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 titles:
Extraordinary Jane by Hannah E. Harrison
Jane is a small, white dog living in an amazingly talented family. Her circus-performing parents and siblings have great skill and though Jane has tried, she does not have circus skills. She is a good companion, though, bringing a smile to the ringmaster’s face. Short and sweet, this story is perfect for discussions on individuality and confidence. Share with ages 3-6.
Maple by Lori Nichols
Young Maple’s parents planted a maple tree in her honor when she was a baby. As Maple’s grown up so, too, has the tree: it is always there when Maple’s too loud to be inside (which happens quite a lot) and is the most peaceful place to lie down and relax. When a new tree begins to grow next to hers, Maple discovers the reason: she’ll soon be a big sister. A beautiful story incorporating seasons and new siblings with a natural ending, the gorgeous watercolor illustrations are perfect. Recommended. Share with ages 3-6.
(Side note: Maple & Willow Together will be released in November 2014! Yay!)
The Magic Bojabi Tree by Dianne Hofmeyr
The animals on the African plain are hungry and the tree with the luscious fruit is being guarded by Python, who will only share the bounty if the animals tell him the name of the tree. Zebra, Elephant, and Monkey each believe that they can get the name of the magic tree from mighty Lion, but missteps ensue for each. Can young, slow Tortoise save the day? An retelling of an old African folktale perfect for the preschool crowd. Recommended. Share with ages 3-7.