The Family Storybook Treasury (Includes Curious George, Martha Speaks And More)

REVIEWS, REVIEWS & CONTESTS | | November 14, 2011 at 9:04 am

Since both my girls are avid readers we find our shelves populated mainly with chapter books for the 6 year old. As for the 4 year old she is finally ready to ditch those (ghastly) princess books and, inspired by her sister, read early readers. Of course she is impatient with herself and wants to go straight to chapter book. Being the mama of (educational) indulgence I allowed her and she managed to read 3 pages of the chapter book last night. Seeing as my girls were early readers we probably have always taken the lazy route with reading to them, since they normally read themselves.

Having said that I do miss reading together at bedtime. I loved this treasury, The Family Storybook Treasury,  since it includes a wide variety of stories, poems and some amazing illustrations. Which means you can decide if it is going to be a long night you can read Martha Speaks or if you want to wrap up bedtime a little sooner but still keep to the ritual of reading before bedtime then the small poem Tree Horse might satisfy that need. If of course you would like to baffle them then opt for the Robert’s Four At-Bats words that will keep you turning and turning the book just to read it. On some nights though you have to just swim with the craziness (they were never going to fall for those threats or bribes to just get into bed anyway) and for those special nights opting for the Five Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed might make sense- but no promises that it would tire them out to fall asleep – all a mama can do is try.

My personal, and biased, favorite is Curious George. I think I am such a huge fan of Curious George (on tv and otherwise) because he is the MOST likely like a real kid. Too many kid’s shows have too much in your face pizzazz. The stories are always filled wit heart, adventure and smartness. Ok, I admit it, coming from being an engineer means that I have a passion for anything promoting math and science, there I said it!

Did I mention a companion CD that comes with it? Yes, that is like icing on the cake. There are more stories, the actual book includes the following:

Includes eight complete picture books:

  • Curious George and the Firefighters by Margret and H. A. Rey
  • Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh
  • Lyle Walks the Dogs by Bernard Waber, illustrated by Paulis WaberSheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw, illustrated by Margo Apple
  • Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
  • The Great Doughnut Parade by Rebecca Bond
  •  Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

Might be one to add for the collection, and if it gives you a few sleepy heads, you can thank me later!

Disclosure: I received the above book for review.

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