Welcome to the first Read Aloud Thursday of 2016! Have you all been hunkered down, reading great literature during all the cold and snowy weather many of us have been enjoying (or enduring)? We haven’t had much in the way of wintry weather (other than cold and a dusting of snow), but what we have had here is sickness a-plenty. 🙁 We’ve had it for about two weeks, with one child getting sick, and then a few days later another child getting sick, until finally every last one of them had the crud (which turned out to be tonsillitis and ear infections in the girls, who were the last sick). We’re better now, thank the Lord! One of the girls is still kind of “puny,” as some of us say here in the South, but we are on the mend!
We have been reading, though we haven’t finished everything that I thought we would by the end of the month because of the sickness. You know what? That’s okay. The books don’t expire at the end of the month (well, unless they’re library books or something 😉 ). I have reviewed our lunchtime read for the month of January: The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr. That was a fun read! I’m currently still reading Anne of Green Gables aloud to my girls at bedtime; we’re probably two-third to three-fourths of the way through it. Reading this aloud to them is a momentous occasion in my life personally; I shared a bit about that here.
The DLM and I (as well as Benny, when he was willing to listen in) read The Story of Doctor Dolittle together, which was a fun (if controversial) story. I intended to start with him on The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle (for my Newbery Through the Decades Challenge),
but he wasn’t too interested in it. Instead I offered him a new Esther Averill book I was keeping in reserve, and he pounced on it. (See what I did there?) He LOVED Jenny and the Cat Club, so I knew another Jenny Linsky story would be welcomed. This is a short-but-entertaining story about Jenny’s experience in (what else?) a boarding school for cats. She is a bit nervous about going there while her owner, Captain Tinker, goes off on a voyage. Her nervousness is justified when she gets there and Pickles the Fire Cat tries to run her over with his hook-and-ladder truck. Jenny runs away from the school and has a few adventures, but all is resolved when Jenny goes back to the school where, with the help of her new friends, she stands up to Pickles and makes a friend of him, too. This is NOT a chapter book like I expected; instead it is a long picture book. It’s just as sophisticated and entertaining as the stories in Jenny and the Cat Club, but I was a little big disappointed that it turned out to be only one story. (I guess that just means I should read the descriptions more thoroughly before I order books!) Nevertheless, we give Jenny Linsky, the red-scarf-wearing-cat, as well as the author Esther Averill a Highly Recommended. I’m not sure what we’ll read next, though I might pick a book off my own list of chapter books for the youngest listeners.
What have you read together this month? I’d love to hear all about it! Please share in the comments.