Great Kids Reads and a 52 Books in 52 Weeks Update

Leah Courtney

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I haven't posted a 52 books update in a few weeks. I have been reading, but I have a few reviews that will be published at a later date.

I did want to post about a few children's books that I have finished up recently with Ashlyne and Rachel (my 2nd and 3rd grader). I love to read aloud to them- for school and in the evening. I often stumble upon old favorites I haven't read in a while or upon really good books that I hadn't read yet. There have been three recently.

Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski is the book we most recently finished from our evening reading. I remember other books by Lenski, but I don't think I had ever read this one. I loved it. It's the story of a backwoods Florida family- Crackers- during the early 1900s. When they move into their new home, Birdie- the young daughter is excited about the prospect of her family's new opportunity to grow fruit. But the family constantly has troubles with their neighbors- the Slaters. This is a sweet story- interesting from the historical perspective and a very good moral also.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl is one of those that I've known about and watched as a movie but never read. We read it and completed a lapbook for it. I'm glad that I finally picked this one up to read. There was more to this than just a fanciful tale. There are many lessons to be learned in Charlie's story. We all enjoyed it as I caught the older kids listening along quite often.

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes is the book we are finishing up now. I've been a long time fan of Estes's children's books. We've all enjoyed The Moffats books. Now we are enjoying Ginger Pye, the story of the Pye family and their new puppy-Ginger. There is a mystery person who appears to be following the children in the hopes of getting Ginger. I love Eleanor Estes's descriptions and charming historical scenes of small New England towns.

 Later this week, I'll posting my most recent fiction reviews. Stay tuned.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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