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Oceans of Possibilities

The Summer Reading Program theme this year is “Oceans of Possibilities.” There is so much to incorporate with this theme that the possibilities are endless. You could read: swash-buckling adventures of infamous pirates or privateers, science fiction tales of sailing…

The Wise Woman

George MacDonald’s The Wise Woman, also known as, A Double Story is a timeless, moral fairy tale rich in virtue. How can arrogant and entitled parents raise a child to be selfless, patient, caring, and kind? As she grew up,…

National Fairy Tale Day

Let me introduce you to my newest literature guide! Anthology of Wonder: Repentance Features the classic French fairy tale: “Blondine, Bonne-Biche, and Beau-Minon.” …

An Unkindness of Ravens

Collective Nouns My daughter’s English class’ content covered collective nouns. Is there a collective noun for Boston Terriers? I offer to the world: a snorgle of Bostons. (Snore plus grumble equals snorgle.) How many collective nouns do you know? A…

Children Stories

I thought I would share a few resources for classic children stories. By classic: I mean Aesop fables, tales of the Greeks and Romans, and fairy tales. Web The German Project: Well-known children’s stories translated into German and spoken by…

Booker T. Washington

Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington, © 1901 Reading Level: 1320 Lexile I recently completed Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington, which has been on my to-read list for quite awhile now. Earlier this year I read Narrative…

Spoonerisms

The American Heritage Dictionary defines spoonerism as: “a transposition of sounds of two or more words, especially a ludicrous one.” While on an outing with my family, I recalled a time when my uncle recited a famous story from the…

The Lamplighter

The Lamplighter by Maria S. Cummins, © 1854 Reading Level: 9th Grade Because I lately reviewed, King Solomon’s Mines which is a very masculine book, I decided that I should review a feminine one. I typically focus on books that cultivate…

Waxwing Books

Congratulations to Read Aloud Revival! I received a teaser announcement from Sarah Mackenzie this morning concerning the launch of her own imprint for children’s picture books, called Waxwing Books. I find this super exciting because I greatly value her perspective,…

Where Have All the Tomboys Gone?

I read an article by the Federalist 1 about how the transgender industry is negatively impacting the existence of tomboys. When I think of tomboys, a few famous characters stand out such as: Joe March, Laura Ingalls, Éowyn, and Nancy…

The Wingfeather Saga

The Wingfeather Saga: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness & North! Or Be Eaten By Andrew Peterson © 2020 Reading Level: 6th grade Introduction I stumbled across a negative rating of the Wingfeather Saga. Why would someone…

Audiobooks

Audiobooks are ubiquitous in my household. Why? Firstly, my husband commutes to work and enjoys listening to either podcasts or books during his drive. Secondly, my daughter is extremely dyslexic, had practically no phonological awareness (even though we drilled the…