Books We Have Read Recently

Dear Reader,

Truthfully, some of these are books we have listened to. We get through a lot of stories while driving around in the car.

We revisited Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting recently. We only listened to the first book, but I recommend them all (at least all I’ve run across so far). The little ones can understand them and yet the bigger ones are still entertained. And you have to love the Push-me-Pull-you.

We have listened to two books by Richard Peck, A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder. The second is a sequel to the first. Truthfully, I did not think the second one was as good. It seemed more like disconnected chapters and had less of a thread running through it. But both are amusing and worth listening to. They give a good picture or rural life during the Depression. The grandmother in the book does things of questionable morality. But since her grandkids seem to realize this and it is commented upon,  this bothers me less than if these things were just done with no notice.

We are currently reading Hans Brinker while kids eat lunch (can you say “captive audience”?). It is much thicker than I expected. Lots of details and historical information about Holland. I am kind of surprised how accepting my kids have been of all that. Maybe they are just tuning it out; I don’t know. But as long as they don’t object I am going to keep going with it. They do seem to be aware of the plot when the narrative does more forward so I don’t think they are ignoring me altogether. This would be a great living book for older kids learning about the Netherlands. For mine it is still a bit dense for them to really take in a lot.

What about you? Read any good books lately?



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