Birth to Five
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The Nowhere Box. George, our long-suffering protagonist, cannot get any serious play time without the destructive intrusion of Sib 1 and Sib 2.
Various attempts to ditch the persistent duo (not even the bathroom is sacrosanct), are foiled. Meanwhile, in the chaotic background, Dad gleefully accepts delivery of a new washing machine. The box becomes our hero's salvation.
He promptly declares he is going "Nowhere" (sans the terror twins), and the adventures begin! Zuppardi's corrugated cardboard collages and child-like drawings capture the boy's exuberance as he savors the freedom of SOLITUDE. Thanks to the various nifty knobs, buttons, and switches scrawled on the cardboard conveyance, he swoops on a rollercoaster, plunges through space, and plows through the waves on a pirate ship. But something's off--WHERE ARE THE VILLAINS???
Zuppardi perfectly captures the plight of the older sibling desperately in need of some alone time. But in the midst of all his fun, George soon realizes that, as is the case with many fulfilled dreams, there can definitely be "too much of a good thing." He quickly presses the "Home" button. Maybe his younger brothers aren't so bad after all...
The Read-Aloud Handbook. Fired up by her enthusiasm I went right out and bought a copy, and to this day it ranks high on my list of recommended "parenting" books. Now in it's seventh edition the million-copy bestseller has been completely revised. As my daughter prepares for the birth of her daughter 30 years later, I am delighted to pass on this new edition for the new addition in our family.
The Read-Aloud Handbook is both a treasury of great read-alouds ranging in ages from birth to 6th grade, and a very well written, research based handbook on the importance of reading aloud. Chapter one begins at the beginning with Why Read Aloud moving on through Do's and Dont's of Read-Aloud, Digital Learning: Good News and Bad, and one just for dad's, Dad: What's the Score? The treasury of books begins with a list of wordless books followed by picture books, short novels, full-length novels, poetry, and more. I like the short descriptions as well as the recommended ages Trelease suggests for each title. Wondering when to start reading novels to your child? Or why he wants the same book read over and over? Or what exactly makes a good read-aloud? You'll find helpful and thoughtful discussions on all these questions and many more.
I think the best thing about the Read-Aloud Handbook is that even if reading aloud to your children is a daily practice this book will reinforce the benefits, rewards, and importance of reading aloud. And if you are not in the habit of reading to your children Trelease will inspire you to begin!
"This book is about more than reading aloud. It's about time that parents, teachers, and children spend together in a loving, sharing way." ---The Washington Post
You can find out more about Jim Trelease on his website www.trelease-on-reading.com.
Eric Carle ends his latest picture book with marriage. Friends not only ends with a wedding, it also has action, adventure, mystery and the numbers 1 through 10.
The scene opens with a sweet depiction of two friends who play, run, dance and share secrets with each other. Sadly, fate intervenes and one of the friends is moved far away. The little boy who is left behind is lonely and so he resolves to find his missing friend, but first he counts to ten.