The Drawing Lesson by Mark Crilley - link to my post (review copy from Blogging for Books)
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson is the first in a series of books that imaginatively retell the stories of Peter Pan. Those who know the original stories will find many pleasing tips to the originals, but there's plenty to entertain those who are unfamiliar as well. Other than a few unnecessary romantic insinuations between two rather young teenagers (or tweens?), we all found this highly entertaining. I've heard online the later books are a bit darker and maybe not appropriate for younger children so I'm pre-reading them before listening just in case. (audiobook from the library)
American Tall Tales by Mary Pope Osborne includes tales of Davy Crocket, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, Johnny Appleseed, Stormalong, Mose, Febold Feboldson, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Paul Bunyan. We listened to these tales on audiobook and, though the children enjoyed them well enough, Kansas Dad and I were not impressed. I wish we'd gotten the RC History recommended Jim Weiss CD instead. I think it would have been more enjoyable. Alternatively, we could have read from some of the Steven Kellogg tall tale books, many of which we've collected over the years and always enjoyed. (audiobook from the library)
Riding the Pony Express by Clyde Robert Bulla was one I had on the shelf and decided to read it aloud to the kids when our library didn't have either They're Off or We Were There with the Pony Express, both recommended by RC History. We have and love many of Bulla's books but I thought this one was disappointing. The young Native American in the story is portrayed rather poorly, even given the time the book was written. The library has lots of books on the Pony Express and I would have picked one of them instead if I had read this one myself before reading it aloud. (purchased copy)
The Peterkin Papers by Lucretia P. Hale is the story of the Peterkin family, one which manages to get themselves into scrape after scrape through a lack of commonsense. My children loved listening to these stories, but the inanity lasted longer than my personal preference. (library copy)
Emma by Jane Austen shows a snobish willful girl grow into a slightly wiser more conciliatory young woman. The inanities of life among the landed gentry were never so obvious. The writing, of course, is magnificent. (library book sale purchase)
The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Sanna Annukka - link to my post. (review copy from Blogging for Books)
Ivanhoe: A Romance by Sir Walter Scott - link to my post. (requested from another member at PaperBackSwap.com)
Books in Progress (and date started)
- Norton Anthology of English Literature Vol. 2 (sixth edition) (August 2014)
- Transforming Your Life through the Eucharist by John A. Kane (June 2016)
- My Several Worlds by Pearl S. Buck (August 2016)
- We Worship: A Guide to the Catholic Mass by Father Oscar Lukefahr, CM, with our adult faith formation class (September 2016)
- The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton with my book club (September 2016)
- Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (October 2016)
- Between the Forest and the Hills by Ann Lawrence (October 2016, with the children)
- Simon Brute and the Western Adventure by Elizabeth Bartelme (September 2016)
- The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis (October 2016)
- The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy, with First Son (October 2016)
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