Daily Archives: May 7, 2012
As many of you already know, I read chapter books to my daughter every night. It’s just part of our routine. It’s a time both she and I equally enjoy, a time we both look forward to all day.
Well… We’d heard a lot of good things about the Magic Tree House series. And then at a big consignment sale a couple of weekends ago I was able to pick up five of the books (used) for only $1.50 (and not each, that was for the bundle), so we nabbed them. Tonight? Tonight we read one from cover to cover. Yep. The whole book. At least the two we read before it had lasted a couple nights (3/4s of a book in the first night, 1/4 of it the second when we also got through 1/2 of another, finishing it the next night). So in 4 nights, we’ve finished three books. I have to say… I’m really glad we got them used for what we did. LOL
I think this really was an instance of waiting too long to check out a good thing. The books are charming, but I think they’d have been more appropriate when she was on the cusp of turning three. At four and three quarters we’re reading things like the Goddess Girls, Mary Pope Osborne’s take on the Odyssey – Tales From the Odyssey (just a side note, Osborne’s also the author of the Magic Tree House books), Harry Potter, and The Wide Awake Princess. They all make this series seem a little too juvenile. However, I do think they may still be a good fit for when she first begins reading chapter books on her own.
So yeah. An entire chapter book in one evening is a pretty good sign that it’s time to pick up something else. Damon is reserving the second Harry Potter book for us, and hopefully it will be ready for pick up tomorrow or the next day (love our little library, they’ll bring in anything for us that they don’t already have – even if they have to bring it in from elsewhere in the province). And on Thursday our next book order is due in, and we’ll be ordering the next Goddess Girls book, “Medusa the Mean”. So we’ll be set for the next while again. 🙂
Yay for reading!