Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Books, Books, Books!

The extra sunlight at the end of the day means we can all get a lot more reading in! Evie has been loving Daring Book for Girls. It is quite a compendium, filled with everything from rules for softball, to list of famous female inventors to directions to make a willow whistle. Evie made her Daring Girls Kit immediately, and yesterday morning was spent making cloth-covered books for friends. There is also a Dangerous Book for Boys. I am told by a friend (a 12 year old boy) that as a girl, I am risking life and limb by looking inside that one!

Months ago I picked up The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter for 50 cents at a used book store. It sat on the shelf for quite awhile until Evie picked up yesterday and started in. It draws threads between the world of Harry Potter and the myths and legends and facts that J.K. Rowling used to create the stories. That made Evie want to re-read the HP series so she has been walking around engulfed by #1 since yesterday afternoon.

Thanks to Denise I am never at a loss for good books to read. I recently finished On Good Land: Autobiography of an Urban Farm, Extreme Simplicity: Homesteading In the City, and The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans. The last was my favorite, the author talks with a number of immigrant Americans about how gardening is a way to preserve their cultural heritage--very moving. I have quite a few on my "hold" list at the library, I will report back on those as well.


denise said...

Yay! :) That last book was a very interesting read to me too. I am re-checking it out for my husband as well.

Stephanie S. said...

I (a female) am crazy about Dangerous Book for Boys!
I bought it honestly - for my son.

After reading this, I think I must get For Girls for my daughter. (who is still a wee one, yet, but she'll be catching up quickly, I'm convinced.)

Eluciq said...

We do have the Dangerous Books for Boys...and oh boy...but we should pick up the girls one the books Evie has made are awesome.

Love the pic of Evie Reading atop the recycle(?) can.

Kellan said...

We are big Harry fans here in my house. My 16 years old twins love Harry Potter and are BIG readers. My son is 11 and is FINALLY getting into reading like his sisters.

Cute pictures!

I'm Kellan, btw - nice to meet you. SEe you soon.