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.