Thursday, August 02, 2012

Summer Reading - Done

School starts two weeks from now. Let me just say: "YIKES, that was fast!"

Last week James finished up his Summer Reading list. Seems like just the other day we were filling out that form to get him started! Below are the last two books we read together, and his list from the summer:

"Soon, Baboon, Soon," by David Horowitz:
Interesting cover; I think James liked his nose and the hi-hat.

End papers; I kind of wish they had kids' curtains in this pattern.

Love all that energy ... and then there's Mr. Sad Baboon ...
The artwork was engaging, with it's bright colours and fun with onomatopoeic text. James did love reading those words and identifying the instruments. The end left him smiling too. Not a lot of challenge, but it engaged him, and was still good practice reading.

"Thump, Quack, Moo - A whacky adventure," by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin:
James zoomed in on the hammer; ever since he won that raffle, he's become interested in tools

This page made me a little nervous - James loves to cut things with scissors and almost no common sense.
Still, reading is reading, right?

Love this picture. It feels familiar -- James as the mischievous duck and Farmer Mom, mapping out plans that gang quack a-gley. Seriously, I am heck-bent on plotting for his success for James to live an independent life, and I need to remind myself that he has his own list of wants and ideas that should be consulted.
James lost interest in this book here and there. He did love all the animals using tools and liked to join in the chorus of "thump, quack, moo!" There is a nice little surprise fold-out page at the end. Fun for me but I had to try and explain it to James. National icons are a bit too abstract for his interest at this stage, shall we say. He did like the fold-out page.

So thanks, library -- we enjoyed your summer reading program yet again! James got to pick out a book of his very own as a prize for completing his reading. It was an easy reader chapter book and had a soccer ball on the cover. He grabbed it and I haven't seen it since he started rifling the pages in the car. If I find it, I'll try and post it later.

Here is his list -- including his own writing:
Love drawings like these!

Dreaming Big, all summer long!

Here's the list:
  1. Lola Reads to Leo
  2. The Duck Who Played Kazoo
  3. Spot Can Count
  4. We Were Tired of Living In A House
  5. Cubes, Cones, Cylinders, and Spheres
  6. Soon, Baboon, Soon
  7. Thump, Quack, Moo

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