~Reading is a timeless treasure~
Pour a cup of your favorite tea, and visit my reading corner. I know you will enjoy reading this summer! Reading is most defently a timeless treasure. I can not say how many adventures I have unfolded in some of my favorite books. There are so many classics, so many great books that I do not know if we will be able to go through them all, but I will try!
I will begin our adventure with a list of my favorite books, that I recommend.
- Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
- The Elsie Dinsmore series, by Martha Finley
- Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery
- The Little House books, by Laura Ingles Wilder
- Heidi, by Johanna Spyri
- Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
- The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis
- Miracles on Maple Hill, by Virginia Sorensen
- The Burgess Bird Book for children, Thornton W. Burgess
- Helen Keller, by Margaret Davidson
- Just David, by Eleanor H. Porter
- The Pilgrims Progress, by John Bunyan
- Alone, Yet Not Alone, by Tracy Michele Leininger
- Letters from Rifka, by Karen Hesse
- The Captain’s Dog- My journey with the Lewis and Clark tribe, by Roland Smith
Children’s Story Books:
- Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney
- Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost
- Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey
- The Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton
- Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
- My Great-Aunt Arizona, by Gloria Houston
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
- Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss
- Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman (A Dr. Seuss Book)
- Happy Birthday, Moon, by Frank Asch
- The Musical Life of Gustav Mole, by Child’s Play
- The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams
- Katy No-Pocket, by Emmy Payne
Reading is a part of an imagination filled childhood. There are many books one can pick off the literature tree. One of my favorite things about reading a good book is that books can take you anywhere your imagination let’s them. For instance if you dive into the fantasy world of the Chronicles of Narnia you find yourself battling the White witch, sailing on the Dawn Treader or helping Prince Caspian find safety from his uncle, the King. If you take a covered wagon back into the time of Laura Ingles in the Little House books, you find yourself traveling across the Western prairies and living in a log cabin with Mary, Carry, Pa, Ma and Laura. In reading there is much to discover, many worlds to explore that you would have never imagined. There are characters to play with, mysteries to solve, adventures to brave and memories to live out. Just be cautious and realize that if you have an imagination and you pick up a good book beware you might not know where it will take you.
We will begin our reading trip by taking a hike up the mountain to Grandfather’s cabin by reading the book, Heidi, by Johanna Spyri.
Author: Johanna Spyri
This book is a story of how the love of a child can bring two families together, encourage a invalid girl to walk, and to change the lives of everyone in the little town called Dorfli. Five year-old Heidi goes to live with her grandfather in his lonely hut high in the Alps; surrounded by nothing but nature itself. She quickly learns to love her new life with him, Peter, and the goats. But her strict aunt Detie decides that Heidi must be sent away again to Frankfurt, a city far away, to be a companion for Clara(the girl who cannot walk). Heidi cannot bear being away from the mountains and is determined to return to the happiness of life with her grandfather. As she begins to get very ill, the Frankfurt family, with the help of the doctor, decide that she must go back to live in the fresh air of the Alps. Heidi is delighted, but will miss Clara who promises to visit her in the mountains. Heidi’s grandfather learns to accept the Lord’s forgiveness, Peter learns to control his anger and selfishness, and Clara learns to walk again. This is a novel of learning-lessons and forgiveness, not to mention the humor that is hidden in the pages. Won’t you open Heidi and find the treasures for yourself? I hope you will want to read along with me, and even though everyone has read this classic a dozen times, I hope you will agree that it is always enjoyable from beginning to end.
The Begining Chapter 1
Up the Mountain to Alm-Uncle
From the old and pleasantly situated village of Mayenfeld, a footpath winds through green and shady meadows to the foot of the mountains, which on this side look down from their stern and lofty heights upon the valley below. The land grows gradually wilder as the path ascends, and the climber has not gone far before he begins to inhale the fragrance of the short grass and sturdy mountain-plants, for the way is steep and leads directly up to the summits above.
On a clear sunny morning in June two figures might be seen climbing the narrow mountain path; one, a tall strong-looking girl, the other a child whom she was leading by the hand, and whose little checks were so aglow with heat that the crimson color could be seen even through the dark, sunburnt skin. And this was hardly to be wondered at, for in spite of the hot June sun the child was clothed as if to keep off the bitterest frost. She did not look more than five years old, if as much, but what her natural figure was like, it would have been hard to say, for she had apparently two, if not three dresses, one above the other, and over these a thick red woolen shawl wound round about her, so that the little body presented a shapeless appearance, as, with its small feet shod in thick, nailed mountain-shoes, it slowly and laboriously plodded its way up in the heat…
To find out what happens to Heidi after this exhausting journey up the mountain, check out Heidi from your local library or search for it on your own bookshelf. You’ll be surprised at how many books you’ll find that you didn’t even know you had!