new read-a-loud

Mar 31, 2012

A couple of weeks ago someone on an email list recommended The Wonder Book For Girls and Boys by Nathaniel Hawthorne as a great read-a-loud for a wide range of children and that boys will especially love it. Since I have a wide range of children and a boy I was looking for a new read-a-loud for since his Spies book was putting me to sleep, I thought, hmmm, I will check it out. I quickly found it for free as a Kindle download and sent it my way in seconds. Then I started reading it to Fisher. Then, I said, “Fisher, go grab Keziah, I think she will love this.” So he did. And we read. And we loved it.

Now Fisher, Keziah, and Annes hang out on my bed drawing and working on handwriting while I read to them the adventures of Perseus, Midas, and Pandora’s Box. It is exciting enough to distract me from the pain in my hip and it is written in a way that appeals to each of them. We have never spent much time on Greek Myths, although Blythe had a phase where she was slightly obsessed with them and I own and LOVE the D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths.

So, if you are in a reading rut, check out Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Wonder book and see if you fall in love as we did.

p.s. To all of you who are wondering, yes, I hobbled downstairs and typed this on my big computer. Perhaps a mistake, but I had a ton of emails to get out for gymnastics and the 3rd Annual Homeschool Read-A-Thon and it seemed a much better use of my fingers and brain to do it here. I’m hoping I won’t pay for it in the hip department.

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  1. Tracy, do you have a laptop?

    • tracy

      Nope, an iPad.

      • Would you like to borrow a laptop? I’m pretty sure we have an extra around here that you could use until you are back up on your feet. The one I’m thinking about has to be plugged in all of the time though, but if it still works you’re welcome to use it.

  2. Angie Murdock

    I absolutely love that book!! I read it with Spencer when he was in 5th or 6th grade. He loved it too. Another good one by Nathaniel Hawthorne is Tanglewood Tales.

  3. jessica

    Oh dear, did you pay for the stairs later?

    Going to get A Wonder Book right now, we’ve enjoyed his other books…

  4. Thank you for the suggestion!

    • tracy

      Sure thing Julie! Let me know if you like it or not.