Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

This is part of Diane’s Literature For the Ages Series Each of the girls in my class has read Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, and last year we read Life on the Mississippi together. So they have had a good taste of Mark Twain’s usual style. This month we read Twain’s Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc. … Continue reading Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane

C.M. MillenIllustrated by Andrea Wisnewski When I was teaching at a classical Christian school, in a multi-level classroom, we studied the history of the Middle Ages and Renaissance every three years. I always looked forward to the projects related to the preservation of ancient manuscripts and the art of illumination. Some of the now-adult students … Continue reading The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane

Her Father’s Daughter

I wonder if Gene Stratton-Porter’s success went to her head. She was always opinionated, but in Her Father’s Daughter, she reaches her height of preachiness. If it were only that, it wouldn’t be an insurmountable aspect of the story. We put up with a bit of that from other beloved authors. In this book, Stratton-Porter … Continue reading Her Father’s Daughter

Anthony and Cleopatra

This is part of Diane’s Literature For the Ages Series In January this year, I started on a “Read Shakespeare in a Year” plan. I made it until about March, by which time I had learned something about myself. There is a lot of Shakespeare I just don’t enjoy. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate Shakespeare’s genius. … Continue reading Anthony and Cleopatra

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise

I recently started off on a rabbit trail that leads back through prominent librarians of the 20th Century to the first women librarians in America. These women were influential in shaping ideas about the kinds of books that should be written for children. Many of them resorted to writing children’s books themselves.   While sorting … Continue reading Miss Moore Thought Otherwise