Sunday, September 18, 2011

Five For Fun

Our first book this week was My Great Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston. Arizona was born in a log cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We find out all the things Arizona loves to do: sing, dance, and eat maple sugar candy. But more than anything Arizona wants to be a teacher. You'll have to read the book to find out if her dream comes true and just where did she get a name like Arizona anyway! 

Next up was the Pumpkin Runner by Marsha Diane Arnold. This is a neat story about a old Australian rancher named Joshua Summerhayes. All the other ranchers in the area are getting jeeps to check on their herds but not Joshua-he likes to run...with yellow dog trailing behind. One day Joshua decides to enter a 900 kilometer race and the grand prize is $10,000. Some crazy things happen along the way but will the race end in victory for Joshua? The story has a pretty amazing ending and it is based on a true story to boot!

On Wednesday we read Morning Glory Monday by Arlene Alda. It is a delightful story of an immigrant family from Italy living in a Tenement in the 1930's. Life in the big city of New York could be difficult and Mama was very homesick for her village in Italy and nothing could cheer her up. One day, Papa decided to take our young heroine to Cony Island for some fun where she wins a "booby prize". Will this prize help to cheer Mama up and take away the homesickness she feels? This story was inspired by a real event that took place on 47 Orchard Street on New York's Lower East Side.

Do Viking's get seasick? This silly tale, Hiccup the Seasick Viking by Cressida Cowell, introduces us to a lonely little Viking named Hiccup. He is nothing like the other Viking's who were big and strong and brave. Hiccup was small and polite and frightened by just about everything. But most of all he was afraid of going to sea. His father Stoick the Vast tells him he can't be afraid of going to sea because "Vikings don't get frightened". Will Hiccup go off to sea? Will he come back alive?Read this and you may just find a brave little Viking after all.

Book number five was Quiet in the Garden by Aliki. In this story we follow a little boy and his rabbit into his favorite spot-the garden. If we sit quietly we will see and hear all the wonderful things nature has in store. It is a wonderful place to have a picnic with some hungry friends....a rabbit...a bird...and....

Abi's top pick for the week guessed it..Hiccup. It think the silliness won her over. My favorite was Morning Glory Monday. I think the ending won me over...or was it Italians from New York City? Have a happy week...and read!

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