July 4th and Books

Wednesday is our typical library day.  Since last week Wednesday was a holiday... we went to the parade and the pool.  Not the library.  So we had 2 weeks with our books!  I've already written a post on how much we enjoyed Miss Bindergarten, so the rest of our books from least favorite to most favorite are:

How to Choose Your Dragon  by Val and Ron Lindahn.  I was disappointed by this one.  It was not quite what I was expecting.  It was a bit beyond my kids, I thought it would be a little more fun than it was.  It wasn't bad.  Just a little more... academic.  Which doesn't seem to make sense when talking about a children's book about mythical creatures.  Take it for it's worth.  I think maybe if we had a 3rd or 4th grader in love with all things dragon, this would move up the list.

Angus and the Ducks by Marjorie Flack.  Actually I liked this one, and Bruce seemed to, but Bruce likes most books.  Stella, however had very little interest in it.  It was a cute story, with cute pictures.  I really wish I could have moved this one down farther on the list, but it was our least read book.

Sophie's Window by Holly Keller.  I picked this one out based on the cover.  Yeah, yeah, Never judge a book by it's cover.  I know, but it was such a cute dog, and my kids both love dogs... I knew it would be a super easy read, but this book wasn't about a dog at all.  I mean, there is a dog and her name is Sophie.  But I was expecting a story about the things Sophie saw out her window, not a story about a bird learning to fly.  It's not a bad story, just a slightly misleading title and cover.  You've been warned.

And Finally, the very- most- favorite-est book of the last two weeks, true for both Stella and myself is Tricking the Tallyman by Jacqueline Davies and illustrated by S.D. Schindler.  This is subtitled The Great Census Shenanigans of 1790.  A cute story about a family and town who decide they don't want to be counted, well maybe they do.  This book spurred some conversations.   It was a great way to teach Stella a little bit about the way the country was founded.  And a little bit about vocabulary.  It was very entertaining.  And maybe the best part about it was how we could show how in the story God was able to provide for the Tallyman's needs despite  because of the poor behavior of the citizens of the town.  And the moral in the end is that it was best to be "true and honest, entirely."  What a fun book!

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