Hannah Reads: Marie Antoinette

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From Hannah, our resident ten-year-old:

Personally, I do not keep a diary, but I have always wanted to do that. I’ve tried before, but I couldn’t keep up with it. My days are often the same old routine, so it turns into writing the same thing over and over again. Also, what I do doesn’t seem that interesting to me–can you imagine if I wrote down the step-by-step way I unload the dishwasher? BORING!

However, I do enjoy reading other people’s diaries in books. You can come to understand their feelings, even if they are really a stinker! That happens a lot in books, that someone seems like a stinker, but then you understand their feelings and then you can start to take their side.

For example, lots of people think that Marie Antoinette was mean to her subjects and cared only for pleasure. However, Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles gives a whole different look at her character and personality. The book is fiction, but written as if it was Marie Antoinette’s diary. I think the author did that so readers might change their minds about Marie Antoinette.

I, for one, sympathized with Marie Antoinette from early on in the book. She had almost no friends in her life, and her mother was busy being an empress rather than taking the time to get to know her children. So I felt bad for her because that seems like a dreadful life. She was also forced to marry a French guy she didn’t know!  And he was fat! She was very disappointed when she saw him. If she had gotten to know him first, she might have come to like him in spite of his fatness and the fact that he did not even know how to make a snowball, if you can imagine that!  Personally, I would rather marry someone who knows how to make snowballs even if he is fat, because I would like to have snowball fights be a part of my life! Or, if I live where there is no snow, perhaps sock ball fights!

Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles is a fascinating book to read, full of interesting facts about French etiquette, not to mention details about fine dresses. If you like historical fiction, I would recommend it.

Hannah’s questions for kids (and adults):

  • Have you ever wanted to be part of a royal family?
  • Do you keep a diary?
  • Would you let other people read your diary?

 

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Hannah Reads: The Lightening Thief

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A review from Hannah, our resident 10-year-old:

Mythology, as you may know, is not made up of things that actually happened. When I think of mythology, I think it’s like fairy stories–not true but they often end with a good moral of the story. If you’re interested in Greek mythology, I think you might find The Lightning Thief enjoyable.

lightning-thief1The book is about Percy Jackson, who is used to bullies calling him names and treating him horribly. He’s also prone to crazy freak accidents. But when he visits a museum of ancient Greek history, and has a run-in with a creature from mythology, things start getting weird. It turns out that Percy is the son of Poseidon! When Zeus’s master bolt is stolen and he blames Percy, Percy has to go on a quest to find it and is in very great danger.

The Lightning Thief, as you can tell, combines everyday life with Greek mythology. That’s very unusual and interesting to think about! You might find yourself wishing you were part of the story too, except for the part about possibly dying an extremely painful death. You might find this scary depending on your personality. Some people may be afraid of the monsters in the book, although I personally do not have that problem since I know mythology isn’t real.

Hannah’s questions for kids (and adults):

  • Have you ever wanted to be part of Greek mythology stories?
  • Have you ever imagined yourself in the story of a book you were reading?
  • Have you ever been accused of something you didn’t do? How did you handle it?

 

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A few more read-alouds set in Asia

We are wrapping up our study of the 20th century (and I can’t decide if we should start the ancient world again after spring break, or just do lots of random literature read-alouds until August? Thoughts?) and read several more good books set in Asia.  If you’re interested in the area or are studying the Korean and/or Vietnam Wars, these might be good choices.

inside outHannah (10) and I previously decided we didn’t really like verse novels, but Sarah (7) read Inside Out and Back Again and kept telling us how fantastic it is, so finally I read it and yes, it is fantastic!  Hannah grudgingly agreed that it was all right, because she liked the author’s second book (below) better, but we all enjoyed talking about Inside Out.

The book tells the story of a girl whose family has to leave Vietnam near the end of the Vietnam War. Emigrating to the US, the little girl faces all kind of challenges–language, customs, bullies–and yet bravely learns to stand up for herself.  These are such great topics for elementary school kids, both in how to treat others who are different and how to behave when you yourself are different.

