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“The Adventures of Robin Hood” Review

King Richard the First, Richard Coeur de Lion, came to the throne in 1189 – and very soon left his throne empty when he set off on the Crusade to free Jerusalem from the Saracens. So begins The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green. This is a book I recently taught in my fifth grade literature class. It… Continue reading “The Adventures of Robin Hood” Review

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“The Code Busters Club Case 1: The Secret of the Skeleton Key” Guest Review

My first guest post! Appropriately, it’s written by my 9 year old daughter who has turned into quite the reader. Here’s her take on a book she recently finished (with a few notes by me at the end). “Dakota – Cody – Jones had just finished creating a puzzle for the Code Busters Club to… Continue reading “The Code Busters Club Case 1: The Secret of the Skeleton Key” Guest Review

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“The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” Review

“Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a rabbit who was made almost entirely of china.” So begins The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (and, I must add, wonderfully illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline). This is a book that Ivy recently received and, as I’m on Christmas vacation and have some extra time on my hands,… Continue reading “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” Review

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“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” Review

“Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy.” So begins The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. This is, of course, the first of Lewis’ well-known Narnia series (I know, I know… first in publication but second in chronology). My dad first read this to me when I was… Continue reading “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” Review

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“The World’s Greatest Detective” Review

“Most people who made their way to Detective’s Row were in trouble, one way or another, and Toby Montrose was in a heap of it.” So begins The World’s Greatest Detective by Caroline Carlson. This was another book we considered for Ivy’s book box birthday gifts, and I gave it a read through beforehand. In brief, it… Continue reading “The World’s Greatest Detective” Review

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What to Do on Birthdays When There are Already Too Many Toys?

Our daughter’s birthday is in October and with Christmas following soon after, gift-giving has been on our minds. Increasingly, however, this presents Kyna and I with a conundrum: we want these events to be special and for our kids to get gifts that they’re really excited about, but they have so many toys already! They’re… Continue reading What to Do on Birthdays When There are Already Too Many Toys?