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Month in review

Reviews:
Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Langdon
Baby Angels by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan
Behaving Like Adults by Anna Maxted
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
Damia by Anne McCaffrey
Dinosaur Roar! by Paul & Henrietta Stickland
Dinosaurs' Halloween by Liza Donnelly
The Dragon in Lyonesse by Gordon R. Dickson
Ducks in Muck by Lori Haskins
The Earth by Émile Zola
Game of Shadows by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams
Gems and Minerals by Susan Harris
Geology by Frank Rhodes
Get Off the Unicorn by Anne McCaffrey
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender
The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
Kings of Albion by Julian Rathbone
The Langoliers by Stephen King
The Library Policeman by Stephen King
Lost and Found by Eliabeth Hess
Lying Awake by Mark Salzman
A Man in a Kilt by Sandy Blair
Morgan's Passing by Anne Tyler
The Player by Michael Tolkin
Secret Window, Secret Garden by Stephen King
Sunday's Child by Edward O. Phillips
A Toad for Tuesday by Russell E. Erickson
Trucks by Byron Barton
(Un)Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

Miscellaneous
225 Books
Browsing without Buying
Eating dinner
Ferdinand
Garden Round Up
Gardening
Getting ready for Kindergarten
Grocery Shopping
Harriet Milestones
Ian's Birthday
A Little Bit of Heaven
More Milestones
Only Three Books
Phone Calls from Far Away Places
Pi Day
Plum Flowers
School Stuff
Soon to be a one car family
Spring Cleaning Round 1
Spring Cleaning Round 2
Storage
Talking to Magnum
Thoughts on Sean
Well Baby
Zero and a Half

Vacation
Buena Vista State Beach
Arch Rock
Big Tree
Second Night in Eureka
Humboldt
Avenue of the Giants

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8


Comments for Brown Bear

Brown Bear...Brown Bear...: 03/07/07

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? breaks with a rule I've had about posting reviews of re-read books. Brown Bear was Sean's favorite book two years ago when he was at his last day care (before starting preschool in April 2006). It was one of those books he had memorized and Ian and I were able to purchase a copy based on his recitation of it (his memory is that good).

After our trip to Eureka and points north I found Sean's copy of Brown Bear while unpacking. I set it aside for him to read in the bath and took the time to reread it myself (out of mommy nostalgia).

Brown Bear is one of those list type stories where one item (or animal) leads to another. The list is told through the pattern: "(x) color (y) animal, (x) color (y) animal, what do you see? I see a (m) color (n) animal looking at me." The newly introduced animal is then asked the "what do you see" question to introduce another new animal and so on until the conclusion which first surprises by a break with the pattern and the tests by asking the reader to recite along with the narrator the entire list.

To go with this ear worm of a list, each page is colorfully illustrated with Eric Carle's painted tissue paper animals. I remember having trouble following along with Sean's recitation until I read the book and could remember Carle's animal creations.

Books by Eric Carle reviewed here: (Click on a title to read reviews).

Read the review at The Well Read Child.

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