After reading the final book in the Harry Potter series and starting How the Irish Saved Civilization, my literary efforts took a nosedive.
Partly due to sickness, partly to out of town guests, and partly to spending spare time fiddling with a wonky blog, I can only say that I’ve completed some great children’s books this month.
And that’s ok.
I’m hopeful that after fully recovering from whatever virus is still lingering, I’ll be back at my books to read in 2014-ish. (The “ish” takes the pressure off :)).
What I’ve Read This Month
When I heard it took J.K Rowling seven years to map out the whole series and write the first Potter book, I thought: crazy! After reading the last book and seeing how intricately they were all woven together, I’m not surprised.
It was a redemptive and satisfying end to the series.
(Fun fact: Apparently Rowling is a huge Jane Austen fan and regards Emma as one of the best written mysteries–in that the clues were there all along, but the reader doesn’t put them together until the end. And then everything makes perfect sense).
(Written for children, enjoyed by all ages)
Audrey Bunny by Angie Smith
Such a precious story of a bunny who tries to hide her imperfections from her owner, then realizes it was the imperfections that make her special and chosen.
It had added depth for me because I knew the real-life story it was inspired by, but the tender message and beautiful illustrations make it easy for anyone to enjoy. Bun immediately asked for a re-read.
(Bonus: Breezy Brookshire, the illustrator,, has her own Etsy shop with some beautiful watercolor prints. I picked up this one for our own little storyteller’s recent birthday).
Poppy’s Babies by Jill Barklem
I’m a sucker for anything Brambly Hedge, so I use all birthdays and holidays as excuses to buy more books to add to our collection.
While I didn’t love The Secret Staircase as much as I’d hoped, Poppy’s Babies is one of my new favorites. Maybe because I can so identify with the main character, an exhausted new mom (albeit a mouse-mom).
In any case, it’s a sweet story with fantastic illustrations of the mice homes along Brambly Hedge. My top fantasy places to live: Narnia, Middle-Earth, or Brambly Hedge. In case you were wondering.
After reading All Creatures Great and Small last summer, I became a fast Herriot fan. I was recently and happily surprised to find he’d also done children’s books.
The ones I’ve read so far seem to be adaptations of chapters in his adult books, so I enjoyed the familiarity. Some of the phrases (Yorkshire-farmer slang?) don’t register with my four-year old, but that doesn’t stop her from sitting wide-eyed and eager for more about “Bonny the horsie.”
The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith
Beautiful, beautiful illustrations. Simple, scripture-honoring story from the perspective of the donkey who carried Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. A winner for Easter and year-round.
What have you been reading lately? (With or without the kids :))
And, head over to Modern Mrs. Darcy to check out what other lovely people are reading!
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