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:
Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet by Kelly DiPucchio
Gilbert desperately wants a pet. It could be a bear or a bunny, a horse or an elephant – he’s not picky (or so he thinks). A dog is too barky, a fly too squashed. What is a goldfish to do? This cover is a sure-fire hit with the preschool (and elementary) crowd, and the story lives up to expectations. Simple and sweet with a clever ending, this is a winner. Share with ages 3-9.
Peanut & Fifi Have a Ball by Randall de Sève
Little Peanut has a ball. Fifi does not, but she really, really wants to play with it. She shares ideas with Peanut – basketball, magic ball, etc. – but she won’t budge: the ball is special. So when Fifi decides to “have a ball” on her own – without a physical ball – what will Peanut do? With clever wordplay with charming illustrations (Paul Schmid is fast becoming a personal fav), this was lovely and engaging for the children as well as the adults. Bonus: it was H’s favorite story today. Share with ages 3-6.
The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine
On Chinese New Year’s Eve, young Ming trades his family’s last bit of food for a rusty, banged up wok – a magic wok. It rolls to the greedy (and rich) Li household, where it is filled with foods, treats, and gold before rolling back to Ming’s family. The Li’s are now poor and furious. But the wok’s work isn’t done… With catchy rhymes and an engaging Robin Hood storyline, this is a family favorite. Share with ages 3-11.