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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
This is a weird one. The more I read the more I'm okay with the weirdness. Does that say something about me? I thought at first I wouldn't read it to...more
Mar 21, 2009
Feb 28, 2009
The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4)
I'm just going to give a generic opinion of the whole series.

We love them.

The end.

Okay, so maybe I'll tell you that we read them outloud to the kids a...more
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Jun 04, 2008
The Family Under the Bridge
I read this last night in a little under an hour, so it's a short read. I really liked parts of it, but others bothered.

For the good, it was a sweet...more
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 26, 2011
The Marvellous Land of Snergs
I found this book while browsing through a catalog. They had a quote from Tolkein that "this was his source book for the Hobbit" and that he'd read it...more
Jan 2008
Jun 04, 2008
More Adventures of the Great Brain (Great Brain #2)
Again, lots of laughs or tears, depending on the chapter. Lots of boyness. And lots of crazy exploits from Tom. There is a ghost story in this one tha...more
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Aug 27, 2011
The Aesop for Children
How do I love thee, Milo Winter? Let me count the ways.

1. The illustrations are fantastic. Almost every fable has a picture be it small or large enoug...more
Oct 2006
Jun 04, 2008
The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)
It's a classic. It's Tolkein. It's wonderful and fun and one of his four best books.

Every person should have to read his books. They are fabulous.

Sep 14, 2010
Jun 04, 2008
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
I was really surprised by this book.

The main character is such a great example of hard work and self-learning. I was amazed at what he was able to acc...more
Feb 09, 2008
Jun 04, 2008
Afternoon on the Amazon (Magic Tree House, #6)
I think this book lends itself well to a unit study of the Amazon. You can use this as a jumping off point to study animals, geography, weather, etc....more
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Dec 01, 2008
We all loved this book. It was the first time either my husband or myself had read it and we were laughing just as much as the kids. Very sweet, very...more
Nov 10, 2010
Oct 18, 2010
John Paul Jones
There's a story behind this book. My husband read it in second or third grade and it became "his favorite book." When I was pulling together a list of...more
Oct 12, 2009
Oct 15, 2009
The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)
I've read this many, many times. As has my husband. He just got done reading it outloud to the kids, for the second time. They love it too. They read...more
Oct 28, 2013
Aug 15, 2011
Twister on Tuesday (Magic Tree House, #23)
We just finished this one today. My kids are big fans of the Magic Tree House series and I don't mind them so we read a lot of them.

In this book the t...more
Dec 2008
Dec 01, 2008
Ginger Pye (The Pyes, #1)
I had heard a lot of great things about this book and wanted to read it to see if I should read it to the boys. The jury is still out, leaning towards...more
Jan 2009
Feb 16, 2009
The Matchlock Gun
We finished this today. I didn't think they'd be able to handle waiting to find out what happened until tomorrow. They've really enjoyed the book and...more
Feb 17, 2010
Feb 14, 2010
The Wind in the Willows
I read this before reading it to the kids, and I probably won't read it to the kids. Well, I might read an abridged version (shocking I know).

I enjoye...more
Feb 12, 2009
Feb 16, 2009
Johnny Tremain
I read this to determine if we'd use it this year for American History. I really enjoyed it. The characters were interesting and real. It was great to...more
Jul 31, 2009
Aug 01, 2009
Dolphin Adventure: A True Story
My kids would rate this much higher. They LOVED this (we're reading the sequel right now). It is short and simple and exciting. The only reason I don'...more
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Aug 23, 2011
Ruby Throat: The Story Of A Hummingbird
I read this with my two youngest for Nature Study over two days. They really enjoyed the story, but at the end one of them said, in his most 'you're a...more
Feb 2014
Mar 27, 2014
Roland Wright: Future Knight
This book is laugh outloud funny. We started it as a read-aloud, but my 10-yr-old grabbed it to finish on his own. When he was done we were able to fi...more
Jan 2011
Jan 01, 2011
The Tale of Benny Badger
We finished this yesterday. It was a part of "nature study". We did learn quite a bit about badgers, but it was in a slow, gentle way. The boys really...more
Mar 14, 2012
Mar 14, 2012
A Grain of Rice
We read this in two days during snack time. I wasn't sure how it'd go over in the boy crowd, but when I stopped halfway through yesterday I heard groa...more
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Aug 23, 2011
Leo the Late Bloomer
I wish I'd read this several years ago when I had a truly struggling student/son - he would have appreciated the message. He's doing much better now,...more
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Aug 14, 2011
Stories of the Pilgrims
We had to stop our studies of the Pilgrims before it took up the whole year. I read this book, but didn't read it to my boys because we'd already cove...more
Sep 04, 2009
Oct 06, 2009
Cheaper by the Dozen
I enjoyed parts of this, and other parts I could have done without. I was especially drawn to the different ways their father taught them and the unor...more
Sep 22, 2010
Sep 22, 2010
Vacation Under the Volcano (Magic Tree House, #13)
We used this in conjunction with our study of Pompeii. Add a few volcano books and a history book or two and you have a nice little unit study.

My gene...more
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Dec 01, 2008
Where the Red Fern Grows
My husband read this to the kids for a bedtime story a few years back. They really enjoyed it until the end and then there were tears like you wouldn'...more
Jan 2006
Feb 16, 2009
Hour of the Olympics (Magic Tree House, #16)
We used this during our study of ancient Greece. It didn't add a whole lot we didn't already know but the kids enjoyed it.

My generic review for the Ma...more
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Dec 01, 2008
Dingoes at Dinnertime (Magic Tree House, #20)
You could use this to learn more about Australia. Okay, you'd need to add several other books but it's a good starting point.

My generic review for the...more
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Dec 01, 2008
Day of the Dragon King (Magic Tree House, #14)
This book sent us off on a search to find out how paper and silk were made. A good way to bring science into history.

My generic review for the Magic T...more
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Dec 01, 2008
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