Saturday, May 21, 2011


A year ago I went to a Carole Joy Seid seminar and she recommended Gene Stratton-Porter books. I was a little embarrassed to admit that I grew up in IN and I never read any of these classic books written by an author near where I lived. When we went to Fort Wayne last September, I used some of our store credit at Hyde Brothers used bookstore to get one of each of the titles of her books on their shelf.
This week in my free time I read Freckles. I can't wait until the Lambs are old enough to enjoy this being read aloud. I think they will enjoy the boy qualities of this book and there is just enough romance/chivalry etc. to make it interesting for me too. It will also get a little natural history and science in them in a fun way.
My next goal is to read more Gene Stratton-Porter books and the next time we go to IN to spend a day here (with or without the Lambs).
Sometimes I mourn that I don't have a daughter to read Anne of Green Gables and my other favorite girl books with. I decided a few years ago that I would read those books again myself since I don't have daughters to read them to. (I read the Anne series, Little House series, and some other "girl" books then.) I think Gene Stratton-Porter books will be enjoyable for the Lambs and myself to read together-good "boy" books with enough to make them interesting for Mama too.


Raggedy Sue said...

You might be surprised at what your boys like. I just started homeschooling our eight-year-old son In January. The third book we read for Lit was "Little House in the Big Woods." He LOVED it - wild animals, naughty kids, crazy uncles, yummy food, and a bee attack were more than enough to keep his attention! We are currently finishing the year with "Farmer Boy."
On the otherhand, both my husband and son refer to "Anne" as "the girl who won't stop talking." So I have a L
Audiobook download of Green Gables on my iPhone Whenever I want to be left alone, I get in the mood to "listen to Anne." :)

Helpful Teacher said...

Reading Anne with a daughter would bring about different conversation than reading it with sons. I also agree with Raggedy Sue, though. My free-spirited, active, very-much-boy was just introduced to Anne quite by accident. Now he's reading it on his own and he wanted to listen to it on tape. He can relate to Anne on the impulsive level while dd relates to Anne very much for her extreme imagination. It makes for a fun little "book club".

Helpful Teacher said...

Oh, and I think ds will have to read *something* by Jane Austen before he graduates. Great rules for courtship there.

(Of course that probably means I'll have to do my part and read some manly novel, too, although I'm not even sure what an example of a manly novel is.)