Thursday, August 23, 2007

Our current read-aloud is Stuart Little after finishing all but Now We Are Six of the Milne books (we'll go back and pick it up later). Today's chapters include the one where the family thinks Stuart has gone down the mouse-hole. I just put Margaret and Nate to bed, am sitting at the computer surfing and suddenly hear "Stooo-art" coming from Margaret's room. I hear tales about this kind of thing, but this is really about the first time a "living book" has so caught her imagination. How wonderful!


  1. LOVE IT! I often hear our littles playing what we are reading and it always makes me smile. What happened to "Charlotte's Web?"

  2. Meg seems to be way ahead of Jay in verbal matters, but we probably should be trying more ambitious reading projects. Jay does love to listen to a book, and he's sat through some fairly long ones (Lyle, Lyle Crocodile and Harry and the Lady Next Door for two. I think we have the Wind in the Willows upstairs, though I'm sure Jay would be up for some Pooh!


  3. Heather - Charlotte's Web will probably be next, but Stuart Little was *shorter* :)

    Lenise - Margaret is very verbal (but not as strong in the physical skills as Jay, I'm sure!). I usually read a chapter or two while we're eating lunch (We did the Winnie the Pooh books a chapter at a time or a few poems at a time). The children are contained and happy and seem to really enjoy hearing stories then. It is good training for book loving lives, I think. Of course, in your family there's little doubt they'll love books too :)

  4. I so miss the days of going to the library, lingering at choosing just the right books and then taking a huge pile home to read aloud. I still go into the library's childrens' room to peek at the books. I especially love Jill Barklem's Brambly Hedge series. She's almost as good as Beatrix Potter. ~Eleanor

  5. Oh Stuart Little... what happy memories I have of reading that as a child. I've grown up with my parents constantly reading to my siblings and I, and if you are in need of another heart-warming story to read to your children, you must find "The Mitchells: Five for Victory" by Hilda Van Stockum. She wrote many books brilliantly portraying children's lives in the 1940's and 50's and I count her stories as my all-time favorites!
    - Jo


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