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Little Miss and I had some fun with some books this past month but did get a bit overwhelmed with how many we had to read so some went back to the library before we even opened them!
Apparently, my and The Husband’s love of books has rubbed off on her because she told me last week she can’t go to the library without bringing home at least one book.
I had suggested to her we merely go to our homeschool event and not sign out books.
“Oh no!” she declared. “No! I can’t go to the library without getting a book now! You’ve rubbed off on me. I must have books! I must become one with the books! I’m obsessed!
I am looking forward to another library trip soon, but here are three of our favorites from the last library pick-up and an extra one we had at home.
I signed this book out as part of our art unit after I looked online for books that were for children and focused on impressionist artists. I was thrilled that our small library actually had it. It’s the cutest book that leads children through the paintings of Claude Monet. Little Miss and I had already watched a special on him and after reading this book we also attempted to paint like him. It wasn’t a success, but we tried anyhow.
I loved the cute artwork and story in the book.
It was also interesting to note that there was an actual ceramic cat in Monet’s house that was later passed down to Monet’s son and that is what the book was based on.
This is a book I am going to buy for us to read later.
Sticking with the artist theme, I signed this one out as well to go with our unit on the Impressionist movement.
We actually haven’t finished this one because it didn’t catch Little Miss’s attention as quickly as Monet’s Cat. She got tired in the middle of reading it so I hope we can finish it today actually. It is due back to the library soon.
I’m not sure if these books are part of a series or not but they are, obviously, similar in that they deal with animals that insert themselves in the lives of artists who actually knew each other when they were alive. They also showcase the art of each artist within the pages.
Since we are focusing on the arts for homeschool for the month of May, I also picked up a book about music from the library. This is another book I will probably purchase for us.
It is full of information about composers but also about music and instruments in general and comes with a CD to give examples of the music talked about in the book.
Charlie The Ranch Dog
This book was not exactly a library pick but I did find it at a library sale. There are six mini books collected in this one hardcover collection.
Little Miss loved reading all the books to me before bed for a week. They are cute, simple stories. Little Miss loved finding the chipmunk hidden in the drawings almost on every page of the book.
She also loved sticking all the stickers to the wall in her room.
This is a book I picked up from an online used sale.
It is so cute and funny. I might have giggled at parts of it more than Little Miss did.
She did like it, though and I am glad that we own it so we can read it again. There are two other books in the series and now I am going to look for them too. This book was in such good shape that it still looks new, even though I picked it up for more than half it’s original price.
The story is about a bear that is essentially adopted by four goslings who imprint on him when he tried to cook them for dinner
Little House in the Big Woods
We are also re-reading Little House in the Big Woods. The difference this time is that Little Miss is reading to me until she almost falls asleep and then I take over for her. It’s so much fun to see her getting into reading this way and to see her reading to me like I have been to her for years now.
For history, we are reading The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz and she’s not as big of a fan of it as she is the Little House series, but it focuses on Pennsylvania history and we needed a unit of that before the school year ended so it is working out well.