I’ll confess, most of my adult reading has gone by the wayside since we made the decision to homeschool back in May. First, I started reading books about how to homeschool, and then I switched to reading Bookworm’s books before he did so I could help teach him.
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Some of my summer reads included Black Beauty, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, and A Wrinkle in Time. (I read the latter as a young elementary student and could make no sense of it. It made much more sense when I read it as an adult!)
The first read-aloud that Bookworm and I read this school year was I, Juan de Pareja. This book was excellent, and I’d recommend it for both adults and upper elementary, middle school, and high school students.
This book is based on the true story of the famous Spanish painter, Diego Velazquez and his slave, Juan de Pareja. What I loved most about this book was that it was rooted in reality. One of the pictures that Velazquez was working on would be mentioned in the book, and Bookworm and I would look it up on the Internet. Having a context for the artwork made us appreciate it even more.
This is also a good book for those who like history. But even better, we both came to like the characters and the strong relationship between the two of them. Though one was slave and one was master, they worked as nearly equals, even though Juan de Pareja kept a secret that bothered him for years.
Whether you read this book by yourself or with your kids, you’ll enjoy it.
On the Mom’s Plans’ scale, I give it 5 stars out of 5.