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12 July 2007 @ 10:48 pm
Just A Few...  
My daughter Elizabeth & I usually read chapter books every evening, a chapter a night.
We've been reading before bedtime off & on since she was a toddler.

The Giving Tree by Shel Siverstein ****4
Spanning the lifetime of a tree and a boy, the story is about giving and sacrificing for the happiness of others. A really great lesson.
My 8 year old daughter Elizabeth & I really loved reading this book. I read it as a girl, and I first read it to her when she was about 4 or 5. She's loved it since.

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch ***3
A very sweet tale about a mother's love for her child. To me, it gets a bit creepy as the child gets older, but I'm sure it's innocent.
I read it to Elizabeth when she was still in the womb, and I read it to her often as a little girl. She still has it on her bookshelf, but she doesn't read it often any more. It might go in her keepsake box.
(I've never gotten over the fact that the author's last name is so similar to the scheming people who pretended to be Annie's parents in the musical "Annie." I giggle every time I see it. :) Hehe!)

Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter *****5 (definitely for older readers/those who will be able to concentrate for longer periods of time)
Elizabeth & I are almost done with this book, and we just adore it. It has action and excitement, and cats! (We both love cats) So this book was really great. It's not overtly boy-ish or girl-ish, it's very neutral in that sense, and it's just a really great read all around.
(I actually read the whole book and just finished the 2nd one, which was also excellent.)
 
 
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Mandy - aka Mommy: little miss bossyfaerieface on July 13th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
The Giving Tree gets 5 stars from me...I haven't yet read it to my kids, but my Mom (and Grandparents) read it to me when I was a child and I loved it. I have a memory of my younger brother and my Mom acting it out (he was the boy, she was the tree) for a talent show at church camp. I'm planning to buy it for my kids this next Christmas.

Love You Forever...I love the little verse at the end of each segment of this book.

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always.
As long as I'm living,
My baby you'll be.


The part where the Momma is old and climbs into her son's room on a ladder always makes me giggle...which kind of takes away from the sentiment of the book as I'm reading. Otherwise, I really like it and we own it. 4 stars