Wednesday, January 31, 2007

books, week of Jan 28

Tea anyone?

Here's what we've been reading this week:

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers. A nice introduction to my favorite poet, just a line or two per page, with lovely pencil drawings full of life and detail, and just a splash of color here and there. I can't think of a nicer book for a winter's night.

The Hat, by Jan Brett. Another hit by my favorite children's Author/Illustrator! A girl's woolens hung to "air out" before winter slowly dissappear as various animals attempt to copy a wayward hedgehog. Absolutely endearing text and pictures, with her usual amazing ability to tell several sides of the same story at once. A real hit around here, our favorite book of the week.

The Eyes of Gray Wolf, by Jonathan London, illustrated by Jon van Zyle. I really like London's books -- realistic without being gruesome, and he always chooses just the right illustrator. But these books are perhaps a little TOO realistic for my crew, books with more whimsy and fantasy seem to hold my kids' interest for longer periods of time. The boys loved this book the first day, but interest began waning after that, while The Hat continues to be a favorite. We'll read it again tonight, but if it meets with an equally luke warm reception tonight, I may replace it with another book for the remainder of the week. With both the full moon and Groundhog's day on Friday, and a potential snowstorm brewing, there are plenty of other good selections available.


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