I finally finished Wormwood Forest and it was good through the end. Fascinating is the only word to describe it; the science, the political issues, the history. Highly recommend - especially (I'll say it again) to high school science students.
I'm now reading The Monuments Men which is off to a great start. I hope I'll be able to share this one with my 13yo when she begins her World War II studies in a month or so. That reading list is growing by the day.
I just downloaded Summer of My German Soldier to start us off. I read this at 13 too. This one we will read together.
She just (independently) read The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Interrupted Tale. I hoped the mystery would be wrapped up in this book, for I fear that she might be aging out of this series. She didn't understand that at all. She's quite happy to have another book to look forward to.
My son and I are reading Charlotte's Web together. Sigh. It's just perfect, isn't it? I read this book at age 8 and read it over and over for years. If I had an endless supply of money, I would built a barn just to hold a swing like Mr. Zuckerman's. It's morbid and amusing, though, every time we pick up the book, I brace my sensitive little boy, (Spoiler alert!) "Now remember, Charlotte DIES." I remember being so traumatized that no one had warned me and I'm sure some of you will be horrified that I ruined the ending, but trust me to know my boy and how he would handle that turn of events.
We also just finished King Oberon's Forest, Hilda van Stockum's fairy tale about three grumpy dwarfs who take in an little fairy orphan. It was sweet and charming and my boy loved it. (Side note: do you prefer dwarves or dwarfs? I autoincorrected to 'dwarves' through the reading, thank you Tolkien.)
We followed up Thomas Jefferson's America with Thomas Jefferson (Childhood of Famous Americans) and wow, it was a big hit. It's the perfect reading level for my 3rd grader and he really absorbed the story, which is something we sometimes struggle with. Don't you think I should follow all that up with a trip to Monticello this spring? See above: endless supply of money.
Baseball season began yesterday and the schedule filled up through the spring. A busy Saturday awaits me! I hope you enjoy your weekend, friends!
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