We recently finished reading aloud Gone-Away Lake (by Elizabeth Enright) as a family. While this book, written over 50 years ago, does not necessarily have the exciting plot developments of some of our past read-alouds, it did hold the children’s interest. I was a bit concerned that the language might be a bit above my youngsters—Enright was not one to dumb things down!—but they seemed to hang on every word, and I am glad for their vocabulary expansion. The story involves two children who discover a (mostly) deserted village during their summer vacation. The memorable characters and charming descriptions of childish adventures will certainly remain with our family for a long time.
Jadon’s Pick of the Week is Total Sports by DK Publishing. This comprehensive catalog of sports offers great descriptions and engaging pictures. All of the children spent a considerable amount of time poring over its many pages. Here’s Jadon’s reasoning for making this his pick of the week: “It’s all about sports, and I like sports…I like the pictures…and I learned about sports like netball and pickleball and snooker and fencing.”
Other storybook favorites for this week include Hansel and Gretel (love these pictures!) by Rachel Isadora, Let’s Count It Out, Jesse Bear (Have I mentioned how much Jadon loves numbers?) by Nancy White Carlstrom, Jack Frost (very cute!...and a great looking-forward-to-spring book) by Kazuno Kohara, and What’s the Big Secret? Talking about Sex with Girls and Boys (an insightful covering of this topic—a current favorite in our house) by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown.