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What Nino Read, February 2017

175 More Science Experiments To Amuse and Amaze Your Friends
A Lime, a Mime, a Pool of Slime
A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink
Ang Binibining Tumalo sa Mahal Na Hari
Ang Prinsipeng Ayaw Maligo
Charles Dickens: The Man Who Had Great Expectations
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Cross-Sections Castle
Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely
DK Visual Italian-English Bilingual Dictionary
Draw Really Cool Stuff
Hairy, Scary, Ordinary
I and You and Don’t Forget Who
Ibong Adarna
Joan of Arc
Lazily, Crazily, Just a Bit Nasally
Maghapon Ni Bong
Mary Todd Lincoln
Miro’s Magic Animals
Quirky, Jerky, Extra Perky
Revolution News: Power to the People!
Rome and Romans
Samuel F. B. Morse
Slide and Slurp, Scratch and Burp
The Cozy Book
The Dangerous Book for Boys
The Eagle in the Chicken Yard
The Hairy Fruit
The Kingfisher First Encyclopedia
The Last Battle
The Love of Lam-ang
The Magician’s Nephew
The Silver Chair
The Tribes of Redwall Otters
Tintin in Tibet
To Root, to Toot, to Parachute
Unang Unggoy
Under, Over, By the Clover
Who Was King Tut?

Nino’s Favorite Books, August 2012 Edition

Watch Me Hop is geared more for younger kids, I think, although at 3 Nino still enjoys moving it back and forth to see the pictures move. The book features “lenticular technology” which is a really fun phrase to teach toddlers who can’t quite say their Ls and Rs yet. The book also reminds Nino of “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” and he’ll often launch into a recitation of that after we read the book. 😀

Yena doesn’t like this book, as she thinks it gross, which is normal for a 10-year-old girl, I suppose. I don’t like flies either, but for some strange reason, this book really appeals to me. The clever rhymes, the alliterations, the splatter art which I remember to be loads of fun at age 8. What a creative way to teach the alphabet, and for older readers, color in language as well (so many punchy verbs!).

Flicka, Ricka and Dicka books are such a pleasure to read, if only to say “Flicka, Ricka and Dicka” over and over. This one tells about the girls’ entry into farming, market selling, and goal setting. A great way to teach delayed gratification to the youngsters, and to extol the virtues of patience and hard work. Since we have been busy working on the yard to make it more productive in terms of food, this was such a timely book to introduce to my little one. He has certainly enjoyed putting around with me in the garden, digging dirt, planting seeds, playing with the bugs, and seeing and eating the harvest. Great book for the entire growing season!

Turtle Splash is great for both Math and Science with a young one. Combination collage and watercolors, the vibrant images really hold the attention of youngsters. Excellent art tie-up at the back of the book using leaves, and your little one will find great ideas for its use because the author already demonstrates how to use them in the book’s pages. Learn to countdown from 10 to 1 in style!

Turtle in the Sea is another book on sea turtles that we’ve been reading the past few months (honestly, I’m tired of it now but you don’t say no to reading it to a 3-year-old). Jim Arnosky just has a way of presenting natural history to kids without sounding condescending and cutesy. Very nice intro to the life cycle of amphibians. Oh wait, they’re reptiles. Right?

This isn’t really a book I would buy, but you never know what would appeal to your toddler and what won’t. I suppose he liked this because of the tactile features. It’s a bit too silly for me, and I’m not into this type of cartoonish art.

Beautiful book!! Deeply satisfying to read to my little boy. Sparks the imagination, and I find myself oohing and aahing at the majesty of God’s creation as depicted between these pages.

Nino’s Favorites, July Edition

These are some of the books that we’ve been reading and reading since spring. I considered posting others that he liked but weren’t as good and to put my “Not Recommended” notes on them, but thought it might be more productive to post books here that are KEEPERS.

Celebrates the dad-child relationship especially at this age. Dad’s all about fun! And going fast and faster! Great fun for kids, very imaginative. Loved reading this aloud, softly at first and then going into a crescendo.

Heee…. the mishap-prone child. Yena expressed concern that we were reading this to Nino; she was afraid it would put it into his head that he’s nothing but trouble. I say very astute for her age. As for Nino, I have no such concerns because I read the book to him with the spirit that kids make mistakes and get into trouble, yes, but messes can also be fixed. Trying and failing aren’t necessarily bad things.

Nino’s been on a turtle kick, so I’ll be posting several more turtle books. It all started with The Voyage of Turtle Rex and snowballed from there.

This one is more about origami than about pirates, but what a clever way to tell a story *and* remember how to make an origami boat and then shirt. Adorable.

A simplified retelling of the original. I’m not too enamored of this type of art, where the outlines and colors are bold and vibrant (I prefer soft and muted) — but Nino loves this book. In fact he loves it so much he took the scissors and cut several pages into little bits — so I had to get a replacement for the library. Sigh.

Sigh. Yes, this is one of those books that just makes you say that. Lovely, lovely illustrations and simple words, lots of details here and there in the pages that invite one to look, observe, enjoy. This is definitely one of those books we’ll be reading and rereading in spring.

