Sunday, September 17, 2017

Who Put The Pepper In The Pot?


This funny little book has long been a favorite with my Lambies.  The family is busy.busy getting ready for the arrival of their aunt. Everyone has lots of things to do, but  everyone is so helpful to mom, too!  

The text is simple, which is great for young readers, without being dull and too dumbed down.  

I don't know exactly *what* draws kids to this story, but it's been a favorite of so many of my Lambies I had to include it in this series. 

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman


First up in my series on overlooked books is The Seven Silly Eaters.  This book has it all.  The artwork is detailed and interesting, the story engaging and entertaining and the rhymes, impeccable! Mr. and Mrs. Peters certainly have their hands full, and the snowballing trouble of allowing children to be picky eaters is evident throughout.  I love.love.love the realistic, large-family home depicted so well by Marla Frazee.  The solution to the family's problem? Cleverness, thoughtfulness and creativity!  Such a good book.  Can you tell how much it's loved? 




I recently picked up another copy, since this one is nearing the end of its life. I'll pull it out soon for one of the Lambies to read to the babies we watch on weekends.  A new generation will come to love the Peters Family! 
   
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The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Overlooked Ones



I have a new series upcoming!

I'm going to highlight books that my children have LOVED, but that don't make any of the "recommended" lists, and often get overlooked or shoved aside without consideration. As much as I love Ambleside Online's booklists, many of the Sonlight selections and others, there are great books that don't make the cut.  Most are just fun books, not literature, but life would have been a little poorer if we had not shared them.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Nature Study on a Massive Scale


We've been having a fantastic spring traveling to some fabulous parks. This is nature study on a massive scale! I love this time of year. 


Hiking is my favorite sport. 


Here's most of the Crew. Sadly, our two oldest had to work.


That's me at the base. Our trees are impressive! 


Mighty Sequoias


The famous view! 

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Boy With The Bronze Axe


Recently in our geography studies, we learned of a fascinating place called Skara Brae in Orkney.  In reading about it online, I found that Kathleen Fidler had crafted a fictional tale based on what life may have been like in Skara Brae at its height.  The Boy with the Bronze Axe has been a wonderful addition to our school days.  It is a favorite with my 11-15 year olds.  


The little artwork there is in the book is lovely. The story is of Kali and her brother Brockan, their family and village, and their relationship with a newcomer who has an axe made of an unknown (to them) material called bronze.  He is a valuable addition to their life and they have many adventures.  He shares his knowledge and learns from them, too.  

I liked especially that Kali is a very involved girl who doesn't sit on the sidelines of life.  The author worked many details of the archeology of Skara Brae into the story.  It's quite interesting to read of an item being used in the story that we have seen in the videos we watched! 

It seems that this book was out of print for some time. It's available again on Amazon, so be sure to pick up a copy. May your family enjoy it as much as mine has. 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Boy Who Ran To The Woods


I read this book to my 11-14 year old set last week.  It's been on my shelf since I found it at a library sale. I did not preread it before reading aloud.  I was taken by surprise at the heavy content of this beautiful book, but the hard topics were handled with care by the author.  I don't think I would read it to a child under eight, or an older child who is sensitive.  

Not many children's books tackle violence between children, juvenile delinquency, parental "tough love" and the difficult transition back into society after making bad life choices. The ones that do, don't do it with the wisdom, beauty and tact that this book uses. 

This damaged and angry little boy is brought to healing by a wise and determined father and the beauty of a lovely forest.  Nature study features heavily in his healing, and the illustrations are soothing and hauntingly beautiful. 

I'm glad I found this book and it will retain its place on my shelves.  

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Amazon Promo Code!



Amazon is gifting us $10 off any new book purchase of $25 and over until Nov. 28th!  Just type in "HOLIDAYBOOK" when you are checking out. What an opportunity!  I would highly recommend getting the harder-to-find-used or more expensive AO books, for example Our Island Story, A Child's History of the World, any of the excellent and irreplaceable D'Aulaire books, or anything by the excellent Rosemary Sutcliff.  Really, there are SO many choices.....what a wonderful opportunity to expand your library with a huge discount!