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Book name : Poorly Pingu and Pingu’s Bouncy Fun combo
synopsis : Pingu is making mother very cross by bouncing on everything in the igloo, including Pinga’s rabbit! Then father comes up with an idea!
Our views :
Oh what joy this little cracker of a character is! I have seen the series on TV many many years ago , and have thoroughly enjoyed watching the antics of Pingu, the penguin. When I saw this book in the library I had to pick it up. This book is by far the most-loved book in our household. Even after returning the book back , Beanie demands that I read this book to her. Alas! the books are out-of-print in India. The first is the story of how Pingu bounces on every single object at home and creates mayhem. Daddy and little Pingu come up with a great idea to harness Pingu’s ‘bouncy- energy’! Any three-year old would love the idea of a penguin bouncing on every available surface ! But I really wonder why I loved it so much 🙂
In the second story, Pinga the sister gets a fancy sticker from the nurse because she is sick, but Pingu wants one too. What will the little bugger do to get one for himself? This one was just pure awesome. I am rediscovering my childhood with the lovely books. I would have totally done what Pingu did in Poorly Pingu when I was a child. Beanie loved poorly Pingu over Bouncy fun too, which struck me . At Beanie’s age , one doesn’t come up with ideas for faking illnesses ,but I guess kids these days are exposed to concepts that are more complex than I had to handle back when I was her age.On the one hand I am happy that she can comprehend things that are years ahead of her age, I am sad that she is growing up faster than I want her to! I am already pulling up her baby pictures and marveling at how ‘little’ she was a few years back. All signs of a nostalgia-stricken mother 😦 I am wondering what a wreck i’ll be when she gets married.
Beanie: “Once more!”
Bedazzled : “I want that book in my collection!!!!!!!!!!”
Book name : Now you See me
Author : Tish Rabe
Illustrated by : Christopher Moroney
What is the book all about (taken from Goodreads)
Hide-and-seek is a great game, but Nick always finds where Sally is hiding. And that’s no fun! Enter the Cat in the Hat. His friend Gecko is an expert at hiding. Maybe Gecko can share some tips with the kids? So off they go to the jungle, where Gecko teaches them how to hide in plain sight—using camouflage! Kids won’t be able to hide their delight in this rhymed Step 2,Step into Reading book based on an episode from the new PBS Kids television show The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! (Step 2 is for children who recognize familiar words and sound out new words with aural and visual cues. Step 2 titles have simple stories, basic vocabulary, and short sentences.) (less)
I never read Dr. Seuss books when I was a child , and had always wondered what the fuss was all about. I am not sure if this is part of the original Dr Seuss books , but it has a lovely cover with ‘The Cat’, which made me pick it up at the library . This book is supposedly for level 2 readers( those who can recognize familiar sounds and words), but I don’t really believe in the theory that kids must be exposed to books that are prescribed for their age. I plan on reading out random books to Beanie , just to expose her to stuff that are available. It is upto her to like or dislike stuff and make her own opinions. If she understands what I read out , great. If she doesn’t, no sweat. Someday she will. I didn’t know a think about Wodehouse when I started reading his books in my tenth standard holidays, but till date Wodehouse is one of my favourite. I wouldn’t have discovered a great writer if I had thought about age-appropriateness and stayed away from that book. Anyway reading this book to Beanie was just an experiment to see if she could understand books with slightly complicated concepts.
Both of us enjoyed the book (Me more than her, I guess) and we are sure this is just the beginning of our journey into other ‘Cat in the Hat’ books’. The book is rather adorable and starts of with Sally and Nick starting their vacation. They play a game of hide-and-seek , in which Nick has to find Sally.As expected, Nick is able to spot Sally out in a minute. In comes The Cat and tells them all about ‘CAMOUFLAGE’. Beanie didn’t know the word ,but kept repeating it over and over again. Some words are lovely like that, no?
The Cat takes the duo into the jungle to meet Gecko to teach them all about Camouflage and hiding. I thought that the concept was rather clever , and would definitely work with slightly older kids. For some reason , Beanie couldn’t correlate the connection between the Gecko hiding and the kids playing hide-and-seek. I am sure this would be a great book for a four or a five year old.
