Storytime: School Year 2012-2013

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  • Raggedy Andy, Johnny Gruelle – My boys are enraptured with the Raggedy stories. (We read Raggedy Ann over the summer.) Jude honestly laughed until he cried at one of Raggedy Andy’s adventures. Such simple, silly stories. I think early 20th century is my favorite time period for children’s literature. Lots of handwork has been inspired by both books. We made stuffed teddy bears and raccoons, but the boys still want to make a rag doll, so I ordered this – shh . . . it’s a surprise!
  • The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams – My parents gave me my copy of this book for Easter 1990. I just got around to reading it to the boys, but it was worth the wait. It was so quiet during the last half of the book, you could have heard a pin drop. We read it in one sitting. Great pick for those children who have a special stuffed animal in their life.
  • The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame – We listened to this book every afternoon for a week, while I had bronchitis. Martin Jarvis, the narrator, was spectacular doing different voices for different characters. I want to remember to read this again for grade 2.
  • The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, Beatrix Potter – We are slowly working our way through all the Beatrix Potter tales. I love her illustrations and highly recommend this biography.
  • The Wheel on the School, Meindert DeJong  This was a nice long novel to sink into – it basically took us all of September to read it. Vincent loved it. Jude enjoyed it too. The theme of healing in both individual relationships and throughout the whole community is simultaneously strong and subtle.
  • The Story of May, Mordicai Gerstein – I don’t know if this is a Waldorf book or not, but the story of the year is told in a very Waldorfy-way. Lavish illustrations anchor the story of May’s journey through the twelve months, each one personified by one of her relatives.
  • Ramona and her Mother, Beverly Cleary – Beverly Cleary is a perennial favorite at our house. Ramona being the most beloved of all her characters. I came upon a cache of Ramona books at a recent library sale and all of them went on the read aloud shelf. Expect more of these to come.
  • Ramona the Brave, Beverly Cleary – What more can I say about Ramona? Either you love her or you hate her, and in this house she is a favorite.
  • A Bear Called Paddington, Michael Bond – Yet another classic that I had never read. Both boys liked the simple and funny scrapes that Paddington encountered. I’m sure we will be reading more adventures of this little guy.
  • Henry and Ribsy, Beverly Cleary – As far as favorite characters go, Henry Huggins is probably a runner-up to Ramona. Both my boys love Henry’s adventures with his beloved dog Ribsy.
  • Ralph S. Mouse, Beverly Cleary – Oh my, someone bought too many Beverly Cleary titles at the big library sale!! We read The Mouse and the Motorcycle last year and I love to spread out a series. We enjoyed this second installment just as much as the first. Very fun.
  • Henry and the Clubhouse, Beverly Cleary – I found this to be the most heartwarming and inspiring of all the Henry Huggins books we have read so far, however I can’t really say much else about the residents of Klickitat Street. I’m glad we are moving on to some holiday picks for storytime. Between me and you, I hope Ms. Cleary did not pen any Christmas books.
  • Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder – This is our second time through this series. We got a little zealous when Vincent was in grade 3 and listened to all the books. This time around we are going to listen to one a year, as suggested in many Waldorf circles. I purchased the audio books because the narrator, Cherry Jones, is just spectacular. The only down side to Little House is that it invigorates Vincent’s fascination with pioneer cooking. Think fatty meats, breads and cakes made with no leavening and lots and lots of baked beans.
  • Beezus and Ramona, Beverly Cleary – The boys wanted to squeeze in another Ramona before we moved onto our long novel in February. All I can say is I enjoyed our break from Ramona and friends over December, but did enjoy this quick installment. Ramona really is larger than life to my boys. This is a good thing.
  • Anne of Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery – I never read this series as a girl, and I am so glad I am reading it as an adult with my boys. It is just about perfect. I don’t really know what else to say. If you’ve never read it – read it now. And if you have, read it again. Anne is a wonderful antidote to the dreariness of winter.
  • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Betty MacDonald – The boys laughed out loud through this entire audio book. The parenting tactics Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle advocates may seem dated, but then again they might just be what we modern parents need tp hear. This was funny, cute and a nice way to spend a few hours during a particularly cold week in March.
  • Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Betty MacDonald – What can I say? The boys love a series. I personally thought the previous book was better, as this one resorts to magic to cure such childhood ailments as bullying, gossiping and procrastinating.
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw, Beverly Cleary – This book won the Newberry Medal, and I’m not sure quite sure why. It was written in 1983 and explores the subject of divorce from the child’s perspective. The boys seemed to enjoy it, but I thought it seemed dated and trite. I did like like that fact that it was an epistolary novel, as that is a favorite form of mine.

2 thoughts on “Storytime: School Year 2012-2013

  1. How did I miss this new button feature?

    can you please tell me what exact Velveteen Rabbit book you have?

    Dinah just asked the tooth fairy for her one and only one question about magic — “Are stuffed animals real?” I liked the fairy’s answer (:

    Dinah would love this story However, there are a lot of junky editions out there.

    • I just added it this weekend.

      The one I have is in a slipcase, published by Doubleday with the original art by William Nicholson. And as it was an Easter present from 1990 (!) it doesn’t have an ISBN.

      I always go by the illustrations when I am trying to pick an edition.

      Oh, this would be the perfect story for her given her question to the tooth fairy.

      LMK how she likes it.

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