1. I haven’t read ever read Hitty although I’ve heard it mentioned in many places and have it on my mental TBR list for one day. I think I’ve been reluctant to read it to my boys, not sure if they would be interested. But that’s probably silly as they enjoyed the Little House books quite a bit and other “girl” books as well.

    I do agree about reading harder books with kids. I’ve read some really good, meaty books recently as read-alouds at night with my oldest. Door in the Wall. The Wadjet Eye. The Bronze Bow. I’ve also found that with audiobooks my kids are able to listen to things at a much higher level than if I’m reading them or if they were reading alone. We’ve done Swiss Family Robinson, Treasure Island, Robin Hood and many others that way. We listen in the car so it’s a captive audience. 🙂

    My RAT post is the opposite direction, books for babies.

  2. I’ve seen Hitty on the shelf but have hesitated because we’re so very stuffed animal focused around here, vs. doll focused. After reading your review I think I’ll put this on the list to read at least for myself, then I can know whether to suggest it to my young veterinarians.

    I’m a haphazard reader-aloud. Often the books are history-related, but sometimes they’re just what strikes my fancy. This week’s is an example of the latter:


  3. Amy

    Alice–I thought about whether or not this book would appeal to boys, and I think if they can “get over” the fact that it’s about a doll and most of the doll’s owners are girls, they would enjoy it. Most of Hitty’s adventures are not girlish, in my opinion.

    Audiobooks have definitely upped my girls’ listening comprehension level, too!

    Janet–I think you’d really like Hitty, as would your girls, despite their preference for stuffed friends. (Hitty is actually stuffed as a pincushion at one point, if that helps.)

  4. We read a wide variety of books, many my girl could read on her own if she sat down and sweated it out, not that does. But I do read aloud from meaty “classics” once, often twice a day. I think it is important to always read to children from books that are beyond what they could read. Because children are capable of comprehending material way beyond their reading level. I approach history and science in the same manner. The only time I will require my kids to read anything on their own will be during reading instruction. Never during history, science, math etc.

    My two cents. Here are my read alouds for the week.


  5. I said I hated it because I was forced to read it. =D But I did buy a copy because…haha!…I think it’s one of those books that children are SUPPOSED to love! ;D (So, you are right!) I’ll give it a re-read and see if my opinion of it has changed.

    I have this gigantic stack of library books sitting here and I just haven’t worked up the mood to write about all of them. Thursdays come and Thursdays go. But the books are all due back at the library on Saturday so I’d best get hopping!

    I watched the movie Nim’s Island and didnt’ realize there was a book. Light, fluffy, fun read but nothing really deep? I’ll keep it in mind though because sometimes that’s just what you want!

  6. I forgot to say when it comes to books for the kids I do what I do for me…mostly I read who is familiar…and a few recommendations…and of course picture books are just easy to grab at the library!

  7. This is on our list to read this year. Last year, my daughter and I read “Calico Bush” by Rachel Field and used it for a homeschool literature fair project (she won first place!)… there were so many wonderful things to be learned from that book, and I’ve heard “Hitty” is the same!

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