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I'm just joining your group. I have three kids of my own. I am working on reading aloud many old favorites, so that I can enjoy them also. I have just started cataloging my books so they are not listed yet. I hope to have the children's books listed this weekend. My son is 8 and loves science. I have found a science series, kinda like Magic Tree House, but they learn about science, called Andrew Lost. Wonderful books, we really enjoy them.
I am going to be starting either Farmer Boy or Wizard of Oz with the kids this week. Haven't decided which yet. We have recently finished Mr. Popper's Penguins and abridged version of Call of the Wild. We enjoyed both immensely. I don't recall reading either in my childhood. I was more of a Laura Ingalls, Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden kid.
I teach second grade and am just finishing Stuart Little with my students. It's interesting because they all compare it to the movies, and are always telling me "that's from Stuart Little II" or "that's from Stuart Little I". I have to remind them that the book actually came first :-)
A book my students last year really enjoyed was Gulliver's Travels. I have a version aimed toward children with only the Lilliput part. The kids loved imagining how the Lilliputians would have to adapt their things for Gulliver (of course, Stuart is like this only reversed).
I teaching a "Reading Period" class for 7th graders. One of the first books I read aloud was I, Jack by Patricia Finney. This book is a HOOT! Jack is a big semi-dumb dog who is the narrator. He has his own "dogspeak" words which take a little thinking to decipher (there's a glossary in the back, but my kids had no trouble figuring them out). His adventures center around the girl dog next door and there are explanatory footnotes from the very snooty cats. The adventures are typical: well-meaning dummy causes disaster. There is just enough "naughtiness" (ie. "wet messages" and "hard messages" = dog pee and poop) mentioned to appeal to middle school sense of humor, and it all has a happy ending. Loved it. (Can't you tell?)
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