Monday, March 21, 2011

The Magic Nesting Doll

I love Russian Fairy Tales.  When I was in elementary school my Uncle Pete sent my mother a wonderful book of Russian fairy tales and I would spend hours pouring over it.
Recently I came across the work of the illustrater Laurel Long.  A friend of ours owns "The Lady and the Lion."  Beautiful.

We stayed with my friend for just two days but were drawn back to that book over and over again.
I just found The Magic Nesting Doll, the same author, illustrater team working together.

so gorgeous!

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Princess and the Beggar

wow.  I found this at our library.  It is written and illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien (who incidently went to my alma mater).  A lovely Korean folktale with beautiful illustrations.  Korean stories are not so easy to find so I was thrilled our library had this one.  I will have to be on the look out for a copy.  Amazon does carry a few via their sellers: The Princess and the Beggar; a Korean Folktale

Monday, January 31, 2011

Thank Goodness for Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke Dragon Rider

Cornelia Funke is a life saver around here. I have two dyslexic kids and getting them to read is sometimes painful until finally, suddenly, they connect with a story that is worth the effort. Dragon Rider is no small fairy tale and yet both of my dyslexic kids have found it worth the struggle. My 4th grader is currently working his way into it. He is, without parental prodding, half way through Chapter 5. He read two chapters today, again without parental encouragement to do so.

I believe the book is considered to be at 4th grade level.  Depending on your reader's ability that may or may not be important to you.

As Ms. Funke writes in German and the book is translated, I found the vocabulary and syntax refreshingly sophisticated while my son says, "it isn't too hard for me."

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Haven't read this one yet

the 7th grader has the assignment of choosing a mystery to read.
She decided to try "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle.

I thought as it is a classic there ought to be an audio option. There are several. We shall try this one:

Monday, October 25, 2010

Are You There Baby Bear? A child's book

Are you there Baby Bear? is by Debi Gliori.  Ms. Gliori is a wonderful illustrator but this book shows she is an author as well.  It has been around my house for years.  Perhaps 9 or 10 years and my four year old recently pulled it off the shelf to read on the couch with me.  Sweet and gentle and perfect for a quiet moment or a snuggle-

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Wrinkle In Time on Audio

Madeleine L'Engle "A Wrinkle in Time"

The kids and I just finished listening to this on audio. We listened to it in the car to and from soccer practice this week and then I couldn't stand it and we listened to the last CD inside because we needed to know what happened.
It is interesting, my dyslexic kids have a listening comprehension of 100% (schools test this, can they hear a story and answer facts about it? Yes, always.) My reader is less audio but never the less he too is fascinated.
But all of us remarked how interesting it was to listen to this book as a group because the vocabulary and the syntax is so sophisticated, never mind that physics and mathematics are discussed as well as scriptural references and Latin, German and French quotes. It is a brainy book. And in listening to it I realized how little good English my children hear day in and day out and how important it is to hear it. I think I am going to "listening" to these books more and more in the car.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

baby photo books

A friend and I were discussing adoption, and babies in foster care in other countries waiting to go home, and how to ease the transition. In the program I used as well as the program my friend used, the child was identified and matched to a family and then there was "waiting" for various papers to be processed and the child to be able to travel home. During that time we could send care packages. My friend sent a baby photo album to her daughter, her daughter could chew on it like a toy but had images of her family in from of her, hopefully every day.

Why didn't I think of that?
Why didn't our program recommend that?

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