In honor of the big day, we read three space-related books over lunch. I thought, for all the other Angry-Birders out there, I'd share them:
Skippyjon Jones, Lost in Spice by Judy Schachner.
For good times, you just can't go astray with Skippyjon Jones. We love this one like we love every Skippyjon book. I personally love the little green Skippyjon-look-alike alien. Matthew loves to do the little alien's voice. And voices are half the glory of a read-aloud, especially when kids do the voice. The best. If you are going to buy your own copies of any Skippyjon books, I highly recommend getting the version that comes with the audio CD. Nobody reads (and sings) Skippyjon like Judy Schachner.
Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian.
I just picked this one up at the library this week. Filled with amazing artwork that I would love to frame and hang in the boys' room. Some of the poetry is a bit forced; some of it is great. It contains a lot of information packaged in poetic format. As someone who has always loved to produce poetry as a creative outlet, I love opportunities to expose my kids to poetry on their level. To be honest, the art in this book is so gorgeous that I would love it no matter what words were printed across the page.
The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers.
I don't think Jeffers is capable of producing something that I don't like. The Way Back Home is the tale of the unlikely friendship between a boy and a martian. Funny, sweet and full of imagination. I'm going to have to devote a whole post to my love-affair with Oliver Jeffers later this week, because singing the glories of one of his books just isn't enough.
this ? National Geographic Angry Birds Space: A Furious Flight Into the Final Frontier ? The mass marketing of the Angry Birds empire is astounding sometimes. Happy March 22nd!