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Read Aloud Thursday

Do you or your children like wordless picture books?  I’ll admit that I don’t usually “get” them.  Maybe it’s because I’ve been reading them with an adult (well, mostly) mind instead of a child-like mind.  One of our books this week was a wordless picture book, and it really delighted my girls, especially Lulu (age four-and-a-half).  Naughty Nancy Goes to School by John S. Goodall is the fun and old-fashioned story of a mouse named Nancy who goes very reluctantly to school.  Once she gets there, she gets into all kinds of trouble.  However, on a school field trip, Nancy proves herself to be a brave and resourceful little mouse, and all ends well.  Obviously, the illustrations are very important to this book, and they are really something to see.  “Reading” this book is like being in a country schoolhouse from the early twentieth century.  Half pages change the scenes and move the story along.  Highly recommended!
Have I ever mentioned here at Hope Is the Word that my girls, Louise especially, love to sing?  She used to spend a large portion of each day singing, actually.  As she has gotten older she has stopped singing as much, but she still enjoys music and musical language.  I think that is why she particularly likes When Uncle Took the Fiddle, written by Libba Moore Gray and illustrated by Lloyd Bloom.  This book is chock full of onomatopoeia, so it’s a fun read-aloud.  This story reminds me of the Caldecott-winning Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin in that regard.  If your kids like music and funny sounds, this one is a real winner.
Lulu’s rest-time (a.k.a nap-time) choice for several days this week was Mountain Wedding by Faye Gibbons and illustrated by Ted Rand.  After reading this charming story of two large families that are about to be united against their will by the marriage of their parents, I realized that I actually had the privilege of hearing this author speak at a librarian’s meeting several years ago.  In this story, Faye Gibbons stays true to her very rural roots and writes a story of a large family finally united by the untimely appearance of some honeybees during the wedding and the ensuing hilarious chaos.  The illustrations of all those kids are pure fun, to boot.  Another highly recommended title!

What have you and yours been enjoying for read aloud time this week?  Leave a comment or a link, please!

Happy Read Aloud Thursday!

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  1. I don’t get wordless picture books either. Maybe it’s because we’re past the age of expecting them or something. My son really digs Goodnight Gorilla which has about one word per page. I don’t really get the book and so add the missing text whenever we look through the book. =) Maybe that’s unnecessary but *I* enjoy the book more!

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