Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Books for 2/26/13

This book is delightful! Lots of fun words to build your child's vocabulary and a surprise ending where the main character is surprised! It shows the power of a feminine heart who believes everyone is good. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I just discovered Robert San Souci's works. This one by him is a little bit strange. Good gets good in the end and evil is rewarded with evil, but one of the scenes is a little disturbing, where the old lady takes her head off and combs her hair. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

This is a charming story about a brother/sister pair. I loved it how they learn to appreciate each other's interests and learn to get along better. 5 out of 5 stars!

I finally got this book! I am having a hard time making the time to read it though. Now that my youngest is weaned I just don't sit down much to read to myself. Maybe I can get it in audio?

I read this to my older kids when they were young and now I am reading it to the littles, especially in the morning when they do dishes. It is a thrilling adventure during World War II. We have so much snow this winter I figured it would be fun to read about a snow story.

Ooooh, I love this story! It is a true story about a family who lived on a ship, and did ship-schooling (homeschooling on a ship). They had a bunch of children and the dad was the captain so they lived with him on the ship. I love the little scenario about celebrating Christmas. A heart-warming story! 5 out of 5 stars!

Every morning I have the littles read aloud to me as part of our homeschool. This is the first "chapter book" they have read! They are 18 months apart and on the same beginning reading level so we are having fun exploring I Can Read books. I loved this story! It's about a Swedish family who settles in Minnesota and their first winter. I love that it mentions God and shows the family praying to him. It made me wonder about my own Swedish ancestors. My maternal grandfather's mother's both lines are all from Sweden. Did they come during the massive wave of Swedish immigrants during the late 1800s? I don't know, but I am excited to find out. I love simple books like this that connect to me and get me thinking about my own life. 5 out of 5 stars.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Books for 2/9/13

I read this book and enjoyed it. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I like the premise, it's basically the law of the harvest: you reap what you sow, or what you put out comes back to you. It's a business book but you can also apply it to relationships.

This book tells of some odd adventures of a brother and sister bear. It's rather far-fetched, but it's a good way to explore the idea of what the whole truth is versus the technical truth. The sister bear gets into trouble for not following the whole truth. Brother bear gets into trouble for being irresponsible. I like that it shows the two recognizing their mistakes and fixing them, This would be a great story to read to kids to talk about honesty and responsibility.

I love picture books like this that are based on true stories of bravery, with beautiful illustrations. This is a great story of a young girl living in Iowa in the 1800s who saves many lives. I love it already, even though I haven't finished reading it to the littles. 

This one is really fun. A great lesson in superlatives that will also make you laugh out loud. I love the illustrations with the little jokes based on the pets in the background. I had fun doing different voices with this one as I read it aloud to the littles. It's great to find light-hearted books that just make you laugh!

Dear husband finished reading this one to the littles (7 yog and 8 yob) last night. They loved it! I haven't read any of them but everybody I respect loves Tolkien. Except for me. I just can't read books where I can't pronounce the character names easily. But I wholeheartedly support these books because it seems like he was a great guy, a great influence on his buddy C.S. Lewis, and a good Christian and put Christian symbolism in his books. So go for it if you like his books!