The letter W was actually quite easy to get a list for. We probably have too many titled for it but that’s okay. I’ll share them anyway.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
This is the book that the wonderfully imaginative movie was created from. The story is a glorious read with tons of opportunity for the reader to use their imagination. It has all the elements you would expect if you have seen the movie – Dorothy being swept away in a tornado, landing in a strange village, befriending the tin man, the lion, and the scarecrow. Even the flying monkey are included. But the book is vastly different from the movie in the way the story runs along. It was a fantastic read aloud for our family and we definitely recommend it. The following books in the series were not quite so interesting for the girls so I think we only got through two additional books and they were quite different.
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Summary provided by Miss L: This was a book about Ada, who is 10. She was born with a club foot and her mother did not like her. When WWII started and the government began evacuating children from London, her mother decided to send Ada’s brother to the country but not her. Ada decided she was going to go to, even though her mother had not given her permission. In the country, she gets to live a very different sort of life with all these luxuries and all the food she wants. Her mother comes back to get her and life changes again, leaving Ada wanting to return to the country.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
Summary provided by Miss L: Meg is the main character, along with her brother Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin. They go on a voyage with three old ladies who have magical powers to a bunch of different planets in the solar system. They are on a search to find Meg’s father.
Wings of Fire: The Dragon Prophesy by Tui T Southerland
This is book 1 in the series.
Summary provided by Miss E: It is about dragons and there are humans that are called scavengers. The dragons see them as animals. In this first book, it is centered on Clay, a mud-wing dragon. He and four other dragons are trapped under a mountain by three other dragons, the Guardians. The Guardians keep telling them that being kept there is for their own good. The dragons have not ever seen the outside, except small peeks through the sky hole. They come up with a plan to escape and they succeed. In the process, though, they get captured by the queen of the Sky-wings, who are involved in a war. According to a prophesy, Clay and his friends are supposed to stop this war. Once in captivity, Queen Scarlet likes to watch dragons fight and kill each other and this is what Clay and his friends are captured for. In the end, they are able to escape, with the help of the queen’s “killer dragon”, and they take off to find their parents.
The Wide-Awake Princess by E.D. Baker
Summary provided by Miss E: The Wide-Awake Princess is about a girl named Annie. Her sister is Sleeping Beauty. When Annie was a baby, she only got one christening gift – magic could not touch her, whether good or bad. When the curse on Sleeping Beauty takes effect, Annie is not affected. She and her friend Liam, one of the guards, go to find all the princes so that one of them can reverse the curse and wake Sleeping Beauty. This is the story of their travels.
There are several other books about Annie and they are fun books to read. The last couple in the series about Annie include characters from the Frog Princess series so the stories overlap a bit, sharing character. This is fun and now that she has shared the summary with you, Miss E wants to read it yet again. (I think we know what is going on her library check-out list for next week!)
There are two other W-titled books that I want to put on your radar. I am not providing a summary for these but they are ones that we keep on our shelves.
Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
The Wouldbegoods by E. Nesbit
Hope you have some good reading time this week and find some titles that bring you joy.
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
T – Thick as Thieves & Twinkle Tales
U – Under the Lilacs
V – Valkyrie & Voyage on the Titanic