I'll start off with three books that Sadie (age 5 1/2) and I have read recently. The Hundred Dresses is a book about bullying, but the actual bullying is very subtle. There isn't any physical violence in this book or even any name calling. Even though the mistreatment is subtle, it cannot be ignored, as it shouldn't, and is a wonderful (gentle) lesson that even making fun of someone gently hurts deeply and can cause great regret. I highly recommend this book for girls and boys alike.
The second book we've read is Mary on Horseback, the true story of Mary Breckinridge, a nurse who devoted her life to the mountain people of Appalachia. The book is divided into three stories of individuals whose lives were impacted greatly by Mary. If you have a young lady in your life who loves horses, she'll be mesmerized by this nurse on horseback that rides over mountains to help people. This book is a treasure.
Next is a book for animal lovers, particularly those who love dolphins. Dolphin Adventure is a true account of what one scuba diver experienced when a dolphin family asked for his help. It's an amazing peek into the lives and abilities of these amazing creatures. It's a short and easy read, perfect for young listeners.
Two great books Sam and I read recently were The Witch of Blackbird Pond and Johnny Tremain. I had never read either of these before and they both impressed me greatly.
There is no witch in The Witch of Blackbird Pond, although two characters in the book are accused of being witches. One escapes harm when the village suspects her of harm (unfounded) and burns down her cabin. The other is proved to not be a witch, so no harm comes to her. Those are the two most intense scenes in the book. The book tells the story of a young woman who comes north to live in a new colony when her life changes dramatically in Barbados. She goes searching for her mother's sister and moves in with her and her family. Ever thought colonial life was simple and bliss-filled? This book paints an excellent picture of what it and many of the Puritan perceptions of the times were like. For us romantic moms, there are even a few story lines that will keep us cheering for the girls in this book. I LOVED this book. Loved it.
Johnny Tremain is a fictional (although based on real events in history) novel about a young apprentice whose life changes drastically after an accident. Soon, he finds himself working for the Sons of Liberty, even participating in the Boston Tea Party and the start of the Revolution. This book is an excellent way to introduce kids to history without them knowing you're doing it. And, it comes in a form that will be remembered- a well-written story.
Little Miss. Miriam (age 2 1/2) currently has a favorite book/naptime and bedtime routine. It involves this book you see below, Oh, What a Busy Day. I was given this book by my aunt and uncle on my first birthday and it is my all-time favorite children's picture book. Can you tell it's 35 years old?
Miriam knows the book so well that before she can crawl into her "cribby" with her doll baby, we have to find and look at and talk about three specific pages in the book. First, we have to look at the page that talks about times when we feel sad. Miriam doesn't seem bothered by the friend that has to go home or the dog who is sick or the toy that fell in the toilet and got flushed. What she wants to look at and "Awwww" over is the little girl whose dolly fell and broke her head.
Then, she wants to turn several pages and look at the "muddy children". I must admit, this was my very favorite page as a child. I, too, was fascinated by these children that got to romp in the huge muddle puddle.
Lastly, Miriam wants to look at "the children being nice". This page show scenes where children are not using good manners followed by the better approach. She just can't get over how the one boy is pulling the other's hair. As if she's never seen or experienced it before.
When all the rather disturbing pages are looked at, she happily goes off to nap or bed. Mind you that most of the pages in this book are sweet as can be. One of my other favorite pages one of a breakfast table that requires a two-page spread. A long table, set outside in the grass is loaded with breakfast foods and surrounded by children eating at the start of their day. The book goes on to show the children playing outside and inside, dressing up, selling lemonade, taking care of an elderly woman and her home and saying goodbye to their friends at the end of the day (with many other lovely pages in between).
I just love books. Can you tell?Pin It