July 23, 2009

What my children are reading this week

"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet."
— Lady Montagu, providing advice on raising her granddaughter, 1752

Robotson and I started his book club book this week, Harriet the Spy. I must admit, it's rather boring compared to Harry Potter! We were reading for up to two hours a day during our Harry-a-thon, but I can barely get through an hour of Harriet. Robotson isn't complaining. I guess that's what really matters. He told me he didn't think Harriet was very nice because she calls people "ugly" all the time. I agree, she's not very nice, but then again kids aren't always nice. They sort of tell it like it is unless they are taught better ways of thinking. Her parents aren't that great, and the one positive influence in her life leaves after seven chapters. The other moms in the book club have told me that it doesn't get any better by the end. Oh well. You have to read a wide variety of literature to be able to distinguish the great from the mediocre. I'll be happy to move on to our next selection. I still plan to read a few nonfiction selections over the next month or so.

On recommendation from Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns, we checked out The Little Engine That Could from our library. It took a couple of reads for the girls to get into it, but Funny Girl has grown quite fond of it.

We also read A Tree for Emmy, about a girl who loves her Gramma's mimosa tree and wants one for her birthday. She's disappointed when it turns out that no one sells them because they are wild trees. She soon finds a baby tree that she takes home to plant under her window. It's a cute book and I like the descriptions of the tree.

Piece=Part=Portion is an introduction to fractions. It's quite a bit above my girls math abilities right now, but they like the pictures and the repetition.


  1. Thanks for the recommendations! Piece = Part = Portion sounds like something Gamma might enjoy! Our weekly input is at http://www.secularhomeschool.eu/?p=250

  2. I am glad that your girls liked The Little Engine That Could. We switched to ocean theme, and I looked far and wide for the book that you recommended, but no luck in our library :(

  3. Raising a Happy Child- bummer!