Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Reading Life



We've been struggling to manage our library accounts. We can only have 20 holds at a time, and 50 books checked out at a time each. Those limits have been, well, limiting. We've hit our limit and had to go put stacks of books back several times in the last few weeks.

Our favorites:

A New Coat for Anna is a charming story of bartering and resourcefulness in order to get a new coat after a war has destroyed the economy. This is one of Hypatia's Five in a Row books.

Tikki Tikki Tembo is a funny story of a boy with a very long name, and how hard it was for his little brother to explain what had happened to him when he had to say that whole long name. This is a classic book.

Diary of a Wombat was one of Carbon's independent reading books, and it started off boring him and frustrating him with its odd handwritten font (he struggles to read different fonts still), but ended with him laughing and loving it.

Hey Willy, See the Pyramids is random and odd, but still fun.

Stuck is a silly and funny story of a kite that gets stuck in a tree, so the boy throws his shoe, then his other shoe, then ... well it gets really silly by the end after he's thrown all sorts of crazy stuff to get stuck in the tree.

Silverwing is an adventure story of a young runt bat, and the beginning of a series. The kids loved it, but I was pretty sure it had inaccurate information in it about bats. So we had to follow it up with a pile of non-fiction books about bats! But they loved it, and want to follow it up with the sequels.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle is delightful, and Hypatia loved it.

And for a more realistic mouse story, we also had Poppy, which is another delightful story of a brave little mouse.

The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World is another tale of odd boys with big dreams and strong friendships, and Carbon loved it.

And Hypatia enjoyed More Perfect Than the Moon and was inspired to want to be a writer and keep a journal after listening to it.

For St. Patrick's Day, we've enjoyed the treasury of Irish stories, poems, and songs A Pot o' Gold.

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