Illustrations are bright and lovely. I am sure there is some back story to why The Cat is in black and white, whereas other characters are in colour. I also loved the lyrical quality of the words that seemed just apt and not trite( I have read books where really stupid-sounding sentences are strung up just for the sake of rhyming with the previous sentence!). Beanie can’t appreciate rhyming stuff yet. She loves action words ,though. Also , I have noticed that she likes books that have girls as main characters rather than the ones with boys ( case in point is the Barbie series, which also happens to be her favorite.) I am just hoping that she will grow out of her pink-princess-Barbie fixation soon 🙂
Overall , a lovely read with a super concept.
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Bedazzled : High five! Will definitely read the book again to beanie when she is a little older.
Beanie : “CAMOUFLAGGGGEEEE”
So I thought I would regularly blog for the next fifty days , but couldn’t! When school’s out , it is practically impossible to find time to pen thoughts down. So I am going to try to be as regular as possible. We’ve read more than a book a day , but none of them stood out and spoke to us :). Which is why I have decided to only chronicle the books that we enjoyed, and not everything that we picked up.
Today’s pick is a lovely book that is also one of my daughter’s favourite.
Book name : My mother’s Sari
Writer and Illustrator : Sandhya Rao and Nina Sabnani
Appropriate for age : 2+
What the book is about :
The fifty-days Bookathon project.
We ( Beanie , the daughter and I )are planning to read a book a day and blog about it for the next fifty days. Beanie is three and can’t read yet , so I read to her. But I suspect she can identify clusters of words that she keeps seeing regularly. I thought I would be a Momazilla, but I have discovered that I not too demanding . I just want her to learn at her pace. But increasingly I find that I need to do more research to keep her engaged as she is an extremely inquisitive kid . Hence this project. This book is an old favorite, but I thought that it would be the perfect book to blog about and review this old ‘khandar’:) . I will also be posting all the crafty stuff Beanie and I are going to indulge ourselves in as a way to chronicle her milestones. Beanie is a total DIY mini crafter and loves activities that involve pasting and cutting. And I am one happy mommy 🙂
Here is an attempt to document all the books that the daughter, Beanie and I enjoy reading together.
Book name : Handa’s surprise
Author : Eileen Browne
Book source : owned
Handa puts seven delicious fruits in a basket to take to her friend, Akeyo. But as she walks, carrying the basket on her head, various creatures steal her fruits. A monkey takes the banana, an ostrich the guava, a zebra the orange, an elephant the mango, a giraffe the pineapple, an antelope the avocado and a parrot the passion fruit. Handa walks on, wondering which of the fruits her friend will like best, oblivious to the fact that her basket is now empty. But then, behind her, a goat charges into a tangerine tree and fills Handa’s basket with the fruit. “Hello, Akeyo,” she greets her friend. “I’ve brought you a surprise.” But when she lifts off her basket, it’s Handa who gets the biggest surprise. Akeyo, meanwhile, is delighted, because tangerines are her favourite fruit! Eileen Browne also created “Through My Window” which was shortlisted for the Smarties Book Prize (1986), “No Problem”, “Tick Tock” and “Where’s my Bus?”.
I loved the simple prose that went along with the vibrant and beautiful illustrations. Simply breathtaking brush strokes that brings the African Savanah alive! The surprise element at the end is rather cute too. Needless to say , Beanie loved this book to bits, as she does anything that has vibrant illustrations in it . The words are easy and the flow is amazing. Great way to introduce them to fruits and animal that are found in Africa.The story-line is engaging so that 3 year olds can easily follow it. There were a few fruits that Beanie didn’t know from the list initially (like the tangerine and avacado) , but now she knows the book almost by-heart. I introduced her to this book almost a year back when she was more keen looking at the pictures and pointing at the animals. Now , she is interested in ‘what happens next’ and the ‘story element’ . There are lots of activities that can be planned around this book .
Interesting right? I found her short poems lovely. My Hindi is pretty patchy , but Kuhoo’s metaphors and words are so lovely that I didn’t have much trouble understanding the thoughts that she has expressed so beautifully! Let’s get to know here more..