Regarding our favorite books this week...
Aunt Minnie and the Twister by Mary Skillings Prigger
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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