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Once Upon A Time…

Once upon a time, on an ordinary, rainy afternoon, the minds of two children sailed away on a not-so-very ordinary adventure.  The lively adventure that only comes to those who read.  Any morning, afternoon, or night can grow into exciting day if you take the time to open a book and paint a picture between the lines of exciting text.  Below I have made a few lists of books I or someone else in my family has thoroughly enjoyed.  There is a list for each age group and if you are interested in a certain book, click on the title and the link will bring you to a page with more information.  Many if not all of these treasures can be hunted for and borrowed at your local fortress of literture (or library lol).

Books for Children of a Young Age (This is a list of books that my younger sister has especially enjoyed)

  

Soup Day is a delightful but simple book about one girl’s soup day from start to finish.  My sister read it in story-time once months ago and she hasn’t stopped reading it since.  She doesn’t know how to read, but since everyone in the family has read it to her trillions of times, she knows every word and can sit down and “read” it for herself.  There is something homey about this book.  Children thrive on routine, and the simple delight in this book with make this your children’s or siblings’ favorite book as well.  The illustrations are creative and fun.  They make me hungry for the warmth soup can bring, any time of the day.

This book demonstrates a quiet, simple life, which children love.  Once again, my sister has this book memorized! She “reads” it to me!  Her favorite lines from the book: “the bunnies bathed with daisy soap in silver bunny tubs, then wrapped in fluffy towels for mother bunny rubs”…”…the bunnies found a bungalow a cozy bunny home. They live there still, they always will, they made it all their own.”  This book is cozy and sweet and perfectly demonstrates a simple, family life full of the simple pleasures that are the most important after all.

A warm book full of beautiful poems written by the famous Robert Louis Stevenson.  The pictures, illustrated by Tasha Tudor, are full of imagination and color.  This is a breathtaking book which will introduce your youngest children to the wonderful world of poetry.  Every night, I would read these poems as my little sister drifted off to sleep.  This book contains some of the most well-known poetry by Robert Louis Stevenson, including The Swing, My Shadow, Bed in Summer, The Land of Counterpane, and many others.  The poems included in this book seem to be endless. 

  • “The Valentine Foxes” by Clyde Watson

Every year on Valentines Day, my mom borrows this book from the library.  This is a cute book, illustrating the joys (and frustrations) of day-to-day life.  The story is about a family of foxes preparing for Valentines Day.  The young foxes get carried away as they glue hearts and paper to everything in the dining room.  When mother fox is too busy with baby fox, the young foxes lend a helping hand and decide to make the special valentine cake themselves.  Not only is this a wonderful little story, there is a mouth-watering recipe for the foxes’ valentine cake in the back of the book.  Our family has made it a few times and we all agree that it is our favorite.  I encourage you to borrow this book from your local library next Valentines Day or any day of the year!

This book, full to the brim with music, has always been a favorite of mine since I was a young child.  The story includes a CD of musical accompaniment that goes along with the book.  The story will introduce your children to every type of music imaginable!  From classical, jazz, or blues, to opera, bluegrass, or country, the music is delightful and very beautiful.  I strongly recommend this book to anyone!

A List of Books for Older Children (This is a list of books that I have especially enjoyed)

My friend recommended this book to me and I eagerly read it shortly after.  It is an amazing true story about two young sisters and their journey of faith.  The girls are captured by indians and taken far away from their families to indian camps.  Their home is destroyed, their father murdered, and they are even separated, but they hold on to their faith during the hardest time of their life.  This book is exciting and attention-gripping.  It also demonstrates a faith in God that can never be broken.  I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end.

  • “The Elsie Dinsmore Series,” by Martha Finley

Once I began this wonderful series of books, I couldn’t put them down.  They portray such an inward beauty in the main character, Elsie Dinsmore.  The books begin during Elsie’s girlhood years and end in Elsie’s last years of life.  The first two books are my favorite, but I enjoyed all of them with equal pleasure.  If you or your daughters have never read this series, I plead with you to do so now.  You will cherish these books once you have read them.  Elsie’s strong moral character and unwavering love for the Bible and her Father is heaven are a perfect example to young girls of all ages.  Girls will be inspired by Elsie’s will to never displease her heavenly father in any possible way, no matter what persecution and rejection she must endure.  This is what makes a truly beautiful person, inside and out. 

