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Apr 12, 2010

Jerry Muskrat

Oh, how we love this author. I mean, love, love, love him. We discovered him when Blythe was just a wee little girlie. She loved to check out a collection of his short stories from the library that were on audio. She checked it out over and over and over again. Listening to it hundreds of times. Finally, I decided to buy the books. All of them. They are available from Dover for $1.50 a book, so we bought the whole set and read them to her again and again and again. Yes, this child has issues with obsessing on a subject. Remember my post about that?

Anyway, Fisher has recently discovered them and we have started rereading them. We finished The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat last week and are now starting on The Adventures of Grandfather Frog. He begs me to read them every day. He is learning so much about animals, forests, meadows, and being littler than the humans. He is learning about kindness and courage. He is learning to sit still while I read to him, which is a feat in and of itself for this wiggly little boy.

Now for you moms that don’t see how you can fit read-aloud time in, let me tell you, you CAN read these books. Most chapters are 2-3 pages, so if you only have five minutes you can still squeeze a chapter in. If you want to curl up and snuggle for a while longer, you can get through four or five chapters pretty quickly.

We are always on the lookout for old hardcover editions at DI and other thrift stores, but until we track them all down, our trusty Dover paperbacks will be just fine.

These are gems that you will love!

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  1. Thanks for the review- we’ll have to look for them!

  2. I can totally vouch for this post. I heard Fisher ask for individual/special reading time several times a day.He was mesmerized and talked about the story at other times during the day as well, saying, I wonder who Cousin from the North is? He loves his Mama for spending personal time with him. They have a special bond.