Since having surgery earlier this month, our school routine has been much more relaxed than usual. As a result, we’ve had plenty of time to read books about our coursework as well as several “just for fun” reads as well. Here’s what we’ve found in our book basket the last few weeks:
Humprhey’s Birthday - This sweet story tells the tale of a little elephant who is celebrating his birthday. Despite an accidental splashing from his sister, he enjoys his big day with all of his family members and friends. The illustrations in this book are adorable as well as the story line, making it a favorite of our kids’ throughout the years.
Go To Sleep Little Groundhog – Since we’re studying mammals this month, I found a variety of fictional books to include in our studies. This book highlights a groundhog’s difficulty settling down for the winter’s hibernation. A whole cast of characters weave their way through this story to help the little groundhog fall asleep for the winter.
The Day the Crayons Quit – I think I enjoyed this book even more than the kids did! Throughout this story, the crayons take turns one by one, critiquing the jobs that they are chosen to do. Their letters to their owner are hilarious! At the end of the story, the owner of the crayons fixes the problem by creating a unique work of art.
The Boy Who Held Back the Sea – Since we covered the Netherlands in our study of early American history, I wanted to find a few books that touched upon this small country. This book not only illustrated the important role of the dikes in protecting the low-lying land of the Netherlands, but it also emphasized the importance of being a trustworthy individual as well.
Leaf Trouble – With fall in full swing, this book is a fun take on a squirrel’s perspective of the changing seasons. This sweet story touches on a variety of themes such as seasonal changes, friendship, and teamwork.
Squanto Friend of Pilgrims – This book is a nice summary of the life of Squanto. It illustrates the hardships and trials of his life as well as the instrumental role he played in the early settlements of the Pilgrims.
Masterpiece – Although this was a rather lengthy book, it was definitely worth the read. The kids loved the idea of an artistic beetle who could communicate with a human boy. Combining the elements of an art theft, an unlikely friendship, and less-than-idea family dynamics, this fast-paced book kept my kids enthralled from the first page to the last.
If You Sailed On the Mayflower - I love the “If You” series of books. These books are designed in a question and answer format, and this particular publication provides a number of fun facts about life in the time of the Pilgrims. This book helped the kids to see what life would have been like if they had lived in the early 1600′s.
Don’t Know Much About the Kings & Queens of England – This book provided a brief overview of the kings and queens of England. Since we were skimming through the rulers of England from the 1500′s and 1600′s, this book provided a concise amount of information about each ruler without being overwhelming. The format was fun and interesting for the kids to read through.
Almost Home – This book is the story of the Pilgrim’s journey to America told through the eyes of one of the younger passengers, Mary Chilton. It highlights God’s provision throughout their journey, and the incredible faith of the Pilgrims throughout the many trials and ordeals they faced. The book was beautifully written as well as historically accurate.
Does your family have a favorite story? If so, share your picks with all of us in the comments below.