Skip to main content

What My Children Are Reading


Good morning. We have a busy day ahead with C playing football this afternoon and M going to a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. We've never been there so it should be interesting to see what we think of that place!


Little Bit: The Sound of "Short I (Wonder Books (Chanhassen, Minn.).)We were back to the library this week getting some new books. I actually didn't get many this time. We attended story time too, so we didn't take as much time really looking at books. One of the books I got M is from a phonics series I've been wanting to try. It's Little bit : the sound of short "i" by Peg Ballard and Cynthia Klingel. Each page has a very simple sentence that focuses mostly on sight words and short "i" words. She was able to read most of the book herself with me encouraging her to sound the words out. There's a whole series of these books so I am sure we'll be getting more next time we go to the library.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Paperback)With C, we've been trying to find some classics to read to him. It's a bit nostalgic for my husband and me, and C seems to be enjoying them. So far, we've read Stuart Little, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and my husband just finished reading Gulliver's Stories to him. You can click on the links to see the versions we read. The Wizard of Oz and Gulliver's Stories were more geared toward a younger audience than the regular versions of those stories. Now I'm reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary to him. We're both really enjoying it. If you have ideas for other classics to read aloud to a 1st grader, let me know!

What have you been reading with your children this week? Hop on over to Mouse Grows Mouse Learns to share!

Comments

  1. We just watched wizard of oz movies. I'm waiting to read them the books, but I loved those books as a kid.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for joining WMCIR! So far we've been enjoying Little House, CatWings and Charlotte's Web as audio books, and they all were well received. The next in line is Chronicles of Narnia - we'll see how it goes.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love The Mouse and the Motorcycle. Have you tried My Father's Dragon?

    ReplyDelete
  4. So that Mouse and the Motorcycle reminds me of Ralph S. Mouse ... and after a little google work I found out they're the same mouse! We found a Ralph S. Mouse DVD and the cinematography is just great. I never knew these came from the Beverly Cleary books. My son just loves this mouse!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Getting back to blogging

It seems that blogging has dropped to the bottom of my list for the past year, and was pretty low for the year or two prior to that. I love to read, and am continuing to do so, but as my regular readers know I haven't been around much. My last blog post was almost a year ago!!

There are many things that have taken me away from blogging. Work has been much more challenging and interesting these past few years, but that means I really don't want to get back on the computer when I get home at night - or on the weekends.

Family life has been more busy with kids having multiple activities in the evenings, leaving little time to just hang out and write about the books that I read.

I will admit to a bit of a Facebook addiction, which means way too much time spent scrolling through my newsfeed instead of doing something more productive. This is one of the things I'm working on and hoping that this will free up some time for getting back to the blog.

Overall, life is good. Work is …

Book Review: The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett

Peter Byerly is distraught over the loss of his wife nine months ago. He has retreated to their cottage in the English countryside, hoping to return to his love of collecting and restoring rare books. But when he opens a book about Shakespeare forgeries and finds a Victorian watercolor of a woman who looks just like his wife, Peter is soon on a search for the origin of the painting and the truth about Shakespeare's real identity.

The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett is a wonderful journey for anyone who loves books. It follows Peter's search in 1995, which turns into a bit of a thriller at times. But Lovett also takes the reader back in time a bit so we can learn the story of his relationship with his wife and how he came to be a bookseller. He does a beautiful job of expressing Peter's feelings about the rare books he encounters, and his feelings are contagious.

And then he takes us back even further to the history of one particular volume, whos…

Book Review: The Secret Lake by Karen Inglis

When Stella and Tom move to a new home in London, they are sad to have left their friends behind. But soon they have a mystery to solve. Their neighbor's dog, Harry, keeps disappearing. Where is he going and why is he always wet when he comes home? As they investigate the area in the garden where Harry seems to come and go, they discover a hidden tunnel that takes them back to their garden ... almost 100 years ago.

The Secret Lake by Karen Inglis is a wonderful children's book that reminds me of the adventurous stories I read as a child. I saw other reviewers say something similar. I'm not sure what it is about the way the story is told, but it is reminiscent of children's books from many years ago, yet it will definitely appeal to the kids of today.

Stella and Tom have an adventure in the past that leads to new friends and discoveries. While it's a time travel story, it doesn't have a lot of fantasy elements (although there are some moles that act a bit unusua…