Saturday, June 4, 2011

Books of the Week – June 4, 2011

The Little Engine that Could, by Watty Piper:
I remember loving this story as a child, and was a bit disappointed when M picked a version with newer illustrations.  However, after reading this a couple of times the new illustrations grew on me, and M definitely loves them.  He also fell in love with the story, and I hear him occasionally saying “I think I can, I think I can” as he rides his bike. :)

Shark Vs. Train, by Chris Barton:I first learned of this book when reading this excellent post over at Little Sprout Books.  It sounded like one M would like, so we picked it up at a recent trip to the library.  This book has really sparked his imagination, he loves to look through it on his own and think about the outcomes of a variety of situations.   

The Turtle and the Hippopotamus, by Kate Banks:This is a cute rebus story, something M has not had a lot of exposure too.  He enjoyed this, but I think having to remember what he was supposed to say for each symbol as we went along kept him from really enjoying the story.  The story is super-cute, so if you get this one, I’d suggest reading the story in the normal way the first time through, then trying it rebus-style.

Shrinking Mouse, by Pat Hutchins:We adore almost all of Pat Hutchins’ books.  The illustrations appeal to me, and I think to M too.  This book is all about perspective – how objects farther away look small, and nearby objects look large.  This has led to some great conversations and games in our family. :)

Read about more children’s books at these link-ups:

Have a beautiful day! :)


  1. Shark vs. Train and Shrinking Mouse look great! I'm going to see if our library has those.

  2. I hope you find your love again for the Little Engine That Could. My boys love it too. It occured to me the other day (but is probably old news to everyone else) that it loosely follows the story of the Good Samaritan. Anyway, thank you for the great book recommendations, always a blessing to find new books.

  3. I'd love to try out the rebus story, those are always fun. Do you use It's a free ebook site. They have the little engine that could. That could be a fun format for reading it too. My son loves to read that story on the computer!

  4. The Little Engine That Could is one of our favorites here (with new illustrations). Sorry for not being too active with comments lately - work has been brutal. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

  5. Catching up on some neglected links. Thanks for linking up at Feed Me Books Friday! So glad you enjoyed Shark vs Train - thanks for the link-back! I think the Shrinking Mouse and the rebus story look great - off to look them up at the library!


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