It has been rather a quiet week here at Hope Is the Word, as well as here at the House of Hope. (Quiet is, of course, a relative term, as I listen to the sounds of a wrestling match between Steady Eddie and Louise.) Never fear, though–we have been reading! 🙂
I picked up Down the Road by Alice Schertle at the beginning of a FIAR/apple-themed unit (which I hope to post about later). It turns out that apples don’t play heavily into this story, but it is still a winner. Young Hetty is sure she is old enough for the job of walking to the store to buy eggs for her mother, eggs for tomorrow morning’s breakfast, eagerly anticipated by her father. So careful she is that she manages to make it almost home with the eggs whole. The lure of an apple tree, just off the road, proves too strong for her, though, and in her effort to collect enough apples for a pie, Hetty drops and breaks the eggs. She climbs the tree, despondent, to give herself a chance to think, but along come mama and papa, and all is well, and there is an apple pie for tomorrow morning’s breakfast. This is a sweet, sweet story of responsibility, family love, lemonade-from-lemons, and forgiveness. E.B. Lewis’ watercolor illustrations are gorgeous and expressive–the perfect accompaniment to this tender story. I think I’m adding this one to my Best Picture Books list, I love it so much. My girls do, too. 😉
This next book I’m sharing is appropriate for the youngest of listeners. In fact, I had to do a little search on my blog to make sure I hadn’t already shared it! My girls loved it every bit as much this time as they did the first time we read it at least more than a year ago. Phyllis Root’s Rattletrap Car is pure fun. Junie, Jakie, and the baby are hot, hot, hot. Their daddy is working on their rattletrap car, but he gives in to their pleas for a trip to the lake. They load up all their gear and set out, only to be waylaid by various break-downs of their car. Fortunately, though, this is a very resourceful family, and each time someone realizes that they’ve brought along just the right thing to fix their car’s particular problem. They finally make it to the lake with a beach ball for a tire and a bottle of razzleberry snazzleberry fizz for a gas tank, among other make-do solutions. The best part of this book is the fact that it’s repetitious and full of fun words and rhymes. My favorite part to read is the sound their rattletrap car makes as they arrive at the lake:
bing bang pop!
Jill Barton’s illustrations are colorful and bright, just like the story. I don’t think you can go wrong with this one for any age!
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Have a terrific Read Aloud Thursday!