Books We Listened to on Our Trip

Dear Reader,

So we have spent the last three weeks running all over the country (well, not all over, ut it feels like that). Two weeks of the three were unplanned due to a family situation. Fortunately, I just checked out a bunch of audio books from the library. This is our entertainment on long trips, or even short ones. We never did the movies in the car thing.

The books we listened to this time were all hits. The first was the Gooneybird Greene collection by Lois Lowry. She is known for some more serious books. But this set was light-hearted, easy to understand and perfect for a long car ride. My older children thought it was hilarious and even my five-year-old who usually zones out could understand what was happening. It even has some educational value, teaching kids about story and poem writing.

The second book was the Penderwicks at Pointe Moulette. This is the third in the Penderwicks series and I had specifically requested it because we enjoyed the first two so much. This is one of those books where kids end up having to cope on their own a lot of the time. There are adults in the book but due to a honeymoon and a severely sprained ankle, the kids end up doing a lot on their own. Nonetheless, there is a string sense of family which I like. The book does deal with a divorced mom (not one of the main characters) who didn’t tell her ex they had a son. And a first crush for one of the Penderwick girls. So if these aren’t topics you want to deal with maybe it isn’t the book for you. But I did not mind the way these topics were dealt with. If anything, the way the crush was handled allows me to say to my daughter, “See, crushes make people silly but we need to watch ourselves and think more.”

The last book we completed was Emily’s Fortune. This is another fun one that all the kids could relate too. My 7yo boy especially loved it. It is set in olden days (not really specific but in horse and carriage days and stagecoach times). It is about an orphaned little girl who inherits a fortune and must get to her loving aunt before her evil uncle catches her. It features the Catchem Child Catching Services. How can you miss with a name like that? Not much educational value here, but lots of laughs. Good wins over evil. People stick up for each other. If it never was an older style Disney movie (think the Apple Dumpling Gang or Pete’s Dragon), it should have been.

We managed to get through the first disk of Treasure Island too. The little ones don’t seem to follow the language, but the older too can, and I am pleased to find that the action keeps going at a quick paces and that the language stretches our minds a bit.

Nebby

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3 responses to this post.

  1. We have loved the Penerwick books. Haven’t seen this one yet, so thanks for letting me know about it!

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  2. […] but these ones are light-hearted and fun. And the Gooney Bird books are educational too. See this post or this one for more […]

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  3. […] highlights the silliness of it and makes it very entertaining. The book it most reminds me of is Gooney Bird Greene by Lois […]

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