This week we have been diving in deep with the children's chapter books for my Granddaughter and the children's picture books for my Grandson. Most interesting is that these are books from an overseas publiser, Floris Books with the American distributor of Steiner Books. As you know I want to share them with you too. So lets all dive right in.
The Golden Prince by Felix Arthur. We get to play along in our imagination as The Golden Prince goes through his day. We shared as the brave knight rescued damsels in distress, captured
criminals, hunted wild beasts and saved his castle from destruction by bad wizards
and fearsome dragons. When all the while the little boy was bothering his big
sister, entertaining his little brother, playing with the family pet and exhausting his
grandparents who have come to dinner? I love the juxtaposition between the
vivid imagination of a little boy and the reality around him.
The Children of Hat Cottage by Elsa Beskow to us as one of our bedtime stories. This was read the night after the Grandbabes got in trouble for putting play dough in the microwave. (Oh my goodness I was so upset with them!) The Children of Hat Cottage have to rebuild thier home after the first on is destroyed by fire. I used this lil gem to help them understand the dangers of playing with items they are too young to use. Asking them what would they do if the microwave had caught fire and burnt down our home? Would we have to go live in a hat?
Happy by Miles Van Hout was one that Landon was able to help us "read". Every double page spread had a beautiful bright painted fish expressing the emotion of the word on the page. Now Landon might not be able to read the words but I promise you he was able to read the paintings. Each emotion feature, he would then make a face to mimic the fish that was showing it off. This is a wonderful first reader to share with lil ones.
The Man in the Clouds by Koos Meinderts & Annette Fienieg. The man in the clouds has won the Gelett Burgess Award 2012 in the category Society and Culture! When the Man in the Clouds created a beautiful painting, many people begin to climb up his mountain to see it. So many find it
especially comforting. An art expert arrives and tells the artist that it is very valuable.
That makes the Man in the Clouds determined to protect it rather than
share it. He starts to destroy all he has around him in order to keep the painting safe. Finally, he sees that his greed and possessiveness has changed the way
he sees the picture so he tosses it into the fire. That made the grandbabes ask why. When I explained that he needed to learn to love his life more than the painting they began to understand. Soon they turned the page and saw as the Man did that beauty was all around him always. (God sure does paint a lovely sunrise.) I have to say the watercolor paintings in this book were so lively.
These books have been so much fun to share with my Grandbabes this last week. I am sad to know they will be going home today. But I have to housesit til the end of the month and it is not much fun for them as it is me. I am hoping to have them retun in July though!