Even if you think you don’t like verse novels, I highly recommend you give Inside Out and Back Again a try.

listen slowly

Naturally, we wanted to read Thanha Lai’s second book, Listen, Slowly. The book is a novel rather than a verse novel (I think it was a sound move for Lai to branch out, but also brave since her verse novel won awards and it probably would have been easy to let herself be pigeonholed in that genre) and it is set in Vietnam, so you get more details about the country.  I’m not sure which book I liked most.

Listen, Slowly follows two girls–one born in America to parents who fled Vietnam as children during the war, and one her cousin who grew up in Vietnam.  As they come to understand each other, the reader learns a lot about Vietnamese culture and also gets an outside-in view of some of the silly parts of American tween culture in the process.

The book had some great discussion topics like how we can view our own culture, how to figure out if someone is really a true friend, why we respect our elders, and the like.

One caveat for younger readers: There is an episode in Listen, Slowly when the American tween advises the Vietnamese cousins that they should convert their underwear to thongs.  I wound up having to explain to Hannah what thongs were, which is fine but I wasn’t expecting the question!  She declared the whole idea “completely ridiculous” and later in the book the American tween character does too, but I thought I’d mention it as a heads up.

seesaw girlSeesaw Girl was our read-aloud choice about Korea. Although it’s set in the 1600s, there were a lot of great cultural references that I thought helped round out our understanding.  We read other picture books and shorter chapter books set in Korea too, but really enjoyed Linda Sue Park’s story.

I loved the setting details Park included–sometimes children’s books are light there but Park did a great job of evoking both the historical and geographical settings.

The kids read several other books by Park and enjoyed them all. Jack (8) tried to teach himself Korean from some YouTube videos.  Hannah asked for a hanbok for her birthday. We briefly looked up airfare to Korea (my family lived there when I was in 7th and 8th grades and I would love to visit again) but, to paraphrase Kermit the Frog from a non-Korea-related movie quote, “that would cost as much as an Oldsmobile” so we had to settle for going out to dinner at a Korean restaurant.

water-buffalo-days-cover1To be honest, Water Buffalo Days was a kind of disappointing read-aloud. I think it was partially because the kids had already read The Land I Lost by the same author so they knew more stories and details and they thought this was “a little kid version” and were not super enthused.  As the person reading aloud, I wished the book would have had more setting details.

We didn’t hate it, but the consensus among the kids was that you should read The Land I Lost instead of Water Buffalo Days.

 

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Hannah Reads: A Lunchmeat Book About Cats

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This week’s review by our resident ten-year-old:

Not all books are good literature, but that doesn’t mean they are bad!  If you want to know what good literature is, ask yourself:

  • Does the author write really well? Does he or she use beautiful words and imaginative writing?
  • Is the story captivating?
  • Does it have important ideas that make you understand things better?

If you think about good literature as your favorite meal, like steak or spaghetti, you might want to eat that all the time. But sometimes you might want to eat lunchmeat.

warriors_into_the_wild_frontcover_large_5ApjLPT94NmCZNpInto the Wild is like lunchmeat.  Long lunchmeat.  Even though it may not be good literature, it’s very enjoyable!

The book is about Rusty, a kittypet, which is what the book calls a cat that lives with a human (the book calls humans “twolegs!”). Rusty longs to go into the forest. One day, he does, even though his friend, Smudge, warns him against it. While Rusty is in the forest, he is ambushed by Graypaw, an apprentice warrior of the Thunder Clan. There are four clans of cats who are not pets: Thunder Clan, Shadow Clan, Wind Clan, and River Clan. The clan is a group of cats who live together in the forest. It’s kind of like an Indian tribe that doesn’t move around. The leader of the Thunder Clan invites Rusty to join the Thunder Clan.

Rusty has to choose. Should be join a clan and become an apprentice? Or, will he stay warm and pampered and live a safe kittypet life?

Into the Wild may not be a steak and spaghetti book, but it’s very enjoyable! As long as you read a lot of good literature too, it’s fine to read lunchmeat books sometimes.

