Friday, April 8, 2011

What My Child is Reading: April 3 - 9

J continued to enjoy A Mighty Fortress by David Weber, the last novel in the Safehold series. It's a "lengthy" book and took a few weeks for him to finish. He started Animal Farm by George Orwell for his Literature Studies. He's read this one before, but wanted to reread it. Glencoe Literature describes Animal Farm as:

A masterpiece of political satire, Animal Farm is a tale of oppressed individuals who long for freedom but ultimately are corrupted by assuming the very power that had originally oppressed them. The story traces the deplorable conditions of mistreated animals—animals who can speak and who exhibit many human characteristics. After extreme negligence by their owner, the animals revolt and expel Mr. Jones and his wife from the farm. The tale of the society the animals form and its deterioration into a totalitarian regime is generally viewed as Orwell's critique of the Communist system in the former Soviet Union.

C finished up Brighty: Of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry, and, since I haven't been able to spend a lot of time reading it aloud, continued on with Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lingren and Stuart Little by E.B. White.  Amazon describes Pippl Longstocking as:

Pippi is an irrepressible, irreverent, and irrefutably delightful girl who lives alone (with a monkey) in her wacky house, Villa Villekulla. When she's not dancing with the burglars who were just trying to rob her house, she's attempting to learn the "pluttification" tables at school; fighting Adolf, the strongest man in the world at the circus; or playing tag with police officers. Pippi's high-spirited, good-natured hijinks cause as much trouble as fun, but a more generous child you won't find anywhere.

And Amazon describes Stuart Little as: 

How terribly surprised the Little family must have been when their second child turned out to be a small mouse. Apparently familiar with the axiom that "when in New York City, anything can happen," the Littles accept young Stuart into their family unquestioningly--with the exception of Snowbell the cat who is unable to overcome his instinctive dislike for the little mouse. They build him a bed from a matchbox, and supply him with all of the accoutrements a young mouse could need. Mrs. Little even fashions him a suit, because baby clothes would obviously be unsuitable for such a sophisticated mouse. In return, Stuart helps his tall family with errant Ping-Pong balls that roll outside of their reach.

S will be spending QUITE a long time on his Hooked on Phonics: Learn to Read books - there are many! - as well as Bob Books, Learning Language Arts Through Literature Blue readers and Progressive Phonics readers, but I added in some fun, less "curriculum" books that we read together.

And I read these books to the kids during our reading times:

What's your child reading?


  1. your makeover looks great! Your family sounds like my family when it comes to books. We bibliophiles need to stick together!!

  2. I really like the cover of the But I Waaannt it! book :)

  3. Great list of books! Several Pippi books were on our list this week too.

  4. Gotta love Pippi! We are going to study Helen Keller this week. Check out the DVD The Miracle Worker.


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