This is one perfect book for my little boy. It’s sooo boy and so typical and fuels his natural interest for dragons and knights and swords and castles. Nino just gets lost in this book. The book is designed to fill the mind with imaginings, good ones. And then the ending, the parents, the child, the trust, the love…. what else could you ask for in a book?

Lent, In Which I Read Science Fiction

This is my Lenten penance for the year. I just finished reading Icarus Hunt by Timothy Zahn. An exciting read, at least it gets exciting about halfway through. I had to drag myself through the first few chapters because I am so not a science fiction fan. Our kids are definitely a mesh of their dad and me — he loves science fiction shows/movies, but books? Not so much (that’s why he gets Catholic audiobooks for Christmas and his birthday 🙂 ). I love books, period, but not the science fiction kind. Our kids are fans of both. And they have this nasty habit of devouring books way too quickly for Mom to ever catch up. We were bound to hit a snag somewhere and we did, as they outgrew the books and booklists that I painstakingly handpicked for them… yes, I’m still whining about it. Oh, they’ll read a Chesterton here and there, and Tolkien, and saint and knight books will always hold their attention, but I’m afraid they’ve developed their own tastes and have gone way beyond “true, good and beautiful”. And I thought somewhere along the line they’d rub off on me and I would develop a liking for this particular genre, but I’m afraid it just isn’t in my jeans genes. Me being the conscientious Mom that I am (LOL), I finally asked beggedbribed commanded threatened offered the option that I would pre-read the books, but you know how that goes. They give me their list, I put it off, put it off, and put it off again. Months later they try to sneak the books into the house from the library and I throw a fit and back they go to the library, or they get GROUNDED from the library, or I demand that they leave the books on my bedside table, where they gather dust and cobwebs…. and then the $20 overdue bill comes from the library. And then the cycle begins all over again.

But! NOT THIS LENT. This Lent, as part of my penitence, I am once more becoming THE INVOLVED MOM, and getting into the things that my children are into. I have 4 science fiction books on my bedside table, besides my Liturgy of the Hours and The Weight of Glory (hah! I’ll read any CS Lewis you hand me but PLEASE don’t make me read Perelandra again!!!) and my very Filipino Pasyon. AND I just requested 3 more science fiction books from the library. All for my boys.

It certainly is a Lent that’s looking very different from previous Lents. Last year, I didn’t get off Facebook because that’s where I primarily communicate with our pro-life group. But I desperately needed the break this year. Not from them, not from the pro-life stuff (although everybody needs a little time away from all that, every now and then at least). I needed a break because I needed to reconnect with my boys, on a different level, this year. At 15 and 13, they’re not getting any younger (no, neither am I), and too often my mom’s words echo in my ears — “Those teen years, they go…. just like that! In the blink of an eye, they become men.” While I fully trust their dad to shepherd them from this icky tricky stage all the way to manhood, I cannot stand by and be the half-hearted mom that I am, at least some days. I’m so not a scout mom, and I’m so not a science fiction mom, and I’m so not a video game mom. And this Lent I’d like to just be a bit more of all of those things. All for my boys.

Lent looks different from home to home and from person to person. It’s hard sometimes to make people understand this, that we don’t all have the same spiritual needs. But we do. My 20-year-old this week was talking about the spiritual works of mercy and how her work this week was “counsel the ignorant”. I don’t have her circumstances. So while I can help her with facts and figures to strengthen her arguments and add a bit to her confidence, I can’t fight this fight for her — not that she needs me to anyway. And I can’t fight the demons my 15-year-old is fighting as he makes his Consecration this Lenten season. It hit me like a bolt of lightning the other day as I was mulling over his attitude the past couple of days and WHY, OH WHY it’s the first few days of Lent and we’re already on our 3rd argument… ARGH. But OF COURSE! It’s Lent. And we both have Lenten resolutions that while not being too lofty are quite formidable, because we do take Lent seriously, especially this year when we have SO MUCH that we are praying for (hint: do the letters HHS mean anything to you?). And the 13-yo — this is his confirmation year, and so I see him struggling over choices and challenges and I see him trying so hard to beat down some of those childish attitudes and habits that had unfortunately taken hold of him in the past, and I want to be there, more than I’ve ever been. All for my boys. (I haven’t forgotten my girls either, but then Mom and girls have a way of reconnecting over something as simple as a hand-hold or a pat. :))

And so I sign off, a little more encouraged, especially tonight when I just met a lovely mom and daughter who was part of one of the local Catholic homeschooling groups! The daughter wears — blessing of blessings — sacrifice beads on her wrist. You just don’t know how that makes me feel, as a mom…. knowing that my child has someone she can hang around who UNDERSTANDS and KNOWS how important this season is to her. My boys are fortunate too in this respect. They have young men their age, and those young men’s fathers, and of course my own dear hubby who’s the best dad ever. God is good to us, and I know this season is going to be truly fruitful. In more ways than one, it already is.