Hannah’s questions for kids (and adults):

  • Do you only read good literature, or do you read lunchmeat books too?
  • Do you have a pet cat? If so, do you think the cat secretly wants to join a clan and live in the wild?

 

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Read-aloud Hodge Podge – Feb 2016 edition

And now a hodge podge of longer read-alouds and chapter books I read to discuss with the kids. I’m trying to break these up into topical posts when I can, but these defied my organization for the past couple of months. However, not all odds-and-ends are rewarmed leftovers–these are a proper literary smorgasbord. Let us know if you enjoy them!

moorchildEloise McGraw’s The Moorchild is a fairy story (in the old fashioned sense of the word, not the Disney sort) that weaves in themes modern kids can relate to, such as being different, being made fun of, and not fitting in. This is a great book for discussion. It can be tough to figure out how to talk through scenarios with sensitive kids without them feeling defensive, and I often find that books help. This one gives lots of ways to talk about different strategies, what works and what doesn’t, and helps reassure kids that they are not the only person who has ever felt left out or different. Plus, it’s a great story!

 

Book-BigWoodsOf course everyone has read Little House in the Big Woods, but Sarah, our first grader, just finished reading it for her out loud reading practice with me (I have the kids read aloud to me for a while after they are independent readers so that I can catch any errors in pronunciation and to help them read with good expression).  It was so fun to have little discussions with her along the way, and to see how her ability to read smoothly and expressively improved over the course of the book.  The Laura Ingalls series was one of my favorites growing up, and it’s a delight to share them with my own kids!

 

homeless birdHomeless Bird is a fascinating story about a 13 year old widowed girl in India who finds a way to happiness in spite of many hardships and extremely limiting social conventions. I thought the author did a good job of presenting the reality of a different culture calmly, but without glossing over what makes it terrible for young girls in the protagonist’s position.  The author also handled the ending well–without too much Western sensibility but also without fatalism or outright rejection of the culture.  Note that there are a couple of oblique references to dangerous situations you might want to be prepared to discuss with younger readers, although those might go over their heads.

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My Side of the Mountain is one of my all-time favorite children’s books. I have no idea how many times I read it when I was a kid, and it was really fun to be able to read it with the children. We chose this as an evening family read-aloud. Even though the older two kids had both read it on their own, it was still great to experience it together. The story–about a self-sufficient boy who leaves his home in New York City to live off the land in the Catskills–will appeal to any kid who loves adventure. It’s amazing that this sort of thing even seemed possible in the 1950s, when the book was written.  But I like the way the book shows how children can make good decisions and be responsible, and if you ever have to flee to the hills you’ll definitely want this book along as a reference for what to eat! Highly recommended for boys and girls of all ages!

all of a kind

All-of-a-Kind Family is a FANTASTIC read-aloud about a big family from turn-of-the-century New York. Even Jack, who normally looks askance at books about gobs of girls, enjoyed the adventures of this family (and he was pleased at the surprise in the last chapter). The book doesn’t underplay the fact that poor immigrant families faced hardships, but focuses more on the family’s hard work, loyalty, and determination to maintain old traditions with new ways of life. Because the family is Jewish, we learned a lot about Jewish holidays and the kids really, really want to build a succah in the backyard.  Maybe when it gets warmer.  We are excited that this is only the first in a series of books, and we plan to read them all.

What was on your read-aloud list this month?

 

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Hannah Reads: Options For Liking Books

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Do you always finish every book you start? Personally, I don’t!

How do you know if you should finish a book, or simply throw it to the wayside? Most times, I’d recommend reading fifty pages, and then if you still don’t like it, stop.

Wildwood_by_Colin_Meloy_coverBut sometimes it takes longer for you to get into a book. For instance, Wildwood took me a long time to get into, but I wound up really liking it. Always bear in mind that just because the first chapter of a book is boring, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the whole book is boring.

