Friday, December 3, 2010

The Elevator Family by Douglas Evans

This little story is very sweet and funny. The Wilson family decide to go on vacation to a hotel and end up staying in the Otis Room which happens to be the elevator! This charming family captures the hearts of the other hotel guests in a fun, whimsical  story. They even solve a mystery! My 5yo son loved this story and the idea of staying in an elevator couldn't be more exciting.

He gives this story two thumbs up.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

In the fast paced world we live in, re-reading this classic story to my 5yo son reminded me the importance of slowing down and appreciating  the simple things in life. Frog, Rat, Mole and Badger are just a few characters that warm your heart. The love and friendship they share fills our hearts with joy. The innocence of this book is so needed today. Children are bombarded by so much media that reading and imagining a world of simplicity brings us all back to what is really important in life, time spent cuddling and giggling without a care in the world.

The Nine Lives of Travis Keating by Jill MacLean

My son loved this book and asked if I would post about it. It is a story based in Canada written by Canadian author, Jill MacLean. The story is about a preteen boy named Travis, who lost his mother and lives with his Dad. They move to Newfoundland and he has a hard time adjusting and making friends. Travis ends up finding a colony of cats which he befriends and helps. He eventually makes some friends who also have difficulties and sadness within their families and the kids bond together through taking care of the cats. Much adventure, action & heart make this story a 'must-read' !

My son give it  two thumbs up.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Word After Word After Word by Patricia MacLachlan

 The story is about a group of friends in grade four that have a guest author speaking in their language class at school. She is teaching them about writing. She creatively brings our feelings in each of the children to really understand why they write. Each child has their own story of sadness to explore and understand. They eventually are able to find happiness through their words. This is a rich story with many new ideas to explore for younger children.

My son gives this story two thumbs up.

We would recommend this book for ages 6+

Sunday, September 26, 2010

No Moon by Irene N. Watts

It's book club time again where child & parent get to share in reading a book together, joining other families and discussing their thoughts, whilst eating yummy food! My husband & oldest son spent many evenings enjoying this book together. The main thread in the book is about a young girl coming of age, in the early 1900's, afraid of water, newly hired as a nursemaid in a privilaged household who are guests on the Titanic. It is a fictional story of her experiences on the historical Titanic.
My son loved the story. He found it exciting, intense, sobering and tragic. His favorite character was the Lady of the House's assistant 'Hart' who was kind & caring to the young girl.

My son said this was probably one of the best books he's read.

He give's this book two thumbs up!

This book is great for kids 10yrs & older.