If not apparent by the lack of posts, life has gotten crazy busy, and I've been doing a lot more contemplating and writing that is not for public consumption at the moment. That said, the girls and I are still finding time to devote to our favorite activity: Reading! Here are some of our favorite selections from this week:
Choosing Joy by Dan Lord, husband of the lovely Hallie came out on Kindle just yesterday. I have already devoured the first three chapters. So far it is a delicious, thoughtful read with a great dash of humor! Hoping to have a review up in the next couple of days.
One from my latest BookSwim packages: if you can make it past the rather shocking first chapter, Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential actually has some fascinating facts about the restaurant industry (don't eat the fish special on Monday... seriously) and advice on professionally presented cooking at home (my next big kitchen purchase shall be a proper knife).
Li'l E is back on her Alice in Wonderland kick with her 6-year-old's enthusiasm for reading and re-reading her favorites. This past week, this has been her constant companion on car rides. We have several copies, but this is her preferred version. It is the original text by Lewis Carroll, but has color illustrations by Cinzia Ratto. Not your Disneyland Alice art to be sure! I'm not even sure if this edition is still in print. It's not available on Amazon at any rate.
Li'l E came home from school this week with a library pick that did her daddy proud! Physics: Why Matter Matters is a cute little book. I wouldn't recommend it as a sole source on the subject, even for the youngest little scientists, but the "cool" language and fun character illustrations are sure to catch the imagination of most kids!
Li'l E and I have also been reading through An Illustrated Catechism. The text is quite good for a variety of ages and we both enjoy the icon-inspired artwork that graces every page.
We are still loving the Chronicle bilingual books! The translations to Spanish a great and each story has a different, whimsical illustrator. One of our favorites of the week has been Caperucita Roja- Little Red Riding Hood! Our favorite way to read is for the girls to pile into my lap in the big recliner. I read the Spanish, Li'l E reads the English, and Li'l Bear gurgles and smiles. If you are working on Spanish with your kids. I can't recommend this publisher enough!
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't add Li'l Bear's favorite book. In just the past couple of weeks, she has really started to get involved with our nighttime reading. It is so fun to watch her turn the pages of the board books by herself and to see her get excited and slap the pictures as I read each page. By far the book that gets her the most excited has been Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Not surprising. I love reading and re-reading this one to her, and it even draws the 6 year old into the room when she hears that familiar opening question.
I would love to hear what everyone else has been reading. Any "don't miss!" suggestions or new stories your kids just can't put down? Hope everyone has time to sit down with a great book this weekend. Happy reading!
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