Read-Aloud Tuesday: May 6, 2014

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:


Shoe Dog by Megan McDonald

Dog, fresh from the animal shelter, immediately chews a pair of Her shoes.  He gets a scolding, not the love-filled nose kisses and tummy rubs that he desires.  When Her (the owner) brings home a new box – filled with shoes, of course – Shoe Dog can’t help himself.  What is it going to take for Shoe Dog to control his urge to chew?  A charming story with an unexpected ending (Shoe Cat!?), this one had the pre-k students in rapt attention.  Cutie-pie illustrations make me wish for a Shoe Dog stuffed animal.  Share with ages 3-7.


Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman

Cub, tempted by a delightful smell, wanders into a tea party.  He’s about to gorge on the treats when a young girl appears.  Cub looks a bit the girl’s old stuffed bear, but he’s scruffy, messy, and not fancy – three important Tea Party Rules.   How much beautifying can Cub take before he gets some treats?  Taking on a common childhood activity, Tea Party Rules breaks all the traditional rules in the best ways possible.  Enjoyable for girls and boys alike.  Share with ages 2-6.


The Princess and the Pea retold by Dick Gackenbach

A young prince wants to find a princess to marry, but none are quite right.  When one appears on his doorstep, rain-soaked and needing shelter, the queen insists she stay the night for an unexpected princess test.  A classic folktale retold in simple, kid-friendly language with eye-catching illustrations.  Share with ages 3-8.

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