Thursday, October 6, 2011

Twisters, Bears, and Braids

Regarding our favorite books this week... 

Aunt Minnie and the Twister by Mary Skillings Prigger
Thing2:  Fun. 
Thing1:  Good.
Mom:  I loved this one, and I can't wait to find some more Aunt Minnie McGranahan books.  It was sweet and tender while it was goofy at the same time.  The tornado subject was conversation-provoking for us because our lives have been full of tornado aftermath since May.

The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward
Thing2:  I loved that one.
Thing1:  Loved it.  It was about a boy that catches a baby bear, and it gets to be the biggest bear in the entire world.  The pictures were cool.  I liked them.
Mom:  This book is a 1950's era, well-illustrated story about a boy who sets out to kill a bear but finds a baby bear instead.  The Husband remembers his Mama reading this to him when he was a kid.

And the winner is..........
Erandi's Braids by Antonio Hernandez Madrigal, Illustrated by Tomie dePaola
Thing1:  It was cool.  I loved the entire thing.
Thing2:  She did not want to cut them.  Then she did want to cut them.  She was getting a new dolly and a new dress.
Mom:  This was my favorite and Thing2's favorite, which I would not have predicted.  We read it again last night before bed, and he listened with rapt attention even the second time through.  Both times we read it, I thought he would cry during the climax, and both times he was smiling happy at the end.  Erandi is a girl who lives with her mother in a Mexican village in the 1930's or 1940's, so it provided some good cultural education as well.  I would think that the story would be even more moving for a girl who understood the sacrifice of giving up long hair.  (I also think the fact that a 3-year-old boy, who does not care if his hair is cut, was so moved by her sacrifice attests to the effectiveness of the storytelling.) This story is everything a read-aloud should be:  Delightful for the reader and readee.

Obviously I am having a hard time convincing Thing1 to be specific today.  Maybe it is because we took the books back to the library already, so I cannot put them in front of him to jog his memory.

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