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.