500by12

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.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Christmas books

Well, we've been reading Christmas books all month. This has been an exceptionally busy December. Jaymie turned eight and was baptized at the beginning of the month, and had a birthday party on top of that. Stanley turned three, and Julia turned five and had her birthday party as well. On top of all that, I finally finished my dissertation and defended it.

Somehow, we managed to find time to wrap all of the Christmas books and have managed to read two or three of them most nights. In addition, Kristen finished reading A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett to the girls. I found a $1.00 DVD of the same starring Shirley Temple which the girls will open on Christmas.

Kristen's sister Heidi gave her a copy of Under the Chinaberry Tree, which has tons of great recommendations for children's books. Just thumbing through it, I can tell I'll like it -- we own about half of the titles they recommend, it seems, so I get the sense that the authors' tastes run to ours.

2 Comments:

  • At 10:11 AM, January 05, 2006, Blogger Jonathan said…

    So, how'd the books work out? Lots of blog posts around about which books people gave and received for Christmas, but which of them turned out to be enjoyable or enjoyed, and which stunk?

    In the category of mid-grade fiction, we discovered
    --Nancy Farmer, "The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm" was enjoyable
    --Tor Seidler, "Brain Boy and the DeathMaster" was excellent
    --Jane Yolen, "Dragon's Blood" was awful, indescribably awful

     
  • At 1:11 PM, January 06, 2006, Blogger Allison said…

    One book that my girls got from Grandma (who conveniently works in a great childrens' bookstore) for Christmas is a fairly new one called The Penderwicks. They really like it so far. It's kind of an old-fashioned book (no social issues, just relationships -- like Little Women without anyone dying) about four sisters and their summer adventures. I recommend it.

     

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