Monday, August 15, 2011
5 a Day Books: James Marshall
I'm linking up to Imagination Tree's 5 a Day Book Challenge. This week, Noodlebug and I are reading the books of James Marshall. Marshall was another favorite of mine from childhood. James Marshall did the illustrations for one of my favorite childhood series by Harry Allard---the Miss Nelson books starting with MISS NELSON IS MISSING! I'm saving those for when Noodle is in elementary school. For now, we are enjoying Marshall's GEORGE AND MARTHA series.
I believe there are seven books in the series and our library had five on hand:
GEORGE AND MARTHA
GEORGE AND MARTHA ENCORE
GEORGE AND MARTHA RISE AND SHINE
GEORGE AND MARTHA ONE FINE DAY
GEORGE AND MARTHA ROUND AND ROUND
These are short books about two hippo friends. Adults will enjoy the humor and there are a few teaching points as well. Noodlebug didn't quite understand why Martha would be mad that George was spying on her in the bathtub. (She subsequently picked up the bathtub and threw it on George's head) It did make a good lesson in privacy. We also are very vigilant as a family about putting on sunscreen every day. Noodlebug often fights me on this. In one story, Martha refuses to put on sunscreen and ends up in bed with a very bad sunburn. What a great moment for me to reinforce the importance of sunscreen! So far, we are both enjoying these books very much. We'll have to look for the remaining two when we got back to the library.