Sunday, April 11, 2010
Use Your Imagination
Jamberry by Bruce Degan
The ultimate in fruit based daydreams as berries run in the rivers and fall from the sky until everything is a Jamberry. For my little fruitatarian this is a book he'd love to live in.
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood
A sweet take on the modern archetype of the American con artist. Our smooth talking narrator manages to convince the mouse that there’s a big hungry bear coming and the best thing he can do to protect his strawberry is to share it with us and eat it. When you’ve finished the book, ask your toddler to find the picture of the bear in the book. Of course, there isn’t one.
If... by Sarah Perry
There are some real leaps of imagination in this book. I especially like "if ugly was beautiful" of course you have to see the illustrations to really kickstart some imaginative thinking.
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
"there's no such thing as a Gruffal...oh". A clever little mouse talks his way out of trouble with the unwitting help of a creature he thought he'd invented. I love this book, it's smart and funny and a real example of how not to be scared of monsters.
Dinosaur versus Bedtime by Bob Shea
The little dinosaur in this book is pretty resourceful, he wins out against a pile of leaves, a bowl of spaghetti and even some talking grownups, but can he win against his greatest foe. Bedtime. The stars around the illustrations when the diosaur wins always make me want to say "ta-dah", so when I'm reading it aloud, that's just what I do.
We'll be singing "I'm a Little Airplane", "There's a Monster in my Closet" and "The Ants Go Marching".