This is a exciting yet heartbreaking book about a young Christian Jew during WWII.  Adolph Hitler’s ominous statements seem only a distant threat to eleven-year-old Rudi Kaplan. But when the Nazi forces invade Poland and bomb his home city of Warsaw, Rudi finds out that he is Hitler’s enemy not only because he is a Pole but also because he’s a Jew and a Christian.The next few years change Rudi’s life forever. With only his imprisoned father’s promise that they will be reunited after the war, Rudi must learn how to survive in hiding, how to be truly brave, and how to overcome the hatred of his enemies. He must learn to die to himself and to trust the God who is mightier than any army.  Can Rudy put trust in his father’s promise, or even more importantly, his Heavenly Father’s promise that He will never leave him nor forsake him.  I have read this book so many times both by myself and with my family.  I encourage you to read it for yourself.
  • “Letters From Rifka,” by Karen Hesse

My mother read this book to my brother and I about two years ago.  It has been one of my favorite books since.  I remember listening intently to every word.  Rifka’s story is inspiring and I love how she wrote everything down between the margins of her Russian poetry book.
 Twelve-year-old Rifka’s journey from a Jewish community in the Ukraine to Ellis Island is anything but smooth sailing. Modeled on the author’s great-aunt, Rifka surmounts one obstacle after another in this riveting novel. First she outwits a band of Russian soldiers, enabling her family to escape to Poland. There the family is struck with typhus. Everyone recovers, but Rifka catches ringworm on the next stage of the journey–and is denied passage to America (“If the child arrives . . . with this disease,” explains the steamship’s doctor, “the Americans will turn her around and send her right back to Poland”). Rifka’s family must leave without her, and she is billeted in Belgium for an agreeable if lengthy recovery. Further trials, including a deadly storm at sea and a quarantine, do not faze this resourceful girl. Told in the form of “letters” written by Rifka in the margins of a volume of Pushkin’s verse and addressed to a Russian relative, Hesse’s vivacious tale colorfully and convincingly refreshes the immigrant experience. Ages 9-12.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
 
There are so many more books that I could list on my top favorites, but I couldn’t possibly post them all here.  For more lists of books I recommend, please visit my Books page.
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The Long Winter

Hello Readers!  Enjoying a nice cold winter? Brrrrr…  It is really getting chilly outside.  As I write this post, snow is gently falling outside my window. 

I just thought I would share a great opportunity with you.   I am not sure if you have heard of the home school radio shows, but this week they are sharing Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “The Long Winter” in a radio show, plus some other great radio shows such as The Blizzard of 1988.  Just go to this website to download and listen to free radio shows that will get you feeling the chilly winter air!  http://www.homeschoolradioshows.com/

I hope you decide to check the website out!  Spend some time with Laura and the Ingalls and learn about their “long winter”!

Please take a minute to answer the poll question at the link below!  Thank you!

http://www.esurveyspro.com/App/Polls/DirectPoll.aspx?id=4291

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Christmas Reading

Hello readers!  I hope you all are not too busy to read this Christmas season.  In this post I have included a few books and novels I have thoroughly enjoyed during previous years.  I hope that you will enjoy them too.  The first book I have decided to feature this month is titled, “A Paper Bag Christmas.”  It is about two typical spoiled boys who find joy in something different from presents one Christmas.  Convinced to do some work for “santa” they visit children dyeing with cancer in a hospital.  What they find change their lives forever.  This book practically brought me to tears.  I ask you to find time in your busy Christmas schedule to sit down and read this book by yourself or with your family.

This book is more like a book for children, but can still be enjoyed by all.  “Annika’s Secret Wish,” by Beverly Lewis, describes a Swedish Christmas.  It’s illustrations are magnificent.   Let this book inspire you to have an old-fashioned Christmas.

And of course, this movie will be enjoyed numerous times by my family this Christmas.  “It’s a Wonderful Life,” has been playing in the homes of many families every Christmas for decades. 

Finally, I want to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas.  Remember to take some time to read and be with your family.

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A Novel Worth Reading

As summer break begins, I must tell you of a book that you will probably will searching for by the end of this post.  It is a novel that is very unheard of by most people and was only just recently republished.  It is a touching story of an endearing 10 year-old boy who is suddenly orphaned and transplanted from a world of music in the mountains with his father, to the provincialism of the little town of Hinsdale.  It is a story of how the simple, undefilable goodness of the boy transforms the lives of the people who reluctantly take him in, despise their opinions of his crazy talk and strange innocence.  The novel is called, Just David by Eleanor H. Porter (the author of Pollyanna).  I hope you consider buying the book, it deserves a place among your library of classic literature.

You can find it at:

http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=92057&netp_id=290889&event=ESRCN&item_code=WW&view=covers

or:

http://www.wholeheart.org/whitemdetail.php?itemid=11

Also please pray for a little boy whose name is Noah; he has a serious disease.  You can visit the families blog below:

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/ourquiverfull/

I want to thank all those who view my blog.  I also want to apologize about the long gaps between posts. Please continue to read my blog and be inspired to do more with your life every day! =)

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