Reading round up for the week or so:
Above is pictured the Book that Overtook the Family. It was given to us by a family at church who has been gifting us with piles of some really wonderful books. This one is The Family that Overtook Christ, about St. Bernard of Clairvaux and his very saintly family. Mary Rose picked it up right away and read it, and has been urging me to read it ever since. Having a book recommended by both Mary Rose and Christine had me quite convinced to read it, but I only got through part of the introduction before Anna snatched it up. Someday I'll get a turn.
Leisure: The Basis of Culture - I asked Jonathan to get this for me at the library, but I think he's already finished it before I've even started it. Sarah says Dr. Perrin quotes it all the time - must be quite a classic. :-)
Tyborne and the Gem of Christendom - (another new book from the book family, bless them) is making the rounds - Mary Rose, Anna and Lydia have thus far read this story of the English martyrs.
Come Rack, Come Rope - Lydia is reading this one by Robert Hugh Benson, also new to us and also about the sufferings of Catholics in England. I think this English martyr kick got started when Mary Rose read St. Edmund Campion and Jonathan had out his brother's Autobiography of a Hunted Priest.
It's not entirely martyrs and wars around here - Kateri just devoured her first Meindert DeJong today, The Big Goose and the Little White Duck, while Eliza has been enjoying some Mary Poppins. She also re-read a good bit of Freddy and the Igmormus, which I just finished reading aloud to them. The Freddy the Pig books are an old series of books, and it's curious how much they feel like other familiar stories of talking animals, while remaining entirely different. They are great for reading aloud where you can do up the drama and comedy (and discreetly bleep over the occasional word you'd rather skip). I think we might just move on to that other famous talking pig for our next little girl read aloud - Junior Tea Time I like to call it. Charlotte and Wilbur, here we come.