some of the letters are not tall enough. As an example, Bella is constantly confusing d and a because the tall part of the lower case d is not that tall so it looks a bit like an a and I can easily see why she keeps making that mistake.

All in all it’s adorable and engaging for a little one who’s interested in “doing letters” and learning to read.

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A Place for Pluto

Bella and I are still chipping away at her 1000 Books before Kindergarten goal (though I am the absolute WORST about logging our books… and so despite reading 2-3 books minimum per night, we’ve only logged around 200 in the last few months) We still have our old favorites, but we’ve acquired many new books recently. And this book is among our favorites recently.

Brief synopsis: In this book, we meet Pluto (yes, THAT Pluto) when he’s part of the famous nine. He’s the smallest and furthest planet from the sun but he’s proud to be part of that elite group. Until… he finds out he is no longer considered a planet and thus is no longer part of the famous nine. He’s devastated and sets off through the galaxy to find out who he really is.

Mom’s thoughts: Ok so this book is heckin adorable. Aside from the beautiful color illustrations, the story is super cute as well. The story itself is good, but I like that it also teaches kids about belonging. It also has the added bonus of teaching kids a little bit about our galaxy. I found that it is entertaining enough that I don’t feel like pulling my hair out after reading it REPEATEDLY.

I’d say the intended age group is probably the preschool and up crowd, but the story is so engaging and the illustrations so adorable, that Bella (who is 2) has sat through MULTIPLE readings. Did I mention that I have a two year old and that we have to do everything repeatedly? 😆

Bella’s thoughts: Bella says “I like it”. (And we all know toddlers are brutally honest)

Til next time, Happy Reading.

Grover Learns To Read

Anyone with kids will know how once a child finds a favorite anything, whether it be a movie, a song, or a story, they will want to watch, listen and read to said item REPEATEDLY. Bella has quite the little collection of books but she seems to be favoring two lately. The one we will be discussing today is this copy of Grover Learns To Read that I found at the thrift store a few months ago.

A brief synopsis:

Grover loves books and his favorite thing in the world is when his mommy reads to him at night. His mom mentions that he will soon be learning to read on his own and when he is able to read words at school he is terrified because he knows that once he can read books his mommy will no longer read to him. So he tries to stop learning to read. One day, to stop a baby from crying he reads her a story without realizing he could and runs home to tell his mom his achievement. When Grover tells her how upset he is that she won’t read to him anymore she assures him that a mommy will never stop reading to her child but now he can read more books.

I’ll admit that I bought this book hoping Bella would like it because I loved the Grover books as a child. When I first bought it she was to young to sit through the whole thing and preferred books with a single word on the page but now she is bringing this book over to me constantly and sits through the whole story… usually twice in a row. She loves that there are pictures of books in the book and currently makes me read it to her several times each day.

So this one is a clear win for us and if you are looking for a book to read to a child that you won’t mind reading a couple times a day I cannot recommend this one enough.