Eva’s Latest Loot – April 2010

A diverse collection comprised of library loans, charity shop purchases and competition wins.  We’ve already had several reads of Thumbelina (50p from Oxfam!) and My First Knock Knock  joke book has been well used… there is of course a Magic Kitten and Magic Pony plus some ballet inspired stories in Nina Fairy Ballerina and Ballet School Carousel.  Eva has loved lots of the Rita the Rescuer series by Hilda Offen, excellent for independent readers around 6-8 – this time we got Rita in Rocky Park but she’s nearly finished the whole series so are on the lookout for something similar.  Junie B Jones is another series which Eva really enjoys – we even learn a lot about life in kindergarten and first grade in the US, Junie is like an American version of Sophie from the Dick King Smith stories which Eva also loves.

Two great charity shop buys were Gwyneth Rees’s Fairy Gold (Gwyneth Rees is a firm favourite) and Stanley’s Christmas Adventure – yes, we’re getting ready for the festive season already, well book wise anyway!  Flat Stanley can do no wrong in this household.  From the library we got Lauren Child’s fabulous Who Wants to be a Poodle, I don’t – we have read most of the Charlie and Lola series and also have some Clarice Bean plus a beautiful version of Pippi Longstocking illustrated by Lauren Child.   We have spent all week taking turns to do all the tongue twisters from Dr Seuss’s Rhymes, Riddles and Nonsense – I think it must be even better than Brain Training for keeping the old grey cells turning over!   Life wouldn’t be complete without a Rainbow Fairy addition, this time Destiny the Pop Star Fairy which Eva has borrowed from a friend – she has decided to set up a mini mobile library in her class and has started a book exchange!

Last but not least, Eva got her share of our prize win from Lucy Coat’s blog, The  Beasts in the Jar and The Dolphin’s Message - if I can get her dragged away from the fairies, ballerinas and fluffy animals for a while, I’m looking forward to introducing her to the Greek Myths.

Phew, that’s enough to keep us going for quite a while – I am going to have to buy another plain bookshelf and paint it pink to match the one I painted for her only 3 months ago!

PS – the books are not actually as long and thin in real life…must be my camera – if only it would have the same effect on pictures of me! ;-)

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  1. Iris says:

    All those pink books look so cute! I remember wanting to read a lot of books on ballet groups and classes when I was a young girl. They were all in Dutch though, so I can’t really recommend anything.

  2. admin says:

    There is so much more choice, Iris, than when I was little. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to read the Narnia books, E Nesbit, Noel Streatfeild – if there had been Magic Kittens around I probably would have been drawn to them instead!

  3. SazzyMCH says:

    We (well, Luke and I!) love Dr Seuss, and you can’t go wrong with Flat Stanley – we have a condensed picture book version and I look forward to the day when Luke wants to read the full version for himself.

    Somehow, this post has reminded me of some flash cards and learning to read stuff that I got for Luke and we haven’t used yet……………..

  4. admin says:

    Sarah, I got Jolly Phonics stuff for Luke which we used but forgot to do so with Eva!! Somehow it just seems to click with them, it’s really magical to see them beginning to read, deciphering all the symbols. Although I can’t imagine ever not reading bedtime stories to them – hardly suitable at 21 perhaps?!

  5. Laura says:

    I loved Thumbelina as a kid and Dr. Suess too.

  6. admin says:

    Laura, I only vaguely remembered Thumbelina through a film version from which only the Thumbelina song has stuck in my head. I actually found the story quite sad but then a lot of those fairy tales can be very grim/Grimm!!

  7. Stujallen says:

    all so colourful do think adult publishers could learn something from childrens book covers there so vivid some time ,hope she enjoys them all the best stu

  8. admin says:

    Quite right, Stu, plus I think they should include more illustrations in older children’s books and even adult books. It is ridiculous how there is this sudden leap from beautifully illustrated books at about age 6 to text only independent readers as if there is some sort of intellectual snobbery about illustrations – better stop before I go off on a ranting tangent!! ;-)

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