I haven’t done a book review in a while… so here are a couple we are reading.
No More Water in the Tub by Tedd Arnold
My mother got us this book. It is an autographed copy. She is a retired teacher, so she has a million autographed books. Kids books, at least.
This is a story of an older brother filling the bathtub for his little brother. He turns the faucet too far, it breaks off, the tub breaks free, then “out the door and down the hall [goes] William in his bathtub.” After causing all sorts of havoc in his neighbors’ apartments, we finally learn… well, I don’t want to ruin the ending for you.
My daughter likes this book because (1) it is long, and thus delays bedtime better, and (2) because she is just starting to get into rhymes. For a while there, it didn’t work (“Cat rhymes with frog!“), but now she is starting to get it (“Pig rhymes with… big!“).
I like it because the illustrations are nice, and, although they are a little corny, the rhymes are helping my daughter with, well, rhyming.
The other reason I like it is that there is a scene where a man is fixing a snack and the stove catches on fire. He yells something like, “Everybody run! The apartment is on fire!”. At this point in the book, my daughter says, “The roof! The roof! The roof is on fire!!”. I have no ideal whatsoever where she could have learned this from. Ahem.
Bambi by Golden Books
This book was given to my daughter by her previous daycare provider.
It is a nice, short story about a deer who would one day become king. The story follows his adventures as he and his friends grow up, fall in love, and have children.
Along the way, this unassuming prince helps rescue his friends from a forest fire which threatens to devestate his whole world.
Exciting, I know.
At the risk of ruining the ending, he saves the forest, becomes king, and he and his childhood friend (who became his sweetheart) have a baby fawn of their own.
Strange thing is, they don’t mention much about the happy Grandmother (Bambi’s mother) at the end. I can only assume she is baking cookies, or some other grandmotherly thing.