Ten for Me is our top favorite of the new books with multiple requested re-reads right from the get-go! (I know it's a winner when Bookworm1 asks to "read it again!!!" immediately after the first read through! This books combines math and science in a cute and friendly way. It explores the multiple ways that you can count to ten while telling the story of two kids who are out catching butterflies and keeping score on how many each are catching. Learn about butterflies and their habits as well as how to get to ten by adding in this book which was written by Barbara Mariconda and illustrated by Sherry Rogers.
Prairie Storms walks you through the months of the year on the prairie. From the snow falling in January to the hot months of August and lightning storms, the young readers get a feel for how prairie life changes as the calendar months go by. The back of the book contains six pages of learning activities, including true/false questions, further information on weather and habitats.
* It should be noted that all of these Sylvan Dell titles have activities and further information about their individual subject matter in the back of the books.
Animalogy was the least understood by my son (age 4 1/2) but this book contained my favorite illustrations out of the batch.
"Deer is to run as mouse is to scurry." just didn't do it for Bookworm1 I'm afraid. It went right over his head at this point in time. However, like I said, the illustrations by Cathy Morrison made this book his and my favorite simply to look at. The hippo on the front cover had his IMMEDIATE attention when I opened the package of books. Apparently Morrison began her career in art in animation which explains why all of her paintings make the animals look like they are in motion. Beautiful work!
Hey Diddle Diddle: A Food Chain Tale is rather self explanatory. Through rhyme we find out which animals eat which animals. I really wasn't sure what my son would think of this one. He likes animals after all. But I read it to him without any emotions attached. Apparently I should only concern myself with my own emotions. He requested multiple re-reads of this title, animals gulping each other and all! No worries.
Lastly, Multiply on the Fly combines math and science in much the same way the first title did. However, this one involves multiplication and insects.
"Eight daring dragonflies soar into the sky.
Each is flapping four strong wings.
How many wings go by?"
My son seems to have the ability to think in numbers. Even though he's only 4 1/2 he picked up on the concept of this book very quickly and with some careful thinking was able to answer some of the multiplication problems on his own. I think this is definitely a book we can still grow into. It's a fun way to learn. Mommy and Daddy liked this one very much.
All of these books are somethin' else and I would have a hard time choosing which title to suggest to you. Therefore I figured I'd present them all and let you pick your favorite!
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER (as selected by random.org) is #9 - Stephanie's Mommy Brain. Congrats!
Thank you, Sylvan Dell, for sending copies of the above books my way and for allowing me to host a giveaway! Appreciate your generosity!