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Books to Grow On

Flicka, Ricka, Dicka & Snipp, Snapp, Snurr


I love the fun sound of their names! “Oldies but goodies” a librarian told us so we went searching for the triplets and borrowed all the Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and Snipp, Snapp, Snurr books we could find.


Snipp, Snapp, Snurr series is about three charming Swedish boys (triplets… so fun!) who find themselves in gentle and wonderful adventures. You get quaint illustrations in these books – there’s something sweet and nostalgic about them. Every flip of the book opens up to an attractive spread of delightfully coloured picture (with captions at the bottom!) on one page and large easy-to-read font text on another. The stories are short and engaging… entirely suitable for readers who are just about to transition to short chapter books.

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‘Transition’ Readers

We’ve been doing leveled readers for a while now and the next step would be to tackle easy chapter books. But I get really confused when I see recommendations for ‘early chapter readers’, ‘beginner chapter books’, ‘first chapter books’ etc. Popular titles under these categories are books such as Mercy Watson or The Magic Tree House series. Honestly, I feel the jump from readers to these early chapter books is a big one. I felt we needed a slower transition. So I began looking for what I’d call ‘transition books’.

Some kids are ready to move on from picture books and can plunge right into Nate The Great or Ivy and Bean. Some need a bit more time and confidence boost. How do you tell? I look at my child’s general reaction when I hand him a chapter book.

So here are the in-betweens we went for. In general, mini-chapter books (you know, the ones with short 4 or 5 chapters) that are fun and just about the right length so they don’t find it dreary.

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Perfect Square

(Oops, we lost the book jacket)
Title: Perfect Square
Author: Michael Hall
Publisher : Green Willow Books
Age : 3 up

It’s been a while since we’ve had so much fun with a book. Perfect Square by Michael Hall is one of those books that provides an excellent opportunity for the reader to experience the story come alive by embarking on your very own art adventure.

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Make Way for Robert McCloskey II

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Our post on McCloskey continues as we read his books again at home. Blueberries for Sal is another favourite of Sprinter’s from our McCloskey collection. It won a Caldecott award and this made Robert McCloskey the first ever two-time Caldecott Medal winner.

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Make Way for Robert McCloskey I

I love many of the books Robert McCloskey wrote/illustrated so it’s really exciting that we get to read his books again for our “Storytime with Author” time. There’s something special about his books… his illustrations are stunning and as true-to-life as they can be. The stories behind his stories are even more interesting too! I’ll share more below.

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Robert McCloskey’s books are a classic. For a man whose initial plans were only to make a living as an artist, McCloskey certainly surprised himself when he decided to try his hand at writing children’s book because his art career was a ‘bust’. His books today are some of the best loved children’s classics. His most enduring book is perhaps the famous Make Way For Ducklings, a Caldecott winner – an absolute favourite of mine. So here’s more on why our family love McCloskey and our thoughts on this book (in this post) and a few others we love (next post.)

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Love for God’s Word

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“There is no education more important than God’s education.”

I remember being surprised at myself as these words poured out of my mouth. I was responding to a friend as she talked about various class choices she had to make for her child. Those words may have been my advice to her but I knew He put those words in my heart. Those words were meant for me.

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Look back… Kevin Henkes

I promised an update on how our “storytime with author” went. 🙂 We enjoyed revisiting Kevin Henkes’ books. Sprinter seems to look forward to it everytime. He now knows the name by heart. He doesn’t know much about the author (and takes no interest haha) but he knows which books he wrote. 🙂

It seemed a pity to read, have fun and then let it go just like that if you know what I mean. So I googled and found some great ideas. We decided to borrow the ‘comparison chart’ idea and further our author time with Kevin Henkes.

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Greek Myths for Sprinter

My kids are currently fascinated by Greek mythology. Both Sprinter and Sunshine… and they have their own favourites. Sprinter is into A Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology by Heather Alexander, and Sophie is into a brilliant series of books for toddlers authored by Joan Holub (more in my next post).

A lovely hardcover book that caught my eye at a bookshop... I was just drawn to it too and knew my son would be too!
A lovely hardcover book that caught my eye at a bookshop… I was just drawn to it too and knew my son would be too!

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Let’s Revisit… Kevin Henkes

We are blessed with so many books we love in our house… and our collection keeps growing! And yet it’s difficult to decide what we want to read sometimes. What a shame too when we fail to revisit good books time to time because we’re drawn to new books. (Yes, I do realize I need to hold back my shopping spree appetite… I have tried… still trying… tsk tsk… my hubby is just glad they’re not bags haha)

An idea. We’ll host a ‘Storytime with xyz author” in our house! There are so many great authors we simple adore yet have forgotten about them for a while… so perhaps this project will enable us to appreciate them again (and mummy to revisit some of my favourites too!) I won’t be surprised if some of these books sound ‘new’ to Sprinter because it’s been more than two years since we’ve read some of them!

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