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The BFG Turns 30

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Sam loves Roald Dahl’s The BFG. It was one of the first chapter books she read by herself. She was thrilled to attend our local library’s 30th anniversary program on the BFG for kids in second grade. She was especially thrilled to attend with her friend Heidi. Before the activities began, the girls check out the shelf where Sam’s other favorite books, the A-Z mystery series, reside.

Sam and Heidi in the stacks

13 September 2012


Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

I’m reading Heidi (1880) by Johanna Spyri to Sam in the mornings. The other day, she turned out this pictorial character list (complete with creative spelling of the names):


6 August 2012

Ancient China: Books

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The Dragon Prince by Laurence Yep

Ten Suns: A Chinese Legend by Eric A. Kimmel


Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Sam loved Buddha by Demi

10 May 2012

Books about Ancient Rome

Friday, July 27th, 2012

The Romans by Roy Burrell: we read about aqueducts and baths, the Colosseum and gladiators.

Roman Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean: “The Stolen Wives” about the Sabine women was Sam’s favorite


Friday, July 27th, 2012

Voyage to the Pharos by Sarah Gauch

28 February 2012

Mount Olympus Basketball by Kevin O’Malley

1 March 2012

Ancient Greece Read-A-Loud

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff

The Odyssey, adapted by Geraldine McCaughrean

Books on Ancient Greece

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Young Zeus by Brian Karas

Greek Gods and Goddesses by Geraldine McCaughrean

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire

Stories of Ancient India

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Stories we read of and about Ancient India:

Indian Tales, by Shenaaz Nanji

Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India, by Gerald McDermott

Once a Mouse, by Marcia Brown

13 September 2011

The Bull of Heaven

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The Bull of Heaven

Before Gilgamesh and Enkidu defeat it. I especially like the poor young men falling into the chasm where underworld creatures are waiting to gobble them up.

25 July 2011