Saturday, October 24, 2009

Books of the Week – Oct. 24, 2009

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We have found so many good books lately, I honestly don’t know where to begin.  I try to keep these posts short so they’ll actually get read, but this one may be a tad bit longer. :)
My favorites this week:
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In the Woods: Who’s Been Here? and Around the Pond: Who’s Been Here?, both by Lindsay Barrett George, who is also the illustrator.  These are both fabulous books if you have a nature-lover in your home.  They feature a brother and sister who take a walk in the woods and around a pond (which is also quite woodsy), and find different signs of wildlife.  Each page has a beautiful picture, (for example, of a white feather floating) and the question “Who’s been here?”.  The following page shows the answer (a great blue heron).  They are just beautifully done and hold M’s attention very well.  They appeal to us grown ups quite a bit too! :)

M’s favorite this week:image
Bumpa Rumpus and the Rainy Day by Joanne Reay and Adriano Gon.  This is a book for when you are in a silly mood; it’s a lot of fun!  Bumpa Rumpus wakes up on a very, very, extremely, rainy day and listens to all the sounds the rain makes – plup-plup from the gutter, tik-tik from the glass, tom-tom on the roof, and ta-toosh on the grass.  Every page is filled with fun sounds and it has an overall great rhyming rhythm.  It’s pretty fun to read out loud!  I have to admit I’m happy when M picks this one. :)  There is a fun *sorta-surprise* ending too!!

And one more!  This is the one I’m most excited about because I bought it from the sale cart at our library for 50 cents!!!imageWe’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.  I should mention, anything by illustrated by Helen Oxenbury is sure to be a good book.  I haven’t found one yet that we didn’t absolutely love.  This is a classic, and I’m sure many of you have read it.  If you haven’t, read it as soon as you can!  This adorable family goes on a bear hunt through tall, wavy grass, a deep, cold river, some swampy mud, and on and on.  Each part of their trek has a great sound effect that goes along with it - “squelch squerch” through the mud.   And of course, they are not afraid, not one tiny bit… until they actually see a bear. :)  The ending is just terribly exciting if you are a 3 year old boy!  This is on our top ten list and I’m so happy to have found it at such a bargain!
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Have a beautiful day! :)


  1. We're Going on a Bear Hunt, now that book I remember, we use to play a game from this book as well. I forgot all about that until you just reminded me. The other books sound great too. Thank you!

  2. I've put those first two at the top of my list. I definitely want to check them out! Thanks for the recommendations!

  3. I really like We Are Going On a Bear Hunt. Anna didn't seem all that excited about the book, but she quotes from it when faced with puddles or tall grass :) I am definitely going to check out Who's Been There series - thank you for introducing yet another author to me :)

  4. We're Going on A Bearhunt is a big fave at our house, too! We have one book from the Who's Been Here series (actually, didn't realize there were more out there until I saw this post)--we love it-now I know to look for more!

  5. I LOVE "We're Going on a Bear Hunt"! Bumpa Rumpus sounds really fun, I'll see if our library has it!


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