Homer Price by Robert McCloskey (originally published 1943) is a classic about a clever small town boy. Over the course of the six stories in the volume, the reader discovers a bit of hilarity about small town living in the middle of the century America. I loved the fact that although it was somewhat realistic, the extreme and hilarious solutions to Homer’s situations bordered on ridiculous!Continue Reading
In Illinois, there is a student vote on favorite books for Kindergarten through third graders called the Monarch awards. Although Raisin is not in public school in which the voting takes place, he has enjoyed browsing the shelves at the library for new favorites! Here are three that I really enjoyed too.Continue Reading
A Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli (originally written 1949) is a true classic about a young boy meant to be a knight but recently disabled in an unfortunately illness. It was a Newbery winner from the earlier years of the award. The medieval setting was perfectly created, and I loved the inherent message of goodness in the book, but I suspect that despite it’s slim size, it is a tricky book to get young children interested in during this day and age.Continue Reading
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes is a realistic volume detailing the ordinary events in one second grader’s year. I loved how the most ordinary difficulties were the subject of Billy’s story. In this year, Billy learned overcome worries about his own abilities in school, dealing with the conflicts he feels with his young sister, and his relationship with the world as a 7-going-on-8 child. Since my son also is seven-nearly-eight and he too has a three-year-old sister, I felt like this book came at the perfect time for him. He really enjoyed it, staying up way past bedtime in order to finish it and see just how Billy’s year ended up.