“Well,” said Hannah, age five, “I think you should put James and the Giant Peach on the blog because other kids might like to know about him too.”
We’ve enjoyed reading several chapter books this summer, especially since the sun stays out so late and it makes it hard for little eyes to feel sleepy without a lot of winding down time. I remembered reading this book as a child and the kids were intrigued by the title. It did not disappoint.
The story follows James Henry Trotter, a little boy who lives with his two horrible aunts due to tragic circumstances. One day a giant peach miraculously grows in his back garden and James rolls away in it, accompanied by several giant insects. They go on to have all sorts of adventures and come up with several ingenious ways out of tight spots, and all’s well in the end.
I did find I had to switch out a couple of words here and there, primarily ones that have different shades of meaning these days or which I don’t care to hear bandied about the playroom. But it was not that big of a deal.
When next we scanned our shelf of chapter books, Sarah demanded the book with her name on it. Jack sounded out Sarah, Plain and Tall slowly, and then promptly forgot what he’d just read and took to calling the book “Sarah, the Airplane book.” Fortunately it didn’t take many nights to read through this classic. I read it as a child and had forgotten that the book is about two children whose mother had died, so that was sort of sad, but the book as a whole is quite redemptive and shows good examples of life on the prairie, working together as a family, siblings who love each other and get along, and learning to accept new things. We all enjoyed the story, especially Sarah who doggedly refused to admit that the book was not about her. Maybe someday she’ll live in Maine and love the sea, who knows. If she does, I look forward to the lobster I will eat when I am visiting her there.
Next we have voted to take up Mr. Popper’s Penguins yet again. In a few weeks we’ll be beginning school, and I’ve mapped out the first eight weeks or so of our evening read aloud books to correspond to things we’ll be studying. I’m looking forward to that.
Did your kids read any good books this summer?
I’m linking this post up at Read Aloud Thursday – be sure to head over there to get more ideas for things to read to your little ones!
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