You know, B books were harder for us to find. I could probably have done a basic search online but searching through our bookshelves was so much more fun! We did come up with a couple of titles for you that have been loved by at least one or more of our family.
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
Originally published in 1958, many of you already know Paddington. This one is definitely for the 5th/6th grade level of middle school but such a sweet book. The Brown family is lucky indeed to have met Paddington on a railway station. Paddington is a bear that hails from Darkest Peru. And with him, he brings all sorts of unlikely adventures and misadventures. He is endearing and everyone falls in love with him, it seems. There are several Paddington books, including More About Paddington, which is also on our shelf. We recommend this unique bear and his story.
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
This book was published originally in 1936. It features three young girls – Petrova, Pauline and Posy. The three girls are orphans who are taking in by family. They attend a performance school, determined to launch themselves into show business and make a name for themselves. With plenty of practice and hard work, each one’s talents may just make a way clear.
My interest in this book actually started in a movie. 🙂 In You’ve Got Mail, it is a series that is mentioned and the lady talks about it being just wonderful. I have to agree with her now that I have read one of them. I am keeping my eye out for the others in the series.
This is not an easy book to read but it is a pleasant one to make your way through. One of my girls tore through it quickly, loving every bit of it. Another has not even been tempted by it. The third is not quite old enough for it, yet. It has the lovely language of the older writings and has a story line that really speaks to one who is searching to find her talents. A joy to read for me.
Bessie’s Pillow by Linda Bress Silbert
This is a historical fiction that we reviewed earlier this Crew year. Check it out; it was a really neat book.
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman
A California mining camp story of a young girl from 1849.
Be sure to visit the linkup to find a variety of posts from friends who are Blogging Through the Alphabet. You can find it hosted by Hopkins Homeschool, DoodleMom’s Homeschooling Life and Biblical Womanhood.
My previous posts in the series:
A – All-of-a-Kind Family and Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse
B – Ballet Shoes and A Bear Called Paddington