Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Books BooksBooks

We have been reading a lot of great stories lately. I thought I would share some of them. The covers are linked to further information.

I saw Jotham's Journey on a new blog, The Architect & the Artist, along with the other two books in the series. I went to the library and it was sitting on the New Book display! Jotham is chapter/ devotional a day Advent story. It is a griping story. I would probably not read it to children under 2nd grade because there are some violent acts. I cannot wait each day to hear what happens next.

When we started studying multiplication, I scoured the library for storybooks to go along with it. I was surprised to find a chapter book. G enjoyed following Wilson's journey through the dreaded Timed Test. Other multiplication titles we enjoyed were: 2x2= Boo!, The Best of Times, and Too Many Kangaroo Things to Do.

Jack Stalwart, a pint sized James Bond. Jack receives a mystery country puzzle piece each night at 7:30. Placing this piece in his map whisks him off to his next assignment. These books are a similar reading level to Magic Tree House, in my opinion but are shelved with the next level up in our library. We devoured these books as soon as we could get our hands on the next one. There are 12 books in this series.

One Hen. Words cannot express how inspiring this book is. It gives me chills. Based on a true story, Kojo turns a few coins into a business which will, over his lifetime, change his country. It makes me want to do something somewhere.

My not so favorite books but hugely popular with our library friends. G goes to look at the selection every time we set foot in the building. The 8-10 year old boy set loves them. G likes the action and the "life risking" moments. Momma's not so much. I think the writing is a bit choppy and overly simple. They remind me of Goosebumps. Same storyline just change the name and location.

What have you been reading?


School for Us said...

Oh... I've been meaning to post about Jotham's Journey! We read it last year and really enjoyed it. This year, we're reading the 2nd book - Bartholomew's Passage. It is wonderful, too!

Betsy said...

I also am a big fan of One Hen - it really helps kids understand business, global issues, and giving back to others- all from one story! I am not a homeschooler, but you should know that there are some great teaching resources available to help kids "do something" with the lessons learned. Check out for some of the lesson plans, or post a comment and I'll send some more ideas. My daughter loves it and is raising money for Africa!

Teacher of One said...

If you click on the pictures they link you to the books. Some go to amazon but others like One Hen go to the foundation site.

PisecoMom said...

Thanks for the Jack Stalwart recommendation! KarateKid still loves Magic Tree House books for a quick read during lunch, and after reading this post I'm positive he'd love Jack Stalwart just as much! :)

aly in va said...

we also enjoyed Jonathan's Journey and absolutely loved One Hen. I still use that book today to ecourage my little one at times.