Chronicling the books we read to our children (and perhaps the books they read themselves). Can we read 500 before they turn 12? Only time will tell.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Read to Julia, February 9, 2005

Three library books tonight:

Aurora: A Tale of the Northern Lights by Mindy Dwyer. An original tale about the origin of the Northern Lights. Aurora is a young girl longing for adventure. She follows the caribou over the horizon, collecting colors along the way until she finds a land of darkness, where she releases the lights in her pocket.

Julia has never seen the Northern Lights, so I don’t know if this makes much sense to her. She liked the illustrations a lot, though.

Sleepy Bears by Mem Fox, illustrated by Kerry Argent. Mama Bear puts each of her six cubs to sleep with a rhyme about their fondest dreams. A nice bedtime book. We own Koala Lou by the same author.

”I Remember!” Cried Grandma Pinky by Jan Wahl, pictures by Arden Johnson. Grandma Pinky comes to visit Nutmeg and her family for the week. Each day she tells a tale of her long-ago youth, beginning each one by crying “I remember!” Each day she also manages to forget something in the recent past – where she put her glasses, when she should take the pie out of the oven. Sweetly written, and makes its point without beating you over the head with it. The illustrations leave something to be desired, however. We own The Furious Flycycle by the same author, which is a wonderful story for slightly older readers (a little longer than Magic Treehouse, a little shorter than Stone Fox).

Kristen and Jaymie continue to read Bed-knob and Broomstick by Mary Norton.


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