What We Are Reading
The Tooth Fairy Meets El Raton Perez. For some reason Froggy seems to gravitate to books that are presented in both Spanish and English. Unlike Drum Chavi Drum this one does not present the same text in both languages. Instead each character speaks in the appropriate language. One has to either know Spanish or get the meaning from context. Froggy read the book to herself several times before I got my hands on it. It was fun to see how much of the Spanish she was actually able to get from context.
Another big hit is The Pumpkin Runner, a fun piece of historical fiction based loosely on Cliff Young, an Australian farmer/runner. I loved the unrealistic swirly stylistic illustrations and simplistic way the main character speaks when compared with the other characters. This book prompted some great conversations about Australia, work and sharing.
The final book I want to share for this week is Adventure Annie Goes To Work. Annie and her mom have a special ritual in which they go on adventures together each Saturday. Unfortunately this Saturday, mom needs to go to work. "Adventure" Annie goes with and the story ensues. The story is straightforward and the illustrations are the typical brightly colored illustrations and we liked the story. It is a nice lesson of making the best of a bad situation happily and looking on the bright side. I like that it presents the lesson without being preachy.