Monday, October 1, 2012

Two Bright Shillings

This book by Evelyn Everrett Green will be required reading for our children.  Two orphan boys are given a shilling each for a job, and the decision they each make regarding their shilling gives insight into their character and affects the rest of their lives.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


"I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like."

So wrote Jane Austen when she began to write Emma.

I have found the characters to be richer each time I read it, the lessons in sincerity, common courtesy, nobility, delicacy as poignant each time.  True gentility is outlined here as a heart condition.  While most of Austen's works need a scandal or alarm to hold them up, this one stands on its own feet by sheer merit.  This is a favourite.

Monday, August 27, 2012

My Father's Dragon

It seems to be a general rule that, the more nonsense a book contains, the more children love it.  This sort of charming nonsense is child-logic nonsense, and this nonsense seems to appeal to a child's sense more than others.  This book contains more than its fair share of the unbelievable, and a fair bit more excitement.  My Father's Dragon was a book that we sat and read in one sitting.  The children were riveted with wide-eyed wonder.  You can also download an audio file for it.
Read how the author's father searches for a dragon, tames a lion with ribbons and crocodiles with lollipops.  Feel the suspense mount as the animals on the island begin to piece together that SOMEONE has penetrated their domain.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Sniff Snuff Snap

Lynley Dodd knows how to write in rhyme, and Sniff Snuff Snap is no  exception. It is our favourite of Lynley Dodd's works.  The repetition is always picked up with great enthusiasm, and the climax of the story brings a poignant character lesson.  I know this book by heart, but I haven't tired of it, yet.

Commotion in the Ocean

Like its sibling, Rumble in the Jungle, this book of Giles Andreae's is delightful in its personification of animals.  Commotion in the Ocean contains some wonderful personifications that are enormously fun to read aloud.  On each page there are not only the creatures introduced, but we enjoy hunting for the three starfish on each page, just as we hunted for the three ants in the jungle.  The poetry is rhythmic, the rhymes are charming, and there are the quaint, the quirky, and the queerest creatures for the kids to meet.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're going on the bear hunt... again.  We know this book by heart, and so do our kids, but nothing has detracted from the joy of the repetition, the thrill of the hunt, and excitement of the finale.

Rumble in the Jungle

Rumble in the Jungle is a favourite.  In time, we will know this book by heart, as we know We're Going on a Bear Hunt.
The poetry is good, the rhythm is easy to read, and the rhymes are delightful.  Definitely a book to be read with expression!