Books I Read Aloud to the Kids–July, 2019

We’re back to driving down to ABA four days a week and picking up Bookworm from school, which means more driving time.  Now, we’re also adding in dyslexia tutoring, which means one more 1.5 hour drive round trip in addition to the four 1.5 hour round trips we make to ABA every week, so we have LOTS of time to listen to great audios.

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Books We Read

We finished 1 books in July, but we’re in the middle of reading 5 others, so we should complete a lot of books in August:

Malala Yousafzai by Jenni L. Walsh

Cuddle Bug got Malala Yousafzai as a reward for participating in the library reading program.  We all enjoyed reading about Malala’s courage and resolve when faced with serious restrictions by the Talaban and then when recovering from being shot.  This was an inspiring story.

Audio Stories We Listened to

We got in several good, long audio stories in July:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I read the Harry Potter series as an adult and loved it.  I eagerly waited for Bookworm to be old enough to read the series, but he never really got into it.  🙁  However, I thought that Cuddle Bug, who scares easily, was finally ready for the series, so we listened to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.  To my delight, the girls loved it.  Yes!

This audio was approximately 9 hours long.

The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall

We’ve loved the first three Penderwicks books, but even though The Penderwicks in Spring is good, we didn’t like it as well.  In this book, Rosalind is off to college, and Skye and Jane are in high school.  This time the story is told from Batty’s point of view.  There’s also some emphasis on Batty’s brother, Ben, and sister, Lydia.  I think the problem is that in earlier books, we really got to know Rosalind, Skye, and Jane and liked their story, so it was a bit sad to see them not play much of role in this book.

This audio was approximately 10 hours long.

Shiloh Season in Spring by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

PB & J Girl read Shiloh by herself, so she was excited for this audio, which is next in the series.  In Shiloh Season, Marty worries that Shiloh’s original owner, the alcoholic, Judd Travers, will hurt or kill Shiloh.  But then something dramatic happens, that changes the course of events.

While the story was good, the way the narrator read it made the story very difficult to understand.

This audio was approximately 2.5 hours long.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

I read Black Beauty several years ago with Bookworm, and now again with the girls.  Each time, the book struck me as a handbook for how to care for a horse.  Black Beauty is born and grows up in a farm where he is treated well and respected, but throughout his lifetime, many different people own him, and he’s treated very differently at each farm, sometimes neglected, sometimes abused, and sometimes gently.

This audio was approximately 5 hours long.

The Bamboo Sword  by Margi Preus

I didn’t hear all of this story because my daughter was riding with my husband when The Bamboo Sword first started, but this story is about the American ships entering Edo Bay for the first time.  Yoshi is just a servant, but he longs to fight the American “barbarians.”  Instead, he meets a young American his own age, and Yoshi’s opinions begin to change, taking him on a fabulous journey.

This audio was approximately 6 hours long.

We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March  by Cynthia Levine

We’ve Got a Job is a non-fiction book that details the role children played in Birmingham during the Civil Rights Movement.  This book was gritty and unabashedly described the turbulent times.  The store followed four children who were pivotal to the movement.  At times it was difficult to listen to, but I was glad my girls now know more about this time period.

This audio was approximately 6.5 hours long.

Books read in 2019: 15

Audios listened to in 2019: 38

Total books read or listened to in 2019: 53

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