Alternate title to this post: “How I Came to Appreciate Dr. Seuss.” 😉
Confession: I don’t love Dr. Seuss, and I especially don’t love reading his books aloud. I find them difficult to read and almost monotonous because of all the made-up words, etc. I zone out when I read them. Enter Dr. Seuss on audio. Yes! Dr. Seuss is meant to be heard, not read, at least in my opinion.
We’ve had these two sets of audiobooks, which are performed by some pretty famous folks, on repeat for a couple of weeks now. My individual favorites are Oh Say Can You Say!, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut, and Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? These get bonus points for the fabulous things they’re doing in my beginning reader’s brain as he listens (again and again and again) to all the wonderful rhyming words. I’ll never look at (er, listen to) Dr. Seuss the same way again. (Also, neither will my girls, but that’s a different story. 😉 )
The DLM picked out Ribsy last week at the library for the second or third time. It is a trusted favorite by now. Who can resist such a great dog story? What I love about this one is Neil Patrick Harris’s performance. That bit in the first chapter where Ribsy’s trying to get at that flea under his collar?–Harris reads it perfectly. Highly Recommended.
Having never read the book or seen the movie, all of my children were captivated by Hotel for Dogs by Lois Duncan. I wasn’t entirely convinced of its appropriateness for the five year old (and the two year old, of course) given the sassy attitude of a few of the characters, but I’m afraid some of that parental
discernment pickiness has to fall by the wayside when one has Big Kids and Little Kids. This one has a really nice and tidy ending, and I’m pretty sure everyone enjoyed it.
The crown jewel of this month’s collection is Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Donn Fendler. This is a very exciting and true story from the 1950s of a twelve year old boy who is lost for nine days on Mt. Katahdin. It reads a lot like Hatchet by Gary Paulsen or even My Side of the Mountain by Elizabeth Craighead George, only with a real sense of immediacy and quite a bit more praying. 😉 Amon Purinton‘s performance is. . . sweet. Something about the innocence of his voice really captured the attention of this forty-one year old mama. The DLM loved it, too. Highly Recommended.
Well, this isn’t all we’ve listened to. We purchased a couple of Kindle Fires for the beginning of the school year, and the girls have discovered the joy of listening to their own audiobooks through those
annoyances devices. Between One Click Digital and Overdrive, we keep the airwaves humming around the house, too. The only ones I really get to listen to, though, are the ones we listen to in the van.
Have you or your children listened to anything good lately? I’d love to hear about it!