We are making steady progress, aren’t we? All the way to O now.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
This is a very touching story about Ivan and his friends. Ivan is an gorilla who was captured and kept in a glass enclosure at a mall. Told from Ivan’s point of view, we experience his life, and that of his animal friends, as a sight for humans. Ivan focuses on the people watching, television, and creating art. Seldom remembering home, he spends his years living this life and barely remembering his old one in the jungle. Then, he meets Ruby, a baby elephant who was taken from the wild, and he now has much to think on and remember.
Miss E highly recommends this story and has read, and reread, it a number of times. We have also listened to it as an audio book on a road trip. It was difficult to listen to for the first time since we were unfamiliar with the characters but it was worth persevering through because the story was extremely touching. A definite recommend.
There is also a website for the book that has a little bit of background.
On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck
Yes, this is another one by Richard Peck and we all enjoyed it, too. Set during World War II on the home front, Davy Bowman has heroes in his life – his dad, who is brave and admired by everyone, and his big brother Bill who flies B-17 planes in the war. Davy wonders how to live up to all that is going on around him and seeks to find ways to help out. From air raid drills to scrap metal drives, the war on the home front is hard and confusing and boys grow up in a hurry.
Orphan Train Adventures by Joan Lowery Nixon
The original series of seven books are our favorites. Telling the story of orphans who are sent west during the 1800s, this series of books is historical fiction at its finest. Gripping stories of children who are pulled away from their homes in the east and placed on trains going west to wherever someone claimed them, these books bring the struggles families to light. The Kelly children’s trip and lives are chronicles in this series.
Miss L recommends this series and enjoyed it very much. She also enjoyed reading it aloud to her younger sister. When books bring people together, you know they are good!
Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
Based on the life of the author’s own great-aunt and found in her diaries, May Amelia is a character as big as the land she lives in – the state of Washington. Set in 1899, as a pioneer, May Amelia has a large family – seven brothers. And she is the only girl. Really – the only one ever born in the new settlement. Her family works hard and May Amelia finds adventure everywhere she turns. The problem? Her family wants her to behave like a Proper Young Lady. That is really hard when life is so full of fun and adventure.
This book, and its sequel, popped right out of Miss L’s mouth when we got to the O books. She really enjoyed this one. Set in a favorite time period and with a girl who is all adventure, it isn’t surprising that Miss L enjoyed these. Even better is that it is based on real-life. While not a straight biography, it is a good read full of history.
So that is it for the O books this week. Do you have any to add to our list?
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
H – Half Magic & Horse Diaries
I – Indian in the Cupboard & Island of the Blue Dolphins
J – Journey to America & Julie: An American Girl – 1974
K – Kite Fighters & Key to the Extraordinary
L – Little Women & Long Way From Chicago
M – Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle & Mistakes That Worked
N – North Child & Number the Stars