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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Margaret Hillert Books

Thanks to other fellow bloggers, I became acquainted with author Margaret Hillert. This is why I love reading and sharing so that I can find books that are in line with my taste and educational goals for my child.

Margaret Hillert was a first grade teacher from Michigan who developed a whole system of beginning reading books for children in the 1960's and 1970's under Follet Publishing Company (Follett JUST Beginning-to-Read Books).

Many of these stories are retellings of popular tales like Cinderella and the Ugly Duckling. Hillert uses popular sight words used by beginner readers. The illustrations are often classic and old-fashioned which I LOVE.

Here is an excerpt from Cinderella at the Ball:

"Away you go. Away, little one. Away to the ball. A ball is fun. Here I go. Up, up, up. Up to the ball. Oh my, oh my. It is fun here. Fun for you and me."

The Funny Baby is the title of book retelling the story of the popular Ugly Duckling tale. Here is an excerpt:


"Oh look. Here is something. One little one. Two little ones. Three little ones. And a big one. Where is the mother? Can you find the mother? See here. Here is the mother. See mother go."

The illustrations will be helpful in assisting the young reader in comprehending the story as will a former introduction to the original tale.

I'm interested in finding beginner reading books that assist with reading, are simplistic, and something other than the latest commercialized material.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Llama Llama Zippity-Zoom


"Llama Llama Zippity-Zoom" by Anna Dewdney is my toddler's new favorite book. 

He had been saying "vroom, vroom" whenever he heard a car or truck. Then I read him this book, and he was so excited to hear that "vroom, vroom, VROOM" was a part of the story!

This quick-read board book is about llama's riding scooters and bikes and playing on the playground with a focus on sounds. 

"Llama Llama Zip! Llama Llama Zoom! Llama Llama Red Pajama, Vroom, Vroom VROOM! Llama Llama Swish! Llama Llama Swoosh! Llama Llama Red Pajama Whoosh, Whoosh, WHOOSH!"

It's a fun book to read-aloud and is also a bit of a tongue-twister!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

National Ice Cream Month

July is National Ice Cream Month, and specifically, the third Sunday in July is National Ice Cream Day.

As usual, my go-to non-fiction picture book author, Gail Gibbons, has the perfect book about ice cream. Ice Cream: The Full Scoop explains the history behind ice cream and how it is made. 

 "About 700 years ago a famous Italian trader, Marco Polo, came home from China bringing recipes for flavored ices. Chefs for European royalty experimented with new combinations of icy treats. Finally cream was added, and there was a new dessert we now call "ice cream"."

Another great book is a Level 1 Penguin Young Reader called Ice Cream Soup by Ann Ingalls, 2013. The young boy in the story has the idea to make an ice cream cake. He adds more and more ice cream and toppings. By the end, the ice cream has melted, and it looks more like soup then cake!

"There is more room. I don't won't to stop. I can put something else on top."

After reading either of these two books, there is no doubt, your child will be begging for ice cream!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff is an adorable cause and effect book about a boy a a mouse. 

"If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he'll probably ask you for a straw. When he's finished, he'll ask for a napkin. Then he'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache."

And the story goes on and on in a fun, imaginative way. The book has become very popular, and you can find lots of activities online to go along with the story. Subsequent books have been published in a similar style - If You Give a Moose a Muffin, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, If You Take a Mouse to School. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What is the World Made Of?: All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases

"What is the World Made Of?: All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases" is a Let's Read-and-
Find-Out Science Stage 2 picture book by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld.

This picture book describes the three types of matter, solids, liquids, and gases.

"Walls and blocks and socks are SOLIDS. Milk and lemonade and water are LIQUIDS. The air you breathe is a GAS. Some solids are hard and some are soft. But all solids hold their shape unless you do something to change them. A wooden block is hard. You can push it and pull it and squeeze it -- it will always stay squared. If your baby brother pounds it with his toy truck, it may chip or break. But then the broken pieces will hold their shape."

One other example that is used to describe the three states of matter is water. You can easily follow along with the descriptions in the book by experimenting with freezing and boiling water to watch the changes.

"Can you imagine a world where your toys melt when it gets too hot? Where the walls of your house turn into hazy gas, and animals just walk in and out as they please? A place where, on cold days, you have to swim through the air, and where everything you'd like to drink is hard as a block? What a crazy world it would be!"