Sitting in Michael's Lap
Hello, fellow poets, and well met!
(Erm, a little bleeding-over from Severn's "overturned" post, I'm afraid, but I vow to do no swooning ... ahem)
You may or may not know that my daughter and son will soon have their birthdays (Damian on March 28th and Kahlan on April 5th). Damian was easy enough to shop for; he spewed forth the name of the last 10 toy commercials that caught his eye, and I chose the least breakable of them, case closed.
Kahlan, however, shocked the underpants off me by asking for -- be sure you're sitting down for this -- books. (Hmm maybe a swoon here? Nope, nevermind) She's going to be 7, is reading on a 3rd-4th grade level, and has a vast and rich imagination that would be the envy of any writer of fiction, albeit her writing skills need a bit of polish ... :P
At any rate, I find myself at a loss for which books to get her. I don't really have any concept of the standard reading levels, so "3rd-4th grade level" is about as enlightening to me as "red herring and boiled potatoes level." Wandering around the children's section in the bookstore for hours on end does not appeal to me, nor does it present itself as a viable solution. Would someone care to help me out by offering some appropriate titles?
The obvious qualifiers would be a decent story line, maybe even rhyming text (making rhymes is one of her favorite games), clever illustrations, and perhaps a moral or two for her to ponder when she's done. I don't want anything Disney or other classic fairy tale stuff because she's either seen the movie, heard them read, or owns them already.
Thanks in advance,