Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Phoenix and the Carpet

by E. Nesbit is a great book.

When Cyril, Robert, Anthea, and Jane find a phoenix's egg in a red rug that their mother bought, there's sure to be adventure. Their mother decides that the egg is meant to be some sort of a decoration; she puts the egg on the mantel. A few days later, Cyril, Robert, Anthea, and Jane decide to pretend to be living years ago when people offered sacrifice. They make a fire and while playing, Robert knocked the egg into the fire. With a loud "BOOM," the egg burst open and the phoenix flies out. He then tells the four children that the rug is a magic rug, and that it can take them any place they wish to go to. As always, the children decide to try the rug out. Of course, this leads them to all sorts of adventures!!!

The Phoenix and the Carpet is the sequel to Five Children and It, and the prequel to The Story of the Amulet. It's an EXCELLENT book and would make a GREAT read-aloud.

Hittite Warrior

by Joanne Williamson is a good book.

"Something caught my eye. It was a movement behind one of the bales in the darkest corner of all, and my skin began to crawl. There was too much activity among the soldiers and, drawn by curiosity in spite of fear, I moved toward what I had seen."

~From the Book~

The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt

by Elizabeth Payne is an excellent book to read for anyone who is studying Ancient Egypt. Others will enjoy it too.

P.S. One of the greatest Egyptian generals was only FIVE FEET TALL.

The Great Pyramid

by Elizabeth Mann.

Show; Don't Tell! Secrets of Writing

by Josephine Nobisso.

This a really good book. I've read it a few times during the time we've had it from the library. I really like it.

The Door In the Wall

by Marguerite de Angeli is a GREAT book.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Kat Finds a Friend: A St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Story

by Joan Stromberg is a wonderful story that teaches us about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's life as a mother of five children, and also as a nun. This would make a great read-aloud book.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Alvin Fernald: Master of a Thousand Disguises

by Clifford B. Hicks is a great book. My brother loves them.

Other "Alvin" books include:
Alvin's Secret Code
Alvin Fernald: Superweasel
Alvin Fernald: Mayor for a Day
Alvin Fernald: TV Anchorman
The Wacky World of Alvin Fernald

Join Alvin, Shoie, Daphne, (or "The Pest") and Alvin's other friends in these hilarious adventures.

Alvin Fernald: Mayor for Day

by Clifford B. Hicks is an excellent book. Boys will love it.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Story of the Amulet

by E. Nesbit. Cyril, Anthea, Robert, and Jane rescue the Psammead (or Sand Fairy from a pet-shop. They visit Ancient Egypt, Babylon, and other places.

Little House on the Prarie

by Laura Ingalls. Laura is moving away from the Big Woods in a covered wagon. This is the second book in the "Laura Years".

Little House in the Big Woods

by Laura Ingalls is about Laura when she live in some woods of Wisconsin with Pa, Ma, Mary,(her older sister,) and Carrie, (her younger sister.) These books make great read-alouds.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Sunflower Houses

by Sharon Lovejoy. This (like Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots,) is for people with green thumb.

Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots

by Sharon Lovejoy. This is a good book for people who like to garden.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Black Hearts In Battersea

by Joan Aiken. This sequel to The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is an excellent book.

The main characters in this book are:

Simon, Bonnie's friend from The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Sophie, Simon's sister
and Dido.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Trixie Belden

There are lots of books in this series. As I read them I will add them to this post.

In order they are:
The Secret of the Mansion, by Julie Campbell is the first book in the series. When Trixie meets Honey Wheeler, daughter of a millionaire, she has a feeling that she isn't going to have a boring summer. (And she doesn't.)
The Red Trailer Mystery, by Julie Campbell
The Gatehouse Mystery, by Julie Campbell
The Mysterious Visitor, by Julie Campbell
The Mystery off Glen Road, by Julie Campbell
Mystery in Arizona, by Julie Campbell

An Old-Fashioned Girl

by Louisa May Alcott.