Here’s what we’re reading in the little toyhouse this week:
I was surprised to see Margaret Atwood’s name in the children’s section at the library, so this one jumped out at me. My husband read this with G before I did and he said it was hard to read. I thought that was just plain silly (a children’s book hard to read?) until I read it myself – this book is alliteration to the extreme. If you can get past the tongue-twisting rhythm, it is packed with fabulous vocabulary words, the story is sweet and the illustrations are engaging. We might just be adding this one to our permanent collection!
The other day we drove by our town’s skate park and G said “When I grow up I want to be a boy so I can ride a skateboard!” After explaining to her that girls can ride skateboards too, I started wondering where she might have gotten this idea that skateboards were a “boy” thing. The only thing I can come up with is that, in her limited media exposure, she has only seen boys on skateboards. Which means, at age 2, my daughter is already exposed to (and apparently buying into) gender stereotypes. Ugh.
In an effort to teach G that girls can do anything, I turned to A Mighty Girl, one of my favorite sources for book recommendations for G. Players in Pigtails, a book about the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, seemed to be a good start. She loved the story and the illustrations, but her favorite part of the book is singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”, which, incidentally, was written about a girl!
I happened to spot “Sandra Day O’Connor” peeking out from the cover of a lovely blue picture book with a little dog on the cover and thought this might be worth a read, especially since G has a mild interest in the supreme court (thanks to Olivia Forms a Band). I wanted to love it, but I just didn’t. Neither did G – she lost interest about 1/3 of the way through it. The book follows little Sandra as she finds a series of wild animals on her family’s desert ranch and she tries to turn them into pets before, finally, she gets a dog. There wasn’t anything particularly special about the story (other than the fact that it was based on O’Connor’s childhood) or the writing, and I think the story could have been told in about 1/2 the words that were used. I still think O’Connor is a fabulous female role model, just maybe not the best children’s author.