1. I’m putting Little Britches on the list for next year. I’m eager to try that series out after all the raving I’ve heard on it! We are reading Wolves of Willoughby Chase right now (is that your book for RtK bookclub?) I had a window and wanted to read it with the girls and decided to jump ahead to it now while we had a small window. : )

    • Amy

      No, Wolves isn’t my book (101 Dalmatians is), but I KNEW there was a book coming up I wanted to share with my girls! That’s it!

  2. I think about what I did with my older kids that I am not doing with Little Sister. I will say that I am glad my oldest is a girl bc my son, 5.5, enjoys ALL the books we read aloud, even when no male characters are present like in the Betsy-Tacy series. BUT MFD series was one that I was excited to read to HIM in particular. 🙂

  3. I read My Father’s Dragon to my boys this year…they liked, but not quite enough to want to hear the subsequent books immediately.

    Early in the month we finished “Elephant in the Garden” which was an excellent World War II book set in Germany with a family escaping west following the bombing of Dresden — the mother worked at the zoo and saves a young elephant, who comes with them on their journey.

    Since we have read a ton of historical fiction this year my daughter requested something different. We decided to try The Princess and the Goblin since it is often listed among the classics. Madeline loved it but I felt so-so about it…I remembered that fairy tale is not my favorite genre. She is going to read the sequel on her own.

    We just started, “In the Year of The Boar and Jackie Robinson” (now that we are finally ready to move on from WWII after 2+ months lingering there). I think we’re going to like that one too.

  4. Sounds like it was a good time for My Father’s Dragon. I’m always looking for ways to decrease my guilt levels when it comes to Things I Don’t Do With My Baby That I Did With My Eldest. 🙂

    What did he think of it?

    • Amy

      He liked it, I think. I don’t know. It’s kind of hard to “enjoy” such a “babyish” story when you’ve been listening to the high adventure of Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper in Prydain for weeks on end. 😉

  5. Read-alouds with my 7-year-old daughter this past month have included finishing up “The Borrowers” series, “Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass,” and we’re currently in “Pippi Longstocking.” I don’t know that I would have done “Through the Looking Glass” if it hadn’t been included in my copy of “Alice.” Still a lot of silly fun, but a tiny bit more complicated than Alice — especially for a family that doesn’t play chess so misses all those references! She is loving Pippi, and will sometimes read a chapter to me, but still wants me to then read the same chapter back to her later. I think we need to find a book actually set in the U.S. for our next choice, though: not only am I explaining words and concepts, but also a bunch of Britishisms. 🙂

  6. The Little Britches series is so good! But I always read it aloud so I can edit out language issues.

    We’ve been enjoying well-written biographies. Henry Hudson was wonderful, and now we’re reading Joyce McPherson’s book about Albrecht Durer. Both are wonderful and suitable for a wide age-range.

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