Thursday, September 2, 2010
Read Aloud: Hope for the Flowers
In my search for age-appropriate read aloud books for the kids, I came across Hope for the Flowers. I borrowed it from a friend who said, "YOU MUST READ THIS."
And I'm so glad we did. It is very much age-appropriate at any age. About risk-taking to make something beautiful. About not following just to follow. And the lead characters? Catapillars named Yellow and Stripe, no less. Though this novel was written in 1973, I feel like it was written for me, for them, right now.
I poked around the web and you can still get a copy here.
So far we've read Sarah, Plain and Tall, Skylark, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
And on my last Read Aloud post, we got tons of great suggestions on what to read next.
Laural Ingalls Wilder
Roald Dahl-- Of which I've read everything by him that I could get my hands on. When I was a nanny, we read George's Marvelous Medicine-- and the girls still have it (one of them is a senior in college!).
Toy Go Out or Toy Dance Party
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo
Twig by Elizabeth Orton Jones (I would also recommend Big Susan)
"My Naughty Little Sister" series by Dorothy Edwards
The "Betsy" books by Carolyn Haywood
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindegren
Little Pear by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
Mr Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
Fudge by Judy Blume
Such a great list! Anymore to add?