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Monday, August 08, 2011

Entertaining/Thought-provoking books (for a 6-yr-old)

"Bubble Bath Pirates" takes readers through pirate language and our kids ended up making a readers theater sketch out of it.  I was appreciative of Jarrett J. Krosoczka's ending in that it kind of took my by surprise as it changed up from speaking like pirates to acting like pirates.  Nothing serious, just a small invasion on Mom's dessert.

"One Pizza, One Penny" by K.T. Hao also surprised me in the story line.  The two entrepreneurs were both thinking their products were superior once they went into business, but when they exchanged goods they soon found a following.  It reminded me of Junior Achievement days in teaching business principles in kid-friendly terms.

My favorite Easy Reading Pick is "Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist."  The author Ruth Spiro took an imaginative look at a new art form (blowing bubble gum).  The premise is far fetched, but with the added highlighted works from artists in the past, it makes for an interesting take as different pieces are intertwined with the characters and illustrations.  I don't think I've read a book that captured chewing bubble gum so accurately...
"Suddenly, a powerful breath rose inside Lester. His belly bulged. His tongue trembled. His limber lips labored and his face turned fuchsia."  Now that's a word picture!

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