Book 6 : Poorly Pingu and Pigu’s bouncy fun

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.

Anyway.. verdict

Beanie:  “Once more!”
Bedazzled : “I want that book in my collection!!!!!!!!!!”


Book 5 : Dora’s Storytime collection

Book name : Dora’s Storytime Collection

Synopsis (from Goodreads )

Dora and her best friend, Boots, go on more adventures than you can count. Now Dora fans can enjoy many of their favorite Dora stories all in one book! This best-selling collection includes:

Dora’s Backpack
Little Star
Happy Birthday, Mami!
Meet Diego!
Dora Saves the Prince
Dora’s Treasure Hunt
Good Night, Dora!

We we thought: 
Beanie is a big big fan of Dora. She loves watching the Dora shows on TV and I must admit that I have found them adorable at times as well. She started jumping around when she spotted this really worn and misused book at the library. Now who is to argue with a three-year-old with an iron will? 
I was pleasantly surprised at how engaging the book really was. All stories are constructed like tasks where Dora needs to follow three steps for getting a goal accomplished. I have seen this format on TV on another show – the Mickey Mouse Club , but  have never encountered it in a book. All stories were loads of fun and involved some form of counting. I am not sure this series will appeal to her six month down the line now that she can count upto thirteen. The best story was the one that had them counting in Spanish! With a little prodding , Beanie can count upto six in Spanish now . I learnt a lot of Spanish words – like Vamanos (that means let’s go!).  I have realized that she has a flair for languages. We were at a restaurant eating, when she suddenly quipped ,”Excellente!” Both hubby and I couldn’t stop laughing. Sometimes she says hola when she is meeting someone new.Thanks to Dora, she now acts like some precious little European princess and uses a lot of these words she learnt in her everyday conversations.  We have read the book three times in the last ten days That’s how much she likes it ! 
 She keeps repeating the word ‘Quatros’ and breaks into peals of laughter every time I say it the way she wants me to. It was almost like a new ‘Ickky word’ that kids this age love laughing to (for the uninitiated the Ickky word is  stuff like burp or it’s more offensive cousin ;)) By the way , this is more like the 20th book we’ve read for this challenge. Lots of books remain to be written about ! We picked up a few basic books from Pratham and LLLOOOOVVEED it . We also went second-hand book shopping and we(more like I) got overboard by picking up 30 odd books. There were a few copies of books on nursery rhymes and fables from the 70’s in the bunch! Will share the pics some other time 🙂 
 I  know I am not a Parent-zilla , but sometimes I wonder if I am thrusting my unfulfilled ambitions on her. It’s just that I realise that 90% of a child’s potential is realised by the age of nine and I want to make sure that she is not lacking  in any opportunities.The thing with my generation was that we weren’t exposed to so many things and didnt miss anything because we were just blissfully unaware. Playing outdoors sufficed.Things werent so cut-throat back then. Kids were still kids. Things are so much more different now. There is so much more pressure on these kids to ‘learn stuff’ and do well. I see so many career-mamas who are hell-bent on making sure that their child goes to every single class available on earth. Which is why the activity classes of the world are flourishing.  Poor things, these kids are! 
Anyway, back to the book. Overall a slightly formulaic volume, but extremely enjoyable for both the parent and the child. Great for early learners who are just mastering counting skills.  
Verdict : 
Bedazzled: “Vamanos!” 
Beanie : Can we read it again , Amma? 

Book 2 Bookathon ; My Mother’s Sari by Sandhya Rao and Nina Sabnani

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 :

One long stretch of cloth is what Mother always wears–“elegant yet so graceful. The mystery of the sari can be magic for a child, winding and weaving, just like the connection between a child and its mother. The style, the motifs, the interplay of children, colors, and textures, create the rich, mood-filled, and dreamy world of
Our thoughts 
This is one of the earliest books that Beanie started liking. The book starts with pictures of a lil girl  telling us how a saree is wrapped.  The sentences are simple and short. Perfect for young readers starting out or also for read aloud with your babies. For the longest time , Beanie couldn’t relate to the fact that moms wore sarees and  thought that  the book was talking about her grand mom’s saree. Now, she is big enough to understand that mom could wear a saree if she wanted to 🙂 The story line is pretty simple- a child pictures a saree imaginatively as a lot of things – like a sling , slide, a river and many more.  The child in the illustrations is cute and looks impish , but I am not a great fan of the artwork as it seemed a little too amateurish for me. No complaints from Beanie.
The best part of the book for me was the different ways that a saree can be used.  Another important aspect is the ‘Indian-ness’ of the book. Tulika and Karadi are doing a fab job by coming up with books that are extremely Indian in their content.  It does help that it is a hard bound book , as toddlers have a way of putting a book through a lot of wear and tear 🙂  
Bedazzled : “Sweet lil’ book that reminded me of my mother’s saree :)” 
Beanie : “I want to wear a saree, ma!”