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  1. It’s been years since I’ve read this one so I don’t know that I realizes there were all these undertones to the story either. We may need to read this one aloud (or I might assign it to N1 this summer). : )

    We are working our way through The Wizard of Oz – we were derailed by Teach Them Diligently. Still trying to get my read-aloud groove back (and getting things done at home!) : )

  2. I’ve not read it either. I assumed it was a strictly children’s book and picked up a copy to read to mine at some point. But now I think I shall wait until they are at least a few years older. Sounds like a book you’ll once to enjoy once young, and then again when you are older. (Or, in my case, when I am older for the first time?)

    We’re in this week! We read The Book of Dragons, by Nesbit:

    http://www.readingtoknow.com/2013/05/the-book-of-dragons-by-e-nesbit.html

  3. Not by any grand plan but more by coincidence, we’ve ended up reading a couple of Great Depression books recently. We read “R My Name is Rachel” first (well, listened to it in the car. It’s by Patricia Reilly Giff and I’ve enjoyed others by her but this was my daughters’ first exposure. It was well-written and just a good story. Then, I read aloud “Strawberry Hill” by Mary Ann Hoberman (whom we mostly knew from “Seven Silly Eaters.”). In almost all ways, this was a wonderful read-aloud. Strawberry Hill is also set in the Great Depression and has a female protagonist. It’s a sweet story about a Jewish family coping with the Depression. It has typical girl-age conflicts like moving to a new town and trying to find a best friend. It also has some anti-semitism thrown in but in an age-appropriate way. (It did lead to me having to answer questions about theological differences between Protestantism, Catholicism and Judaism so that part kept me on my toes a bit.) The chapters were nice and short, which I love in a read-aloud. My only complaint was that there was a “crush” situation b/w the main character and a boy in her class. It ended up not being as big a part of the plot as I thought it would be but still more than I would have liked. (More opportunities for meaningful mother-daughter conversations though.) My girls and I enjoyed both selections. Now they are listening to all the Kit books so they should be experts on the Great Depression soon 🙂

    • Amy

      Angie–thanks for sharing your titles! I’m usually surprised by how much my girls have learned from AG books!

  4. I’ve got nothin’ in terms of a post this week…it ended up being an unplanned blogging break (though I am trying to get a week in review post done today).

    We started to watch the movie based on this book, but it turned out to be a bit to scary for my younger kids. They can handle lots and lots of “action” and fighting…but when it comes to more “suspenseful” stories like this they can be too scary.

    On Friday I went to an amazing garage sale of a friend of a friend who is nearly done homeschooling her kids, and she was selling tons of classics for 25 cents each…this was one of the books i ended up buying. I think I might have read it as a kid but I’m not sure. 🙂

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