Anna Hibiscus' Song

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A few days ago, we read the book ‘Anna Hibiscus’ Song’. This is a story about a girl Anna Hibiscus who lives in amazing Africa. In the story, she is feeling very happy to the extent that she is exploding with happiness but she does not know what to do about it. So she goes and asks each of the family members what do they do when they are happy. She tries out doing all the things what others in her family do. Continue reading

Pop Up Books

Last year, I got to know about wonderful pop up books from one of the blogs. Immediately, they caught my fancy and I ended up ordering them from Amazon. Though no new editions of these books are published these days  but used books are available on Amazon UK. The titles are also available on Amazon India.

These are unique and fantastic books of pop-up photographs published by Priddy Books and contain fascinating facts about Dinosaurs, Machines, Ocean, Farm and Jungle. Continue reading

Green Eggs and Ham

Every week we are adding new titles to our reading list and creating favourites. Our current favourite is Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. It is a part of Beginner books to help young ones start reading by themselves.

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An year ago, we got a set of 5 Dr Seuss books namely Hop on Pop, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Fox in Socks and Green Eggs and Ham. We started by reading the simplest of these Hop on Pop followed by The Cat in the Hat. While Hop on Pop worked at the age of 3, The Cat in the Hat has still not aroused much liking for being too long.  Continue reading

Learning with Mickey and friends

While the last post in the ‘Love for Books’ section was about a classic, this post is about a regular book, prescribed by the school for the parents to read to their children, aimed at specific learning.

Last week, Dhruv got a set of 5 books from his school. Out of these, he picked out one for our reading time. While this book is no classic but its characters are. It is about Mickey and his friends who are all little babies. The book has 2 stories. Continue reading

The Very Hungry Catterpillar

It has been close to 5 months since I posted in the space of ‘Love for Books’. From this week, encouraged by the Write Tribe pro blogger challenge for posting twice a week, I resume blogging about the children books Dhruv and I read together.

The current favourite is ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. We have been reading this book night and day ever since this book arrived 1 month back. Oh…I did not realise we have been reading this book for so long.

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Our copy

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Everyone Loves Reading – Just find the right book

Random thoughts

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Stumbling over books is less painful than Lego, though much more blasphemous. That is usually what my life gets reduced to on library clean­‐up days, during vacations. In the morning, the two boys would report to duty, and be given a minute long lecture on their responsibilities, and how I, the overworked mother, slogs to keep the place clean. Two nodding heads scurry across the house collecting stray books that magically find their way under the sofa, on the dining table, and in all sorts of drawers hiding between toys, socks and worse. I sigh, watching them run about, as I quietly slip out to do my round of grocery shopping, haggling with the vendor or, sometimes, a cup of solitary coffee just for sanity’s sake.

Every time I step back in, fantasising about neat bookshelf with books lined up in some comprehensible fashion, I trip and fall. In front…

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Trains, Trains, Trains!!!

I have been reasoning with myself for the last 3 days as to what makes an avid reader in a person. If you’re an avid reader, it means you read as much as you can, whenever you can. Does that mean an avid reader would read up everything of whatever genres he comes across or would he be sticking to a particular interest area only.

I have also been pondering over the thought whether Dhruv has begun to fall into the category of an avid reader thanks to his interest in trains. Is this the reason why he does not want to limit himself to the beautifully illustrated story books only and would find his calling even in reading an activity book about Virgin Trains which we had received as a part of a kit in the train while travelling to London meant for keeping the little ones busy drawing, colouring and playing games over the duration of the travel. Continue reading