(The amber bracelet was an act of desperation. It did not do anything for us but look cute. I couldn't be happier if it works for you.)
One of my favorite aspects of keeping this blog is the ability to look back at our reading history. I'm going to try and catch up this morning. Fortunately there's been a lot of rereading happening.
My 13 yo daughter: To Kill a Mockingbird. I think she's read it 8 times in the last six weeks. I read it at the same age and loved it, but not that much. I think she would say it is her favorite book of all time. I'm forcing her to read Across Five Aprils as a part of her history studies, but it's grim - I think? I haven't read it and she's not enjoying it a bit.
Together: I'm reading The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate with my not-so-baby girl. Perfect book for a budding naturalist. We love it. I can't wholeheartedly endorse it until we finish, but so far it's nudging its way into my top 25. Why though - why do so many books for girls disparage traditional feminine tasks like sewing and knitting? Pet peeve.
My 9 yo son: We finished the first three Harry Potter books and inadvertently started them again. We also finished Farmer Boy and the accompanying composition work from Memoria Press. That's been one of the highlights of the year for me. Farmer Boy is a wonderful book and it was perfect to read with him at this age.
My son and I supposed to be reading The Burgess Bird Book but I cannot ever find it. To the point where it's ridiculous. I read one chapter and the thing disappears. I think it must fall between the bed and the wall in his room (with the amber bracelet now that I think about it!). My son still loves birds AND Peter Rabbit so I really wish we could read this more regularly. I thought about downloading it on my Kindle but I'm convinced I would then lose the Kindle.
Next up: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. This also accompanies the composition book. And it's particularly exciting because.... I get a Christmas pageant this year!! When we decided to homeschool the one thing I regret (for myself) is that I would never get to see my little babies on stage in a Christmas pageant. But our RE program puts one on and my son is Reader One! Reader One! Can you believe it?? (And I'm sort of glossing over my daughter's annual appearance in an elaborate Christmas pageant of sorts because it's not the same thing. Also glossing over the probablity of most schools putting on Christmas pageants these days. Please say the still do?)
The Baby: The Foot Book. Oh my goodness, she loves this book. Mr. Brown is good too, but doesn't hold a candle to The Foot Book. I read (and watched) this piece at Melissa Wiley's yesterday on the development of Brown Bear and it fascinated me because, and this feels icky to say now, I never cared for the very rhythm of those books. So much so that I gave them away. I remember the rhythm well and can't remember why it bothered me but I find it soothing and familiar now. I'm anxious to revisit them.
Me: I ordered The Language of Flowers yesterday and read it for a couple of hours beside the baby as she slept. I can't remember who recommended it to me probably because there were several of you. I typically enjoy non-fiction more than fiction and children's fiction over adult fiction, so all things considered this is not a book I'd choose on my own, but I am not having a hard time picking it up!