Winter break meant a break from blogging, too. Trying to remember what I read almost a month ago is virtually impossible!
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
When Sylvester finds a smooth, red pebble, he never expects it to grant his every wish. From stopping the rain to making the sun shine, the pebble is amazing. It won’t work, though, if he can’t hold it. So when Sylvester hurriedly wishes to be a rock as a lion approaches, his wish is granted. But how will he turn back into a donkey? An old classic from the master storyteller Steig, Sylvester’s story makes the adage “be careful what you wish for” crystal clear. Share with ages 4+.
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
In her bleak town, Annabelle finds a box of colorful yarn. So she knits a scarf for herself and finds that there is still extra yarn in the box. So she knits for her dog, her neighbor, his dog, her class, and the town. Each time, there is still extra yarn. An archduke, envious of the endless supply of colorful yarn, has it stolen and delivered to his castle. But there is no yarn. Careful readers will be rewarded when inspecting the final images of Annabelle finding the Archduke’s cast-off box of yarn. Is it empty? My 2nd all-time favorite book (after The Snowy Day), Barnett and Klassen have created a winner for all ages.
Little Humans by Brandon Stanton
Photos of children of all ages showcase the amazing skills and qualities of the littlest of humans. From strength to resilience, courage to caring, kids are shown to be capable, creative, and unique. Stellar photography featuring kids of all backgrounds makes this a must-see. Share with ages 2-8. New in 2014!
Read-Aloud Tuesday is when I read aloud in my son’s Montessori classroom (ages 3-6). Young readers are demanding and honest: I strive to share the best of the best with them each week.