Today’s post is a combo of the ABC blogging I have been participating in and the Book Club that Wendy and I have been posting monthly. The reason? This past month has flown past me and so has this week. So, I’m combining today.
For the Book Club, we are just going to share all of these but my favorite was The Twinkle Tales. Wendy has been a bit busy with a busy turn of events in her life so I haven’t even talked Book Club with her. The book I thought I would be sharing about – Tom Hanks’ Uncommon Type – turned out to be a HUGE disappointment. It was not a good book at all. For me, it was not just not good to read; it was unpleasant and contained themes that I would never intentionally share. So, if you picked that book up on my suggestion? I apologize.
Now. On to the books I did like.
Twinkle Tales by L. Frank Baum
Yes, the author of the Oz series, specifically The Wizard of Oz, wrote some other things. These are really quite fun, but strange, tales. It is a series of stories that are connected to each other through the characters of Twinkle and Chubbins. Twinkle is a little girl and Chubbins is her friend. These are strange, wonderful stories that are full of imagination, adventure, and fun. We used this as a read aloud and it was just delightful. It would do just as well as a personal read because it is just so fun and different. I think my favorite was the story titled “Policeman Bluejay.” In this story the children become little birds (larks) and enjoy many adventures before they are able to return to little children. In one story Twinkle and Chubbins end up as prairie dogs in a prairie dog town and in another they become a couple of “sugar people”, a group that lives at Sugar Loaf Mountain. These are just fun, but surprising tales.
Thick as Thieves by Susan K. Marlow
As you know, we really enjoy the books Susan K Marlow writes. The Andi series is a lot of fun and brings Christian values to the story. While Andi gets into tons of situations that a regular person would not, they are interesting to read and the lessons learned are valuable. This is the first book in the Circle C Milestones series, which features Andrea Carter (Andi) as a teenager. You can read more about the story in our previous review of the book.
Here is a summary of the books from my review:
Set in the 1880s, Thick As Thieves opens with 14 year old Andrea Carter tenderly caring for Taffy, her beloved horse who is about to foal on the family’s ranch, Circle C. Andi trusts her gut instincts, something that is hard to do as the youngest in a family, and pesters her older siblings until someone listens to her about Taffy having difficulty with the foal. It turns out that Andi was right to think something was wrong but with the help of her older brother, Taffy gives birth. This birth brings new challenges and many changes to her life.
As the book moves along, Andi is struggling with many things as she grows up. She wants to continue with her life as it is but her mother and older sister think it is time for her to begin acting like a young lady. Andi doesn’t enjoy school much because the work isn’t challenging for her and she loves to be outside with her horses. As Andi continue to work on being a good student and a good horsewoman, she is given a much more difficult challenge at school. Her new seatmate is a difficult girl who seems bent on causing Andi problems. To make matters even more of a struggle, there are cattle rustlers in the valley causing problems for everyone.
That’s it for today. Thanks for joining me for the letter T. I am going to see what I can dig up for the letter U next week. As of right now, that line in my ABC blogging plan is blank!! Eek!
I hope to have a better update for Book Club next month and perhaps I can find a good one to read that I can share early enough that those of you interested could read it ahead of time. 🙂
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
O – One and Only Ivan & Our Only May Amelia
P – Pollyanna & Prism of Wings
Q – Quanah Parker & Quake!
R – Robin Hood & Rilla of Ingleside
S – Sisters Grimm & Singer of All Songs
Also linking up with the Homeschool Review Crew weekly linkup.