Julie Andrews’ Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year

I personally love poetry anthologies, and I have searched for something my son would also enjoy so he could learn to appreciate poetry as I do. We may have found a winner! Julie Andrews’ Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year (Little, Brown and Company, 2012) is a poetry anthology organized by month. Each season of the year and specific holidays have poems, and the pages are illustrated by Marjorie Priceman with child-friendly bright watercolor paintings. Continue Reading

Living Books for History: Early Colonists

I was able to time our American History learning to correlate to the Thanksgiving Holiday! We recently finished learning about the pilgrims, which works out very well for us since we’re taking the next week slow, as a holiday from lots of school work.

Before we got the pilgrims, though, we read a few books about Roanoke and Jamestown. Continue Reading

(Cybils 2012) Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown

I read a number of Cybils nominees again this week, but today I bring you just one. It is unlike any other picture book I’ve read this year!

In a bizarre twist of storytelling, Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown (Simon and Schuster 2012) is a ridiculous story about carrots who trick a bunny in to not eating them. Jasper Rabbit loves to eat the carrots at Crackenhopper Field, but when he starts feeling himself being followed by the creepy carrots, he finds a solution that will keep them there! A perfect spooky-ish story, it’s also ridiculously funny. Raisin loved reading it with me, and walked around for days talking about “creepy carrots” everywhere he pretended to see them. The pictures are mostly monotone, except for those splashes of orange that represent the carrots. A delightful story for kids.

Happy Thanksgiving for my USA friends! I hope your turkeys, pumpkins, and carrots don’t start creeping around after you!

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper created an American heritage in his historical fiction novels of the American frontier. For that reason alone I would be glad to say I’ve finally read one of his works. The Last of the Mohicans (first published in 1826) is a romanticized story of the dying days of the Native American culture. Taking place during the French and Indian Wars (also called the Seven Years’ War), The Last of the Mohicans places a few Americans in the midst of a forest full of blood-thirsty Indians. Only with the help of the all-American hero, Natty Bumpo called Hawkeye, do the Americans have any chance of making it through the wilds of America alive.Continue Reading