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Way Back Wednesday ~ Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

This review was originally posted August 31, 2011.

Wind in the Willows is a HUGE favorite at our home! This classic tale is filled with adventure and animals that behave like human beings. Grahame’s descriptive detail helps the reader “see” Mole, Water Rat, Badger, and Toad as well as appreciate their unique personalities and ultimately […]

A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star – J.A.Myhre

A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star is the third book in the Rwendigo Series.  This African adventure story which features a boy, his sister, and an orphaned gorilla is filled with action.  It also includes many current concerns that face Africa including AIDS, malnutrition, and environmental concerns.  This series is written for upper […]

Wayback Wednesday ~ The Hundred Dresses – Eleanor Estes

My daughter and I read this book together a couple of years ago, and we are still talking about it.

The Hundred Dresses tells a thought provoking tale about peer pressure.  Although written in the 1940’s it is sadly still highly relevant.  It is a short book, but there is great depth to this story.  […]

Nurk: The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a (Somewhat) Brave Shrew – Ursula Brewer

Nurk is a wonderful adventure story that features a shrew named Nurk who is an unlikely hero.  Courage, friendship, kindness and hope are explored in this thought-provoking tale that will delight intermediate elementary readers as well as their parents. 

Way Back Wednesday ~ The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

This post was originally published on July 16, 2016.  Our daughter received the boxed set of this edition of The Chronicles of Narnia for Christmas, and she has been delighting in re-reading the series on her own.

The Chronicles of Narnia is an amazing fantasy series with strong Biblical themes.  It can be enjoyed by […]

Way Back Wednesday ~ Crenshaw – Katherine Applegate

Living in Texas with a fourth grader who loves to read, The Texas Bluebonnet Award program is a big deal at our house.  Students in grades 3-6 across the state read nominated books and get to vote for the winner.  Our daughter is delighting in reading all of the nominated books this year.  One of […]

The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia is an amazing fantasy series with strong Biblical themes. It can be enjoyed by children as well as adults. Our daughter has been reading thru the series with Dad at bedtime and loves it. I highly recommend partner reading these book aloud with your child and discussing them. There is a […]

Crenshaw – Katherine Applegate

As huge fans of The One and Only Ivan, our family was eager to see what Katherine Applegate would write next. We were not disappointed! Crenshaw is awesome! Just as The One and Only Ivan was a book we opted to partner read with our daughter; Crenshaw was as well. Dealing with serious topics is […]

Way Back Wednesday ~ Frog and Friends – Eve Bunting

I was recently asked for independent reading book suggestions. This was one of our daughter’s favorites because it featured so many cute animals.

We are always on the hunt for independent reader books that feature colorful pictures. Our daughter is delighted with our newest find ~ The Frog and Friends series. It features Frog and […]

Mouse and Mole Secret Valentine – Wong Herbert Yee

Mouse and Mole Secret Valentine is a sweet, heart warming story that celebrates the magic of Valentine’s Day. The text is perfect for early readers who are transitioning into chapter book reading, and the illustrations are darling.