“The Giver” by Lois Lowry
Another one of my all-time-favorites! Being able to feel may hurt sometimes, but we aren’t truly living without feelings!
I opted for lighter fare this time and have just finished (last night!) reading
Wit’s End by Karen Joy Fowler
Overall it was an amusing read though I got annoyed when the author added all kind of details like “her father was really her uncle” (oh, come on!).
The book is all about blogging though, and I enjoyed that!
We own the first two books of this amazing series. It’s a wonderful fantasy of an isolated place where humans and dinosaurs coexist in harmony. They share language and technology and friendship ( I love the dinosaur character that’s an interpreter!).
This series is very special in that not only is it a good story but the pictures are amazing, and are an integral part of the story. You MUST look at the pictures (spend time looking at them) in order to get all the information.
Our boys and I had such a good time with it that for a while I tried to translate it into Hebrew. I did a section and even discussed it with a publisher who loved the story ( her kids loved it too!) . However, after looking at the large format and the amount of drawings in color said there was no point in even contacting the publisher. The Hebrew speaking book market is too small to support such an expensive publication.
I’m reading “Them” by Joyce Carol Oates and I’m having a hard time with it. I don’t think I will be able to finish it.
She writes beautifully! I appreciate how when the situation becomes crystal clear and you know what is about to happen, she ” fasts forwards” to the next scene. No sense wasting words on that.
The characters seem so real and believable. And that’s my problem. The book is incredible depressing. Generation after generation caught in povery with an abusive family environment which keeps repeating itself. People living in a hopeless cycle.
I read and have read sad books. “A History” by Elsa Morante was absolutely tragic. But I can’t bear this one!
I loved this when I was growing up, I enjoyed this book so much with my own boys and read it a few times on my own. A combination of “delicious” use of language and ideas that are so true, relate to life so well!
One example, a child who grows from top down, and wonders how we do it our way! the older you get you keep seeing things from a different perspective when you grow UP but when you grow DOWN your perspective doesn’t change. what a great discussion- opener with children!
Well, after reading two books in a row relating to the World War 2 (“A History” by Elsa Morante about the war in Rome and the one from my previous post about Roald Dahl) I chose something completely different!
Now I’m reading “The Shipping News”, by E. Annie Proulx, which takes place in Newfoundland. A very readable novel and I love the author’s clever use of quotes from Ashley’s “Book of Knots”! Knots as a metaphor to life’s issues – brilliant!
This book is marvelous for both the family and the classroom. My boys love it! Each page is devoted to a letter of the alphabet (sometimes a double page). There is a huge amount of amazing drawings of things beginning with that letter, some easy to spot, others requiring some effort. I don’t think we ever found everything on some of the pages!
For pupils in class with small vocabularies I supply a brief word list for every page and they look up the words in their dictionaries and then find the pictures. Works very well!
The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington
by Jennet Conant
This is what I’m reading now. For me the name Roald Dahl had always been associated with Willie Wonka and Charlie from the famous chocolate factory! I had no idea he was a dashing young British RAF pilot involved in “hush-hush” activities during WWII in Washington!
“Last Chance to See” by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine
My 16 year old, nature-loving son, had told many times I should read this book and for some reason I just kept postponing it. I kind of forgot who the author was and was kind of worried it would be boring. NO WAY!
I’m quoting from the back cover here because this is an apt description:
“After years of reflecting on the absurdities of life on other planets, Douglas Adams (you know, the one from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!) teamed up with zoologist Mark Carwardine to find out what was happening to life on this one…”
It is delightful to read and I was repeatedly amazed how by using COMEDY, Adams made some very serious points about the world!