Thursday, September 10, 2009

Books of the Week {#2}

My favorite this week:
Clifford the Big Red Dog: Clifford's Manners
Clifford’s Manners by Norman Birdwell.  I usually do not like character books, but this is a huge exception.  M loves all things Clifford lately and this book about manners is exactly right for the “learning to be polite” stage we are in.  Clifford is helpful, polite, kind, and thoughtful in this book.  The only problem, and I’m not even sure M picked up on it, is that it states “Clifford has great manners, and that’s why everyone loves Clifford!”  Obviously, I love M even when his manners are lacking, so I’m not crazy about that phrase.  However, it’s easy to edit as you are reading it, and it is overall a great and very helpful book!
M’s favorite this week:
Tool Book
Tool Book by Gail Gibbons.  There’s not really a story here, but it is full to overflowing with tools, tools, tools.  Every tool a little boy could possibly want to know about.  And I have a little boy that wants to know about every single one.  From files, to planers, to hand drills, to hammers… it has a lot of tools!  It’s illustrated so well, and does a great job satisfying the hunger for knowledge that kids (not to be gender-specific, but especially boys!) have about this kind of thing.  A great, great book.  M wants to read this one several times a day, and that makes it a winner!
For more Books of the Week, check out Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns!
Have a beautiful day! :)


  1. I think almost every kid goes through a Clifford phase. We bought so many books from Half Price that it was insane. I personally thought I wouldn't buy it for more than a dollar there.

  2. My post with linky is up now :) We had a Clifford overload about 6 months ago, and I stopped taking those books from the library for now. We didn't read this book, but we read another good book on manners - DW Guide to Good Manners from Arthur's series. What I liked about that one is the morale - good manners make people treat you as a big kid.
    We like Gail Gibbons books too. Anna couldn't get enough of "It's an Emergency!" a few months back. I didn't like that one because the text was kind of boring, but Anna asked me to expand on the story on each page.

  3. This tool book looks like something Joe would enjoy. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. I just requested that tool book from our library - it looks like something my son would enjoy!

  5. Clifford! I havent seen these books in so long. Great recs.

  6. I haven't seen that Clifford book, Selena only has one Clifford book, but that one sounds like a good one, I will have to see if I can find it. Thank you for sharing.


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