Posted by Kathleen Lollar on 4th May 2017
Imagine that you’re 12 years old, you’re faithful to complete your chores every day, and one of your hens lays an unusually large, oddly textured egg. The mystery ensues as we wait and wait to see what actually hatches from “The Enormous Egg”. Once it hatches, then the adventure truly begins on discovering what it is and how to adequately care for it.
I would recommend this book for the pre-teen reader. The storyline moves quickly and is adept at keeping your interest (even kept mine…a little past my pre-teen’s). Loved the illustrations by Louis Darling.
It could be a fun assignment to have your child write out their own story based on my first paragraph, above, before reading Oliver Butterworth’s version. If your child writes a story, bring it by Salt & Light Learning. I’d love to read it!
My Brothers' Flying Machine; Wilbur, Orville and Meby Jane Yolen Paintings by Jim Burke This book, another gem by the incomparable Jane Yolen, is based on the true story of Orville and Wilbur Wright and their little sister, Katherine. Orville himself said, "When the world speaks of the Wrights, it must include our sister. Much of our effort has been inspired by [...]
"By the Great Horn Spoon", by Sid Fleischman, 1963 "By the Great Horn Spoon" is a fun, positive story about two characters heading for the California Gold Fields in 1849. Jack, an orphan boy who lives with his Aunt in Boston, stows away on a steamer for California with their butler, Praiseworthy. They run into any number of [...]
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George.Reviewed by Chris KellyThis Newbery Honor book is a story of a boy (Sam) who goes to live alone in the Catskill Mountains of New York, learning the skills required to live in the woods. Attractive to younger readers, the book is loaded with details of finding and catching food, building shelter and [...]
Petunia by Roger Duvoisin Petunia is a silly goose. When she finds a book lying in the meadow one day, she recalls having heard somewhere that "He who owns Books and loves them is wise." Being silly AND a goose, Petunia believes that if she only loves her Book, she will finally be wise. As she swims with the [...]
The Wind in the Willows By Kenneth GrahameA book review by Chris KellyThe Wind in the Willows (by Kenneth Grahame) is one of my favorite books. Read to children, read by children and fondly recalled by adults, it is a collection of stories about several animal characters you will come to admire. Each character is unique, with nobility and [...]
A House is a House For Meby Mary Ann HobermanIllustrated by Betty FraserWe first discovered this fantastic book through A Child's Geography; Explore His Earth- it was recommended to accompany chapter one's lesson; every person, everywhere, has a home.This book is now a family favorite!With clever, fast-paced rhyming, Hoberman weaves such word pictures that the [...]
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