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:
Mr. King’s Things by Geneviève Côté
Mr. King likes things, especially new things. When he tires of his old things, he tosses them into the river with not a second thought. How will this affect Mr. King’s passion for fishing? A lovely introduction to giving life to one’s old things, this book’s concept is not often seen – but extremely well done. Share with ages 2-6.
The Tiny King by Taro Miura
The Tiny King lives in a huge castle, with a huge army and a huge table with a huge feast…but with no one to share it with, he is extremely lonely. When he meets – and marries – the Big Queen, his life changes for the better. Brilliantly bold artwork accompanies this story of how our lives are enriched by the people with whom we live. Share with ages 3-6.
Big Bear’s Big Boat by Eve Bunting
Big Bear has given his too-small boat to Little Bear, and he has begun to build a new, bigger boat. He wants something big and blue, but is swayed to add more and more features by his friends. Can Big Bear do what is best for him without hurting the feelings of his friends? Tackling some tough subjects (thinking for oneself and peer pressure), this story succeeds on all levels. This is the second book by Bunting featuring these characters (Little Bear’s Little Boat is the first). Share with ages 3-6.
Foxy in Love by Emma Dodd
Magical Foxy is back, just in time for a Valentine’s adventure. Emily is trying to make a special Valentine, but she needs help remembering all of her favorite things to include. It’s Foxy’s magical tail to the rescue! Sweetly told, this darling story touches on the true meaning of Valentine’s day (less glitter and me-me-me, more love for those we love). Share with ages 2-6.