Reading roundup for the past week or so:
Kateri is re-reading the dearly beloved Martha books. I love this old picture of her from fall of 2007 ! (sniff) This week she's read Down to the Bonny Glen, The Far Side of the Loch, and Little House in the Highlands and she's reading them in reverse order for some unknown reason. I think she picked up Bonny Glen first and she said she went 'backwards' from there. She looks a bit different now-
She told me she's only allowed to read Mary Rose's set of Melissa Wiley's books. As you can see she has a well-loved copy; the other girls have sets of these out-of-print treasures that they are saving and trying to keep from getting all tattered and dog eared like this one.
Eliza has a habit of picking up whatever book I'm reading aloud and starting over at the beginning, reads it aloud. Turns out I changed my mind about starting Charlotte's Web like I had planned -when I read Leila's charming post on The Wind in the Willows (love that Milne quote! insert others too like Lord of the Rings...) I just had to start reading it for our next teatime read aloud, so Rat and Mole it is rather than Charlotte and Wilbur. I also realized my older girls had never read it before so we are all having a grand time hearing it together aloud for the first time. And then Eliza really does it up with the dramatic flair and animated voices rendering her read aloud recap quite entertaining for the rest of us as well.
Mary Rose has her own post up on the girls' blog about all the World War II books she's been reading. As she tells it, she read Enemy Brothers for the first time recently and that sent her off on quite an extensive WWII trail. It's been so fun to see her plowing through all of the old favorites the boys used to love so well (I used to think Josiah had most of We Were There at the Normandy Invasion and The Story of D-Day committed to memory, he read them so often back in the day). Reading material also has a way of greatly influencing the artwork being produced around here, and Mary Rose has done some very nice illustrations based on the book as well. She is just all around immersed in the time period: last night she dreamt Jonathan was a midshipman on the Arizona and Josiah was in the RAF and we lived in the White Priory in Warsaw and our house was full of evacs. J& J were on leave and ...
Anna has read The Reb and the Redcoats left out by her sisters and is re-reading some of the favorite WWII books as well. I don't think anyone in this house ever gets tired of The Winged Watchman and the like.
Lydia finished Come Rack! Come Rope! and moved on to Crossbows and Crucifixes for some more hunted priest action. Presently she's jumped time and place and is re-reading the Civil War favorite Across Five Aprils.
Jonathan finally had his turn at The Family that Overtook Christ and is now reading another lovely volume from the book family, The Life of Sir Thomas More. This classic looks really interesting as it was written by Thomas More's son-in-law, and this Templegate Publishers edition is really lovely with several illustrations and decorative pages throughout.