On to letter E. These were not too hard. We have several books that begin with the letter E on our shelves and the girls just jumped with a couple of these titles. I grabbed another one that I think is really good, too.
Endless Steppe – Esther Hautzig
Esther and her family are forced from their home in June 1941. They are removed from their homeland of Poland to live in the frozen steppe of Siberia. The hard life they are to endure is far removed from the life they are forced from, all because they are “enemies of the government.” After their arrest by the government of Russia and their move to Siberia, the family survives through sheer determination and willpower.
This book reminds us that the horrors of WWII were not just in western Europe but also in many other places around the world. In this case, we are able to read the story of a young girl from Poland and the life she has to live in hardship due to Russia.
Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine
At her birth, Ella of Frell is given an awful gift – the gift of obedience. Perhaps the fairy was well meaning but it made life difficult for Ella. She must do whatever anyone tells her. For strong-willed Ella, this is terrible but she is determined to fight against that fate. She WILL break free from this curse/gift. Amidst the stepsisters, fairy godmothers, ogres, princes, and more, this is a fun story that is worth a read.
And, after you have read it, catch the movie with actress Anne Hatheway. It is super fun. We enjoy watching the movie as family. If you have a youngster, there is one scene where she is breaking free from the curse that could possibly be scary.
Elsie Dinsmore series – Martha Finley
In book 1, Elsie’s Endless Wait, Elsie is a young girl who is being raised by her well-off grandfather because her father is away and her mother has died. She loves her governess Miss Rose but by the others is often left out, ignored, or mistreated. Young Miss Elsie has been taught to treasure her Bible and to trust God above everything else. This is what sustains her during her wait and the trying times and questions that assault her.
The series is about Elsie’s life growing up and the faith that she has and relies on. It was instantly popular when it was first written by Martha Finley over 100 years ago.
Miss E has really enjoyed this series. There are some newer rewrites that are not as good as the originals, though they are based on them. I read the first rewrite aloud and wasn’t crazy about it. Miss E, though, has checked out as many as she can find from the library.
Enna Burning (book 2 of a series) – Shannon Hale
This is not one I know but the girls have enjoyed it. I will state that they read so much that I cannot keep up with all of their reading and so we trust them to let us know if there is something we need to discuss in the books. I don’t know about this one but the girls definitely recommend it.
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
C – Counting by 7s and Cheaper By The Dozen
D – Door In The Wall & D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths