Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Fabulous (must read) Read-A-Louds:

ALL books by Kate DiCamillo... GREAT for reading a-loud. We LOVED The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and TheTale of Desperaux.

Dr. Doolittle series

Series of Unfortunate Events GREAT read-alouds. Very well written and not scary. Kids did not want me to stop reading. We read the first book in one night!

The Cricket on Times Square

Detectives in Togas and Mystery of the Roman Ransom by Henry Winterfield ( I don't remember which books is first) They are fun and teach Roman life through a GREAT mystery for kids.

The Child's Story Bible by Catherine Vos (This is the BEST Child's Bible in need to own this)

The Lost Princess: A Double Story by George MacDonald ...especially good to read to girls

At The Back of The North Wind by George MacDonald

Wind in the Willows

All books by Beatrix Potter

The House At Pooh Corner

Charlotte's Web

The Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden (my favorite picture book)

Stranger in the Woods by Carl J. Samms III and Jean Stoick ( fabulous photographs set to a darling story)

James Herriot's Treasury For Children ( short stories about his adventure with animals as a veterinarian)

The Runaway by Patricia St. John ( Moody) Out of print... buy it if you can find it. You will want to read this to the kids at some point....especially around Easter. FABULOUSLY makes the story of Jesus healing the demon possesed girl come to life.

Vinegar Boy ( another Easter story)

Roald Dahl books are so fun to read aloud. His style lends itself to being read out loud. He has lots of short stories and many of his longer ones are made into terrible movies that I hated. His style of writing is so fun to read to the kids. I loved The Twits.

Island of the Blue Dolphins

From The Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler

Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett

The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I have a BLOG!

Calvin created a Blog for me. This is fun. FYI: HSF MOM is my blog name. Can you guess what it means?

We call our selves this as a fun joke in our family. My kids came up with this for my blog name.

I look forward to using this to post my favorite books and movies, since those are my favorite hobbies.

Currently, I am reading The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall-Smith. My mom, my sister and I are all reading it together. This will be a good place for us to comment to each other about the book.

I am reading BOY by Roald Dahl aloud to the kids for fun. I also am reading various James Herriot Stories a-loud to the kids. Hannah and I are doing shared reading out loud the Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe.

The kids and I are getting a kick out of watching The Alfred Hitchcock Presents OLD episodes on our Netflix "Watch it now" on the computer. They have to finish all their school to get to watch them.

We are also watching All Creatures Great and Small (to go with the James Herriot books) series from the library. It is quite amazing how well the books match the lines that they act in the show. They did a great job on this film series.