Seems like we just keep chugging along. We are on the letter H this week and have some fun book titles to share with you.
Half Magic by Edgar Eager
This was a story that At Home Dad read to the girls a couple of years ago. Originally published in the 1950s, this fun story incorporates magic, as is indicated by the title, so if magic isn’t something you want your children reading about, jump to the next book on our list, please.
Stumbling across a strange coin one day, Jane and her siblings begin to experience the strangest things – wishes are coming true. But not exactly. The wishes are being half granted. So, how do you make your wishes come true when the coin doesn’t grant the whole wish? Do you double them? Will that fix it or cause double the trouble? The adventures, and misadventures, of the children make this a fun read aloud.
There are other books the followed related to these children and they are all fun reads.
Horse Diaries by various authors, illustrated by Ruth Sanderson
This series is a fun chapter book series that focuses on the lives of horses. Each horse is a different breed and has different challenges in life. There are some stories that are better written but all have the wonderful illustrations of Sanderson. Miss L also recommended these books and has some that she definitely prefers, including Bell’s Star (#2).
Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson
While any story about Helen Keller is interesting, Miss L particularly enjoyed this version of the story. A couple of years ago, she read every book she could find on Helen Keller and so became quite familiar with various versions. This one may be her favorite because it is one of the copies we own and I believe it was the first one she read. But it may be because this one is just particularly good. Either way, she recommends this one.
This particular biography focuses on the childhood of Helen. It does venture into her adult life in the last chapter or two. But the focus on Helen’s childhood is what helps this book relate to the older elementary, younger middle school group. It is easy to read and full of the curiosity children have. That is one of the things that make children want to more about Helen – her curiosity piques theirs.
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
E – The Endless Steppe & Ella Enchanted
F – Family Tree & Fog Magic
G – Great Turkey Walk & The Great Brain