Storytime: Summer 2013

  • Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder We are kicking off our summer reading with a perennial favorite. The boys have been perusing The Little House Cookbook (pray for me!) and talking about Laura and Mary. So, I dusted off the cds, popped some popcorn and we went back to the woods of Wisconsin. Such good stuff.
  • Make Way for Ducklings, Robert McCloskey I purchased this book after our trip to Boston last summer, but for some reason the boys did not want to read it. Jude picked it this week and loved it. He recites the names of the ducklings over and over. His favorite one is “Quack”.
  • Eggs for the Hunting, Reg Down Tiptoes was the surprise hit of the year for us. This one takes place in early spring/Eastertide. It is a wonderful blending of stories about new beginnings. I have it in my planner to read during April next year.
  • The Tales of Tiptoes Lightly, Reg Down One Tiptoes Lightly book was not enough. We went back and read this volume again, and enjoyed it just as much as the first time. The characters are darling and it is fun to see what they get up.
  • Eloise, Kay Thompson Do I dare admit I had never read this classic before? It’s true. Both boys enjoyed it, but Jude liked it a little too much. I think he found himself a kindred spirit in Miss Eloise.
  • The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan I had such high hopes for this book/series. We listened to the audio version, and I don’t know if the slight “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” tone of the narrator’s voice was what made me cringe or if it was the writing itself. I found the dialogue awful and the plot not strong enough to make up for it. All I know is that I am so glad Vincent liked the story enough to actually pick up the book version so he could speed along to the end. Now I am spared listening to the last 3 cds. I won’t be encouraging the other books in this series. Am I the only one who didn’t like this book? Please tell me that is not true!

One thought on “Storytime: Summer 2013

  1. I re-read all of the Little House books this year. A friend also lent me the cookbook. I read the memoir “The Wilder Life,” which was really humorous. Enjoy your time in the Wisconsin woods. I never did make anything from the cookbook, though, so I am interested to see what you experiment with. Vinegar pie, perhaps?

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