Would you believe we only finished one read aloud last month? One! Oh well. I’m okay with that. We also had family here for two weeks and had Christmas in January which seriously helped with the January blues, if you know what I mean. Now it’s all about February (which includes a birthday girl) and the countdown until baby.
Thankfully the one we read was a good one, but one that hardly needs an explanation!
Little House in the Big Woods was a big hit with everyone. I was especially happy to read it to Olivia who is at the age now where she can really relate to Laura as a character and not simply enjoy the story. Laura turns 5 in this book and Olivia will be five next week so this was perfect. I was struck with the simplicity of life. In a day where everyone is concerned with socialization and making sure our kids have enough extra-curricular outlets, it’s refreshing to read about a simpler time when they found happiness and joy in the simplest things! Just in case you were wondering, my kids favorite part was reading about the pig slaughter and playing with the bladder as a ball. They laughed about that for days.
Also, did you know?! Pioneer Girl, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s annotated autobiography edited by Pamela Smith Hill was just released? Do you know how badly I want to read this? Like now? But sadly it isn’t in the budget and I feel like this is a book I want to enjoy in my hands, not on kindle. So I’ll have to wait. But if you all have read it, please let me know what you think? I heard that her notes of real life revealed that it was really much more harsh living and much more violence than she reveals in the children’s books. Of course that is to be expected, but I’m very interested to read about it. Note, this is not a read aloud…this is a book for adult fans to enjoy. Obviously. But just in case you were confused since I’m including it in this post. Also, did you know that it is a number one bestseller on Amazon right now? Clearly everyone else wants to read it too!
That’s it for today! What have you been reading to your kids lately?
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