Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Book Review: The Big Blue Book of Beginner Books

Children's Classics

My kids received TEN new books at Christmas this year. Picture books. Non-fiction books. And drawing books.

I can't wait to share them all with you! But I'll restrain myself and not review all ten of them in this one post. I'll spread them out a little.

(However, if you can't wait, click on the GoodReads link in the sidebar and search for my children's shelf.)

The one book we bought ourselves was The Big Blue Book of Beginner Books.

This book includes: Go Dogs Go!, It's Not Easy Being a Bunny, Are You My Mother?, Put Me in the Zoo, The Best Nest, and A Fly Went By.

Usually I don't like compilation books but this was about $5 more than we would have paid for ONE of those titles by itself. I LOVE me a bargain!

All of my kids are enjoying these stories. Ellie walks around with the book and calls it her "Bible." (We think God understands the mind of a 2 year old and won't strike her for her blasphemy.) She and Will (5 years) both like to sit and "read" the book.

Actually, William could read the book if he put some effort into it. It's a beginning reader book and he definitely qualifies for that. Ellie's version of reading the book is to say the parts she remembers us reading. It won't be long and she'll have the while thing memorized.

I have enjoyed reading some of the lesser known Dr. Seuss stories. There is the typical Seussian rhyme, silly antics by the characters and bright illustrations. Two of the stories (It's Not Easy Being a Bunny, The Best Nest) even have morals (be yourself and be content).

If you are looking for a beginning reader or a rhyming book other than Cat in the Hat, I highly recommend this book.

If you enjoy Dr. Seuss here are a few links you might be interested in:
*Seussville for games, catalog and events;
*Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden outside the Springfield Museums (Massachusetts)which also includes an exhibit on Dr. Seuss.

Finally, on March 2, 2009, (Seuss's birthday) the National Education Association's Read Across America program is calling for every child to be reading in the company of a caring adult.

(Let me be clear that I am NOT an advocate for or fan of the NEA!)


Kat said...

That is really awesome. I never knew Seuss to do a compilation, but this looks like a really good one.

Carrie said...

I know what you mean about spacing out the books. =D But this one you posted about today looks and sounds fantastic! I love book bargains also! =D

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

We've bought several compilations for the girls that way because it's just a way better deal - and they LOVE having a "big people" book to read. Most of those I've not read - although I do have Are You My Mother just about memorized. It's a favorite with my little two right now!

Amy said...

Sounds good! Glad the kids are enjoying it! It's cute that Ellie calls it her "Bible"! I, too think God understands a 2 year old heart! :)

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

That looks like a great book, and I agree about the compilations. In fact, there's something about them that Kyle enjoys -- keeping them bookmarked by his bed and reading one story a night.

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