Monday, April 2, 2018

March 2018 Book Reports

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson - This is the first book of four in the Wingfeather Saga. I've seen it highly praised on many different homeschool blogs. I read it and enjoyed it reasonably well. I think the children will adore it. There are lots of little jokes in footnotes and silliness throughout. I think they'll suit our family best as independent reading. All four of them should be able to read it. (The seven-year-old read Harry Potter; he can read this.) Kansas Dad and I have decided to get all four as Easter presents for the kids. (library copy)

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote, illustrated by Beth Peck - This book, like A Child's Christmas in Wales, is a short story of love and joy. It's a bit bittersweet as it's the last of his lovely joyful Christmas memories, but I think it's worth reading to the children even with the bit of sadness. It's beautifully written. (library copy)

The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas by Madeleine L'Engle - This little story tells of the days of December leading up to Christmas from the point of view of seven year old Vicky as she anticipates both the birth of her sibling and her appearance as the angel in the Christmas Pageant. I think the children will understand her feelings and enjoy the story, so it's on our list as a potential read-aloud for Advent 2018. (library copy)

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman - link to my post. (library copy)

The World Wars (an Usborne book) by Paul Dowswell, Ruth Brocklehurst, and Henry Brook - link to my post (purchased copy)

A Shepherd in Combat Boots: Chaplain Email Kapaun of the 1st Cavalry Division by William L. Maher - link to my post. (purchased used copy)

James Herriot's Favorite Dog Stories by James Herriot - I listened to this collection with the three younger children. It's a collection of stories by Mr. Herriot focused on dogs, revisiting canine friends over time. We all enjoyed it, and it didn't contain any references of concern for younger ears. (purchased Audible book)

 A Tree for Peter by Kate Seredy - link to my post. (library copy)

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot - link to my post. (purchased used copy)

Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature by Professor Thomas A. Shippey (from The Great Courses) - link to my post. (purchased audiobook)

Books in Progress (and date started)

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These reports are my honest opinions.

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