Here’s a tip: sometimes certain books are better to listen to than to read. Check to see if your book also comes as an audio book. Then, not only do you get to listen to a good book, but it also passes the time on long car rides!

bad-coverHowever, I do not recommend the audio version of The Bad Beginning from A Series of Unfortunate Events unless you are ten or older! Depending on your personality, the audio version of that book may have too much intensity. The music is in a minor key, which can be scary if you remember it at night. And the narrator uses very evil voices for villains. Actually, I applaud him for using different voices. He is imaginative! But the voices may be too scary for little kids or those with more sensitive personalities.

 

Related Reviews: Hannah’s mama’s take on the Wildwood series and on The Bad Beginning.

 

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Hannah Reads: The BFG

2Welcome to Hannah Reads, a new weekly feature on A Spirited Mind. Our guest blogger, Hannah, is a voracious reader with strong opinions who hopes her reviews will inspire the younger set. In addition to reading, Hannah enjoys writing family newspapers, producing plays, and creating imaginary games with small odds-and-ends she repurposes as miniature worlds.

Hannah’s Review of Roald Dahl’s The BFG

BFGThe BFG is a wonderful story by Roald Dahl about a little girl named Sophie. The story begins when Sophie is captured by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant). The BFG is actually the smallest giant and is called a runt by the other giants. Unlike the other giants, the BFG does not eat kids. His self-appointed job is to give good dreams to children.

The BFG takes Sophie to the land of the giants, where she sees the other giants who eat kids. One day, Sophie makes a daring plan to destroy all the giants. Will she succeed? Read The BFG to find out!

 

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A few more World War II books for kids (chapter books and read-alouds)

It has been a while since I did a post on read-alouds, so I thought it might be easier to break them up into topics.  As usual, the criteria for these reviews is books that are over 100 pages and not picture books, that I either read aloud to the kids or read in order to discuss them with one or more kids who read the book independently. We also still read shorter books together, and the kids read a veritable plethora of other chapter books about World War II, but documenting all of those would take a long time!

You may have noticed that we’ve been reading a lot about World War II.  I think these books bring up the tail end, and our school reading has turned to Korea and the Civil Rights Movement, so I figured a wrap-up was in order.

sixty fathersThe House of Sixty Fathers makes a fantastic read-aloud for both boys and girls.  The story of a young Chinese boy during the Japanese invasion in World War II is based on a true story Meindert DeJong (who also wrote The Wheel on the School–another favorite) observed when he was serving in China at that time.  Apparently DeJong tried to adopt the real life boy but wasn’t able to make it happen during the war and then he never was able to find him after the Communists took over.  Fortunately, the book has a happier ending!  We all enjoyed the adventure and the determination of the little boy.

war saved lifeIn The War that Saved My Life, a little girl from London’s East End finds hope and a loving community when she’s evacuated to the country during the Blitz.  The story was good, but I thought it suffered somewhat from unbelievable elements–namely a mother who was too entirely villainous. I think it might have been a stronger book had her behavior been more to do with ignorance or superstition or even just being poor and tired, rather than being straight evil. I thought maybe this was just my adult perspective, but Hannah picked up on it too, so maybe not.  In spite of that caveat, the story is interesting and might be a good pick if you have a tweenish person studying World War II.

thecayThe Cay  will probably only work as a read-aloud if you’re able to read ahead a bit and modify text while you’re reading it.  We did this one as a family read-aloud and I could not BEAR the spelled out accent of one of the main characters.  I like doing voices when I read, but it was like trying to imitate Sebastian the Crab from Disney’s Little Mermaid and that was just so annoying that I had to stop, announce to the kids that I’d be reading in a regular accent, and change some of the pronunciation and diction.  I also changed a few words and mentions that I felt were racist or at least not the way I want my kids to think about people.  Having done so, the story was great–kind of a less far-fetched version of The Swiss Family Robinson, but with a kid in the Caribbean during World War II.

war peace jazzI’m not a huge fan of textbooks for kids–they are usually dry, dumbed down, and much better replaced with living books. However, I have found a few that worked well, and A History of US: War, Peace, and All That Jazz: 1918-1945 is one. The book has short chapters and takes a story-telling approach, using good photography and art, to form a spine for the covered years.  Since so much was going on from 1918 to 1945 around the world, I felt like we needed a spine to hold it all together as we read widely from other living books too.  We read this one out loud together and I thought it worked well for that. We’ve also listened to The Story of the World for this timeframe, but I wanted something with a bit more detail and that I could read out loud versus only listening to (since we’ve got the audio version) in the car. I wouldn’t say that this one was better than the SOTW, but I think they complement each other.

