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The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright
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Mar 23, 12

bookshelves: firstread-aloudchapterbook

I'm sorry I didn't discover this book (first of a series of 4) when my children were at that first read-aloud chapter book stage. It seems to have all the requirements: engaging characters, humor, sophisticated writing, and gentle adventures without violence or scariness. The historical setting (NYC in 1940) might require the occasional explanation in order for young children to understand, but there's nothing too obscure. We're enjoying it even now, when my children are 9, so it isn't too babyish, either. Enright has a nice touch in her descriptions, and her writing style is affectionate but not clichéd. I definitely recommend this as a read-aloud for children who aren't ready for or don't like high-stress - or even for children who just need a break from the Battle Against Deadly Evil.

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