I have always been a bookworm. But now that I have kids, I spend more time reading with them than I do for myself. This week, the books we enjoyed include:
1. The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
2. Never Trust a Tiger: A Story from Korea (Animal Stories)retold by Lari Don, illustrated by Melanie Williamson
The Little Busy Squirrel is a simple tale about a squirrel getting ready for winter. He collects acorns, berries and corn as the animals ask him to spend time with him. But he’s too busy!’
The story has nice word repetition (think of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle“) and wonderful illustrations. We enjoyed finding the bugs amid the pictures and talking about the different animals. Our personal favorite bird is a cardinal so my boys were thrilled to see it here.
I thought the story might be too simple for my six year old but he loved thinking about why we see the squirrels in our yard running about. He was concerned letting out dog out into the yard because he didn’t want her to get in the way of the squirrels doing their job. What more could you ask for from a book?
MY TWO CENTS: The Busy Little Squirrel is a delightful book for toddlers, preschoolers and beginning readers that has engaging illustrations and teaches children about hybernation.
Never Trust a Tiger is a Korean tale about a man who rescues a tiger from a pit. Once free, the tiger pounces on the man, ready to eat him. The man claims a good dead cannot be rewarded with a bad deed. To solve their argument, they ask the local flora and fauna to settle their disagreement.
Broken down into chapters, I read this entire book to my kindergartener in one evening because we both wanted to learn the outcome before bedtime. It can be done in one sitting but is really meant for beginning readers, thus the chapters. Published by Barefoot Books, the book promises simple vocabulary, short sentences and exciting plots for the early reader. They certainly deliver.
The book’s cover says it is Animal Stories #2. I think we’ll have to get the first one of the series.
MY TWO CENTS: Never Trust a Tiger is an engaging read and even kept this adult interested in the story — no small feat for a children’s book. This book is appropriate for elementary school children and comes with an interesting lesson in who one should trust.