Saturday, January 8, 2011

reading with a little one

This is Heidi's favorite way to read:

We are reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  This was one of Eddy's favorite books around Heidi's age.  He loved the part where the caterpillar is no longer a little caterpillar but a Great Big Fat Caterpillar!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Prince Caspian

With the arrival of a new Chronicles of Narnia movie, I wanted to watch the previous two movies so that I would be caught up with the characters;-)  That led to watching the special features and in the features for Prince Caspian there is the option to watch the movie with pop up blurbs of trivia about C. S. Lewis.  Did you know that he wrote the Chronicles of Narnia books when he was in his 50s?  And that one of the reasons he wrote the books was because he was concerned about the manners of children of his day?  My, oh, my what would he say about the manners of today's children?

Well, after watching the movies and seeing the blurbs, I wanted to read the books again.  I'd read them a long, long, long, time ago in my high school days so remembered to general story line but not all of the details.  As almost always, the books are so much better!  I'm almost finished with Prince Caspian and have The Magician's Nephew waiting nearby.  Some of the unanswered questions that I had from the movies are answered clearly in the books.  For instance, why is Queen Susan called The Gentle?  She didn't seem very gentle in the movie!  Well, the book gives very clear explanation!  And did Lucy really see Aslan when they were standing by the gorge?  You have to read it to really understand!

So, I'm off to finish up some things about the house and hopefully to sneak in a little more reading!


The Swiss Family Robinson

The Swiss Family Robinson
by Johann David Wyss
Great Illustrated Classics series


Once 6 people crashed on an island.  They stayed there and made a living.  They saw every animal on the island.  They even ate some of the animals, shot a shark, shot a snake, did fun things, and had a lot of bad times!

     Once they met a girl.  Fritz wanted to marry her!  One day a ship came and stayed there 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 days!  Emily wanted to go back with them so Fritz and Francis left with Emily.  The mom, dad, Jack, and Ernest stayed at the island.

     The End!  Oh man!

**just noticed how much Eddy uses !!!!!  Must run in our blood!!!!! ;-)

Monday, January 3, 2011

J.R.R. Tolkien Day

January 3, 2011

It's J.R.R. Tolkien Day!!!!!!! We are going to learn a little about Tolkien today and then load up on books, poetry, and movies on Library day. The Hobbit is a fantabulous story. Wish we had time to read it all tomorrow! Probably could if that's all we did all day. . .hmmmm. . .we'd only miss school. . .I'm tempted;-) don't worry. . .I always do the right thing. . .yes, I'm kinda boring. . .

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Be on your toes!

Well, this post is not about an actual book but it does involve a lot of reading and thinking.  It's a new game that Gramma gave Eddy for Christmas.  We love it!  It's a challenge for the 7 year old all the way up to the adults--not telling how old we are;-)-- AND anyone can win.  Truly win.  We don't have to go easy on the little guy.  In fact, I think he should go easy on me next time!

Come play with us if you want to try it out!  We'll make popcorn and hot chocolate!

oops. . .almost forgot the name of the game--it's way too late for me to be up. . .Fluxx.  Check it out!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days
by Jules Verne
Great Illustrated Classics series

     Once there was a guy who made a bet with a guy.  The bet was if Phileas Fogg got around the world in 80 days or less he would get 20,000 pounds!

     Phileas Fogg had troubles because ships left before he was there!  Fogg met a guy named Fix! Fix tried to stop Fogg but Fogg always got away.  Fogg got to where his home was.  It was a happy ending.