Happy Leap Day! The time, she is a-flying, no? How can it possibly the end of the second month of 2016? I’m in denial.
As you can probably tell, I didn’t get to all the reading I wanted to do this month. (Do I ever?) I did read Mr. Popper’s Penguins aloud to the DLM and Benny, and it was quite the hit. I’m never completely sure how books are being received by the DLM in particular, but I knew we had a winner when he requested that we read the sequel to Mr. Popper’s Penguins (which, by the way, doesn’t exist). We went on to listen to the audiobook no fewer than twice, so yes–a hit. 🙂 This time through was the first time I had ever actually read the story, having only listened to it with the girls when they were younger. Because we listened to it numerous times then, I was very familiar with the story. I still enjoyed it, though–very much. In fact, I laughed aloud at the ending when Mr. Popper heads to the North Pole with Admiral Drake:
“Mamma,” shouted Mr. Popper to Mrs. Popper, who had already gone up the gangplank, “I’m going, too! I’m going, too! Admiral Drake says he needs me. Mama, do you mind if I don’t come home for a year or two?”
“Oh, as to that,” said Mrs. Popper, “I’ll miss you very much, my dear. But we have money to live on for a few years. And in winter it will be much easier to keep the house tidy without a man sitting around all day. I’ll be getting back to Stillwater. Tomorrow is the day for the meeting of the Ladies’ Aid and Missionary Society, and I’ll be just in time. So good-by, my love, and good luck.”
That just tickles me, especially the part about keeping the house tidy. This is a fun story that has a lot of little-kid appeal. The DLM, Benny, and I give it a Highly Recommended.
As to my other reading–I am still reading Roller Skates and enjoying it very much. Look for my review of it in the next week or so.
What did you read from the 1930s? I’d love to hear about it in the comments, or you can share a link to your blog post.