Each Tuesday, I read stories in my boy H’s Montessori classroom. In classic librarian form, I research and choose books I think they’ll like (and that I like, too!). Here are this week’s choices:
Perfectly Percy by Paul Schmid
Percy loves balloons. But as a porcupine with sharp quills, Percy has a big problem! Join Percy as he creatively works to become a problem-solver. A very quiet group was actively engaged in identifying Percy’s problem and curious to discover how he solved it. A lovely little story. Share with ages 3-6.
Leaves by David Ezra Stein
Young Bear is confused when the leaves begin changing colors and falling from trees. As winter looms, Bear discovers a good use for the leaves he enjoys, creating a cave to protect him from the harsh weather. Beautifully illustrated, this was the title my son H chose as his favorite from today’s stories. As he said, “It was a good fall story.” I agree! Share with ages 2-6.
Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller & Anne Wilsdorf
When her mom buys a squash at the farmer’s market, Sophie adopts it. She draws a face, names it Beatrice and takes it everywhere. As the days pass, Beatrice grows spotty and mushy, so Sophie consults a farmer. She learns that squash need fresh air, good soil and love to grow. When given all three ingredients, Sophie’s squash is transformed. This was a bit long to read this early in the year for some of the children, but the subject matter – plus the farmer’s market across the street from the school – made it a must-read in my world. Paired with Leaves, it was a lovely fall offering. Share with ages 3-8.
Wondered where Read-Aloud Tuesday was last week? Off at the Montessori field trip to the pumpkin patch!