101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

Monday Morning School was the perfect excuse to read 101 Dalmatians again. Though the story-line was fuzzy in my memory, not so the nostalgia for the days home alone, missing school because of a cold; couch, blanket, box of Kleenex, reading and rereading this sweet tale. Because the feeling of reading this one stuck with … Continue reading 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

Ox, House, Stick: The History of our Alphabet

By Don Robb Illustrated by AnneSmith I have plenty of books in my library on the history of the English language, most of which include bits of history about the alphabet. But, when I wanted to use a different approach with my spelling students, I decided to take them as far back as possible into … Continue reading Ox, House, Stick: The History of our Alphabet

Left by Themselves by Charles Paul May

Charles Paul May seems to have written a dozen or so informational books for children in the 1960s and 70s, but not even Wikipedia knows anything about him now. Left by Themselves was originally titled Stranger in the Storm. In this book, May is still teaching, but by means of a short work of fiction. … Continue reading Left by Themselves by Charles Paul May

Hobbit Club Recipes & Links

These links and resources are a support to our "Building A Hobbit Club" series. July & August: The Hobbit Lake Town Cram: check out this interesting discussion Beorn's Honey Cakes Bilbo's Tea Cake September – Bilbo’s Journey by Joseph Pearce I have a review of Bilbo's Journey - coming soon October – The Fellowship of the Ring, … Continue reading Hobbit Club Recipes & Links

Hobbit Club Discussion Questions

Hobbit Club Discussion Questions (July & August) The Hobbit Tolkien, a master of words, uses the word ‘burglar’ to describe Bilbo. What does that mean? How are Bilbo and Gollum alike? How is Beorn like Lewis’s Aslan? Isn’t it interesting that after their stay with Beorn, Gandalf tells the party that he will be leaving … Continue reading Hobbit Club Discussion Questions

Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West By Marguerite Henry

By the time the Marguerite Henry craze visited my grade school classmates in the early 70s, Henry had already published around 50 books about dogs and horses. Given my love of animal stories at the time, I’ve pondered my reasons for never joining my friends on the “Henry-Reading Train.” In fact, I didn’t read Misty … Continue reading Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West By Marguerite Henry