You can read about other chapter books on World War II for kids here and here.

 

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October-November Read-Alouds

These are the books (over 100 pages) we read aloud together in October and November, or that I read in order to discuss with the kids.

Gilbert-and-Sullivan-Set-Me-FreeGilbert & Sullivan Set Me Free is not a book I’d send a kid off with alone, and actually, it’s not a book I’d do as a read-aloud either.  It did make a great audio book, because it’s augmented by pieces of music and singing, and is pretty dramatically rendered with different voices.  The book is a fictional representation of a time of prison reform around World War I, and particularly addresses the plight of women prisoners.  The kids loved the music and the story, but I did have to fast forward through a couple of spots where there was too much dialogue about WHY the women were in prison (hazard of audio books: you can’t see mentions of prostitution and abortionists and avoid them ahead of time).  Overall, while I didn’t love this book, I thought it was a well done audio book, with the aforementioned caveats.

runWe started studying World War II, and so the kids are reading a lot about that time period. I’m attempting to keep up somewhat with their books so that we can discuss issues. Jack read Run, Boy, Run, a true story of a young boy who escaped the Warsaw ghetto and lived on the run until the end of the war.  It’s an amazing story, and the references to difficult things are oblique enough that younger kids might not catch them.

I probably wouldn’t do this book as a read-aloud, but for independent reading to later discuss with a parent I think it’s a good choice. I had really good discussions with Jack and Hannah based on this book, and Jack especially seemed impacted by the story, since the main character started the war as an eight-year-old, which is Jack’s age. It was interesting to talk about whether Jack would forget how his family looked and even our names if he had to run away and live off the land for years like the boy in the story did.

When Hitler Stole Pink RabbitI remember reading When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit as a child, when I was going through a World War II phase (this lasted several years, my brother and I read everything we could find about the time period).  Judith Kerr is one of my favorite children’s authors (Mog the cat and The Tiger Who Came to Tea are fantastic).  Pink Rabbit is Kerr’s autobiographical story based on what happened to her own family during the war.

The book is a gentle but insightful take on the war, being a refugee, and overcoming the changes and challenges of a difficult childhood.  I wish I had used this as a read-aloud rather than having Jack and Hannah read it individually, because I think Sarah would have liked the story too, but she was daunted by the length.  I’ll have to remember to have her read it in a year or two.

number the starsI remember loving Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars when I first read it as a kid.  Re-reading it so I could discuss it with Hannah was a treat.  It’s always surprising to me how much I remember about books I read 20 or 30 years ago.  The story provides a fictionalized account of the true story of how the people of Denmark bravely supported and cared for the Jewish Danes during World War II.  It’s truly amazing what they pulled off.  The novel tells the story from the perspective of a little girl who is called upon to act bravely to save her best friend, several families of other Jews, and her uncle.  Because of the friendship and bravery themes, the frightening facts of Nazi aggression and terror are tempered in a way that makes them easier for kids to understand and deal with, without at all minimizing the risks or evil involved.  I’d highly recommend this one for pre-teens just for it’s messages, but especially if your kids are studying World War II.

Gladys_AylwardGladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime turned out to be a fabulous biography of a remarkable woman who devoted her life to helping the Chinese people–renouncing her British citizenship, living in extreme conditions and deprivation, and risking her life for others. Unlike some missionary biographies we have read, this one worked out well as a read-aloud, and the kids enjoyed it so much that when we finished the last page they immediately asked if we could read it again!

We recommend this version of Aylward’s story, although the kids also watched the The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, an Ingrid Bergman movie adaptation of Aylward’s story, and Hannah and I read The Small Woman, which we likewise recommend.

letters from rifkaHannah loved Letters from Rifkaand asked me to read it so we could have a book discussion. The story–told in the form of letters the main character writes to her cousin in the margins of her book of Pushkin’s poetry–follows a brave little girl whose Jewish family flees anti-Semitic Russia in 1919 to follow her older brothers to America.  Along the way the family fights disease and prejudice, and finally Rifka has to be left behind while still contagious.  Living under the protection of a refugee organization, Rifka learns her own strength, learns languages, helps others, and overcomes the prejudices that she was born into before reaching America.  A great story, admirable heroine, and great historical detail combine to make this a good recommendation for kids, especially if you’ve studied the history and geography the book covers.

g6-roll-of-thunder-hear-my-cryIt took us a LONG time to get through Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry as our evening read-aloud, but not because we didn’t like it.  On the contrary, we were all completely absorbed in the story, but had to take it in small doses because we so often needed to stop and discuss issues and themes that came up as we read. We had some excellent talks about prejudice, racial issues, and the historical context of the Depression in the American South–tying all of that in with what we had already read and studied about previously.  Things like this are among my favorite parts of parenting!

As an aside though, I don’t think you should plan to give this book to (or get an audiobook for) younger kids if you don’t plan to talk it over thoroughly as you go.  The text includes racial epithets that we would never want our kids to say, and attitudes that we want them to understand but deplore.  I had all of my big kids read the words to themselves, then we had a discussion about why they are bad words, what the characters who use those words are like, how we hope to be different, and so on.  Without active parent participation, I am not sure this book would be as helpful or compelling for elementary kids.  But as a group read-aloud it was excellent and I highly recommend it.

What has your family enjoyed reading together lately?

 

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September Read-Alouds

pollyannaI can’t believe that I never read the complete Pollyanna as a child.  I watched the Hailey Mills movie dozens of times, but the book is so far superior to the movie.  The book contains more characters, with more developed plot lines, and appealed to my girls as well as to Jack, although I don’t think Jack would have picked up the volume on his own due to it’s predominantly pink cover.

Although I think the book would make a great read-alone, it was really great as a read-aloud.  The chapters are quite manageable (we usually read two per night, but the last night we read six in order to find out what happened more quickly) and there are lots of opportunities for different voices.

As a side note, I’m really impressed with the Oxford Children’s Classics series.  The series prints high quality copies of complete and unabridged classics.  These are children’s books.  There is absolutely NO NEED to abridge children’s books.  I loathe the Great Illustrated Classics series because it takes great kids lit and cuts it down abominably. So I toss this out as an aside–check when you buy or borrow books for kids–the GIC series is NOT the same thing as the OCS!

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This year in school we are covering the 1900s, so we listened to Susan Wise Bauer’s exceptional The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 4: The Modern Age: From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR on audio while we were taking a road trip and driving around town doing errands.  I know I keep saying this, but this four volume audio set is without a doubt one of the top five things I have ever purchased for the kids.  I’m so glad that we own it!  The kids have listened to these books so many times and we continue to get a lot out of them (practical note: take it from me and rip these CDs to your iTunes BEFORE you give them to the kids!).

What I love about this series is it’s ability to present history as a story, with events tying in to previous eras and different parts of the globe.  It’s not a Western-centric series, although Western history is of course covered.  You also learn how what was going on in other parts of the world influenced and was influenced by things happening in Europe and America.

I’ve seen Volume 4 described as not being for younger elementary kids but honestly I’m not sure why.  Although the 20th century was full of terrible things, so were other centuries.  This book does a great job of removing details that might disturb small children without shying away from the evil perpetrated by Hitler, Stalin, Mao, etc.  I have no problem with small kids hearing this book.

You could do Story of the World as a read-aloud, but I’ve been glad to have it as a high quality audio book (Jim Weiss reads well).

Note About Picture Books: As of this month, the Five Favorite Picture Books series is moving to the newsletter.  You’ll also find the Quarter in Books superlatives in this month’s issue.  If you want to get some inspiration for stellar things to read to younger kids–plus other interesting tips and articles–check out the newsletter archive and subscribe to get thoughts and tips for the bookmarked life in your inbox the last Monday of every month.

 

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