Letter A is funny when it comes to book titles, isn’t it? I tend to think of titles that begin with “A” or “An.” But that doesn’t work for alphabetizing and since the giggly girls are helping me choose books for this, we had a quick alphabetizing lesson. Good for all of us!
On to the books, though, right?
All of a Kind Family by Sidney Taylor
Summary – This is a fun book written back in 1951 about life is the big city of New York at the turn of century. The family is all of a kind – girls. (Just what my girls enjoyed reading about!) The Jewish family is full of fun, adventure, and giggles with five girls. The five girls learn about life through daily activities that mama makes fun and by visiting with peddlars in papa’s shop. From trips to the market to trips to the library (oh the anguish of a lost book!), the girls are always ready for time together. And surprises! What a fun surprise they get to experience in this book.
My giggly girls enjoyed this book so much that we bought a copy of it and have worn it ragged. It makes a lovely read aloud, and not just for girls. The historical fiction is lots of fun and by weaving in the life of a Jewish family, we learned a lot about related traditions and holidays.
Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse by Ursula Moray Williams
Summary – Written in 1938, this is the tale of the travels around the world of the little wooden horse. The little wooden horse was made with love by Uncle Peder and faithfully helped him until one day, Uncle Peder becomes ill. The little wooden horse goes into the world to sell himself and help his master. In doing so, the little wooden horse meets lovely children excited to meet him and grumpy adults who throw things at him. He pulls a barge to help others and earns money. He has to escape a mean master who refuses to pay or let him go free as agreed. The little wooden horse crosses the ocean to help his master. When he finally makes it home, he finds something that is a terrible surprise!
This was a book that our family stumbled upon and it is such a treasure! We highly recommend this joyful book about doing all you can for someone and pushing yourself far beyond what you think you can do. Giving all of yourself out of selfless love is the theme of this lovely story. We used it as a read-aloud and I have found the girls reading it on their own since. A joy!
Other books recommended by the girls include:
An Author’s Odyssey by Chris Colfer
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Enjoy reading and finding new books!
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