Reading Essentials: a four year old’s list of favourite books.

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Avir Raisinghani is all of 4 years and 10 whole months, and he has a list for us. The reporter did an awesome job at quickly jotting down whatever little Avir had to say about each of these gems. 

THE MINPINS (ROALD DAHL):

I like the Minpins suction boots and their different houses because I have not seen so many small houses in a tree before. The baby Minpins were flying on robins but I don’t like the big bad monster. I like Billy and the swan because they defeated the monster that was bigger than them.

THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT (BEATRIX POTTER):

This book is about Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton Tail, Peter and their Mama. Their Mama tells them not to go near Mr. McGregor or they will become a pie, but Peter is naughty and goes in. It was nice that Peter ran back home and Mr. McGregor got back to work but I don’t think Peter will get back his coat and shoe now.

PAPA PLEASE GET THE MOON FOR ME (ERIC CARLE):

One day Monica wanted the moon and Alexander (I feel her Daddy’s name should be Alexander) said he will bring it for her. I like the ladder and the big peach moon. It made me sad that the moon disappeared but I was happy when she looked up and saw it after some days.

AMMA TELL ME ABOUT RAMAYANA (BHAKTI MATHUR):

First I thought Ravan was stronger than Ram and Laxman because he has ten heads. But Ram, Laxman and Hanuman become stronger. Hanuman can change his size – sometimes he is the same size as Ram and sometime he can give piggy back ride to Ram, Laxman and Sita.

AMMA TELL ME ABOUT KRISHNA (BHAKTI MATHUR):

Kansa is very bad and puts Krishna’s parents in jail but Krishna defeats him. I like the boys breaking the pots to celebrate. Krishna’s mother has a very nice dress and Krishna has eyes like petals.

GIRAFFES CAN’T DANCE (GILES ANDREAE, GUY PARKER-REES):

All the other animals of the jungle of Africa say “hey giraffes can’t dance” and they hurt Gerald’s feelings. When they laughed at him, his heart broke, but the cricket plays a special song on the violin and he can suddenly dance. Gerald says if you really want to do something, you can suddenly do it. Now all the animals in Africa can dance.

MEERKAT MAIL (EMILY GRAVETT):

It has many different letters that Sunny writes to his family and one is eaten up by termites. He also goes to the desert and Madagascar – I want to go there also. Then he realizes he wants to be with his family so he comes home. One of my postcards has come out and I need to stick it back.

THE WIZARD OF OZ (USBORNE):

Dorothy, Toto, Tin Man, Lion and Scarecrow are friends. Dorothy has magical shoes and I like them. She’s very clever because she poured water on the bad witch and made her a puddle. They all get presents and she comes back home. Toto is very cute.

A FISH OUT OF WATER (HELEN PALMER):

Otto grew very big because the by gave him too much food but Mr. Carp made him small again. That’s a good thing because now the boy won’t be in trouble and he can keep Otto.

THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE (JULIA DONALDSON AND AXEL SCHEFFLER):

The snail helps the whale which is nice because we must always help our friends. Even if the whale doesn’t want to be friends with human beings, the humans still helped him get back in the water. I like this book because it sounds like poetry.

 A little bookworm who likes the sound of poetry has to be given a standing ovation! You keep reading, Avir and next year you have to send us another list of great books! Thank you Rachita, for being a diligent reporter! 

 

 

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