Saturday, February 27, 2010

Books of the Week – Feb. 27, 2010

We recently went to a church festival and one of the activities was a book fair. We found so many great books, most of them written in the 30’s, 40’s, and 60’s. I felt like I won the jackpot! :) I just love the look of older books!
My Box and String, by Betty Woods was written in 1963. This is such a cute book, written in rhyme, about a boy who makes a *thing* with a box and some string and then doesn’t want anyone else to play with it. Yet, he isn’t sure what to do with it himself. Finally, with the help of a little girl’s wise words, he realizes the fun was in creating his box and string. This is a great little book about the fun a child can have with simple, everyday objects. And it is a great book about using one’s imagination too, since several animals, as well as a boy and girl, come up with all kinds of creative uses for the box and string creation. We all love this book!
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Another great find was Everyday Animals, by Gertrude E. Allen. This book was written in 1961 and is a non-fiction chapter book. It has wonderful black and white illustrations and each chapter talks about a different animal… rabbits, chipmunks, mice, skunks, porcupines, and gray squirrels… animals a child knows and probably has seen. The text is great and the author did a great job of writing about things that small children will truly find interesting. For instance, this part from the rabbit section:
“When Mother Rabbit is expecting babies she finds a spot under some tree roots or bushes or in tall grass. She digs a hole and lines it with grass and bits of fur. She makes a blanket from grass and fur and tucks it over the babies when she leaves the nest.”
Or from the chipmunk chapter:
“Chipmunks look odd when they swim. They hold their tails straight up in the air!”
Ok, obviously I love this book and so does M despite it’s length. We’ve been reading one chapter at a time, and he has really enjoyed learning all the little things about these animals.
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Have a beautiful day! :)


  1. These are great books! It's so much fun to rediscover books from the past.

  2. My Box and String is exactly the kind of book I love to own and treasure. I wonder if you can still get a copy of it.

    I love these type of books because you can integrate the ideas into so many other content areas in the classroom.

  3. Oh, I am so jealous! I love older books too, and finding them at a book fair must have felt like finding a hidden treasure.

  4. My box and string sounds just like my boys and their pipe cleaner creations.....

  5. I remember My Box and String from when I was a kid. I love a lot of the older books myself!

  6. Thanks for joining this week! It sounds like you found some true gems. The first book definitely appears very interesting. Lucky M :)

  7. I love old books too! Sounds like you found some great ones.


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