We have had great success with our family read alouds this month as. I can remember reading aloud when my 16 and 14 year olds were very young. They had to be around 3 and 4 when I began? Wonderful memories of sitting beside their beds and reading aloud a few chapters each night.
Times have changed a bit. Ahem. Now I have nine children and read aloud time isn’t always quiet and peaceful. As I read a variety of activities could be underway: drawing, Legos, knitting, and someone chasing the baby around. He is on the go and sees no need to stop for a good read aloud.
This month we enjoyed Honk the Moose (Phil Stong). I grabbed this one on impulse; it was an Honor Book for the Newbery Medal in the 1930’s. If you haven’t read it, you should! Fun read!
We also finished up Greenglass House (Kate Milford) . It was a good read but slow to start. Depending on your children, you might want this one to serve as independent reading.
Currently underway is The Green Ember (S. D. Smith). A week or so ago it was free for Kindle so I quickly added to our Kindle before the opportunity was gone. We are halfway through this story and all of the children are loving the adventure.
The Green Ember introduces us to Heather and Picket, sister and brother rabbits. At first I was a bit put off because the rabbits can do anything; they are not limited to the behaviors of rabbits. As you read the rabbits will fight with swords, make pottery, serve up bowlfuls of soup, and sail in a boat. However, it doesn’t take long to get into the adventure and start to forget about the physical limits of true rabbits.
Heather and Picket’s family live away from most other rabbits and they don’t really know why. One day a strange visitor shows up and Heather and Picket are sent out to pick berries. They return to find their house in flames and their parents and baby brother are no where to be found. There is no time for anything else as a pack of wolves attack. Thankfully Heather and Picket are able to get away but the battle has just begun.
We are enjoying many discussion on the significance of different rabbits and what (or who) we think The Green Ember might be. Speculations are many on what will happen in the last half of this book. Different struggles of various characters have been discussed as well – pride, strength, perseverance, humility, arrogance.
If your children enjoy a good adventure, you need to read The Green Ember.
I’d love to hear what your family is reading aloud!