Ok, we are well into April now, but we have been away for a couple of weeks, so this post includes some of H’s holiday reading. We took Harry Potter with us to the States as holiday reading. H has already read the books many times now, but he’s happy to read and reread so that made them the ideal thing to take along.
We often end up buying a toy on holiday, but because we were on holiday in an English-speaking country, the possibility of buying a book was a much more realistic option than it usually is. During our trip to the Kennedy Space Centre I took the opportunity to feed H’s space enthusiasm by picking out a book for him. Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space was the most interesting pick of the large selection available in the shop at the centre. I did think it somewhat ironic that the book is written by someone who studied in our home town (Birmingham, England) and that we bought the book in the US. We like the fun, retro illustrations and the book is full of information, which is presented in an easy to read, comic style way. There’s lots of information packed into this book and the only thing that lets if down for me is the lack of an index. H was keen to take a look at another book in the same series, Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure, the other day when we went into a book shop to spend his birthday voucher.
As we were staying with a family with a child of similar age, we had access to another child’s books as well. H read some of this I Survived series. This one I Survived the Destruction of Pompei, Ad 79, was the one he picked out to read first. H enjoyed this as it’s the story of a child caught up in a natural disaster, so there is plenty of action, but as the title suggests the child does find a way to survive so they are fairly upbeat too. There are a number of books within the series, but a lot of them have an American bias like the ones about the Great Chicago Fire and the Battle of Gettysburg. However, there are plenty that have a more international flavour like the book featuring the Titanic and another about the Japanese Tsunami.