Archive for the ‘Literature’ Category

Boo and I just finished Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, 2003 William Allen White Award Winner! 

I saw this description of the book and thought it was excellent, so I am adding it: “Because of Winn Dixie tells the story of ten-year old Opal. She has just moved to Naomi, Florida with her preacher father. On an errand to the grocery store Opal finds a large, ugly, homeless dog. Opal is immediately attached to the dog whom she names Winn Dixie after the grocery store where she finds him. Together they make friends with Otis, an ex-convict who runs the local pet store; Miss Fanny, the librarian who has a desk full of “Litmus Lozenges” a type of candy which her great grandfather invented; and Gloria Dump, the lady the local children think of as a witch because of her jungle-like yard. This book will make you laugh as Opal and Winn Dixie make friends with these very likable characters in this small southern town.” 


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My daughter and I have just finished listening to book 2 of 3 in the Moongobble and Me series by Bruce Coville.  It is a 3rd grade level book; however, while listening to it, I know that younger children will be able to comprehend it.  The lessons are very cool – – and worthy of additional discussion.  The three books in the series are: The Dragon of Doom, The Weeping Werewolf and The Evil Elves.  (The titles are more sinister sounding than the actual stories….so, please don’t judge these books by their titles!!!)

I hope you enjoy them as much as we are!!  HAPPY READING!!

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I ran across another site that had this – – thought it was really cool – – and figured I would share. I will probably also have Boo do this – – will talk with her about it tomorrow. 

888 Book Challenge

Challenge Rules
Tuesday, December 30, 2008

1. Challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2008.2. Choose 8 categories of your own that you would like to read 8 books EACH in.3. You will be allowed 8 overlaps, for a total of 56 unique book titles.4. You may overlap these 56 titles with any other challenge.

5. You may change your list or your categories at any time.

6. Post a comment here that you are participating, and I will add a link to the sidebar. Request an invite including your e-mail address if you want to post your list to this blog. However, we will NOT be writing reviews here! You may update your lists by providing the link to books read. Please use your name as a label, along with the book categories you’re reading from.

7. Check back here to see who is participating and cheer others on.

8. Participants who complete all 56 books will be in the running for in-stock books from paperbackswap.com. (I have mucho credits.) Overseas is okay!

9. Have fun reading!

1) Physician Heal, Thyself (Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Spiritual)
1) Grief Recovery handbook – – Finished 1/24/2008
2) Older than Dirt (Classic’s, Western, Historical Era Setting, etc.)
1) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – – Finished 1/18/2008
3) For my Inner Child (Juvenile, children’s, young adult, etc.)
4) Walk in their Moccasins (memoirs, biography, autobiography, etc.)
1) Lucky by Alice Sebold – – Finished 1/26/2008
5) Play it again, Sam (Books I have already read…and want to read again!)

6) Tear Jerkers (any book that can make me cry)
1) Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – – Finished 2/2/2008
7) What the Heck??? (Books that are not in my comfort zone, i.e.: Poetry, Vampires, Westerns, etc.)8) New to Me (Authors I have never read before) **Obviously the list is not complete…I will keep updating this list until it is done.  Don’t forget the wonderful bookswap resources out there: www.bookmooch.com, www.whatsonmybookshelf.com, www.frugalreader.com, and www.paperbackswap.com.  (If you know of others, leave me a note and let me know!!  : )  Thanks.)

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 I tried to leave two comments on this site; however, I think the spam blocker, blocked them because of all the sites I listed.  So, I will leave this up for a while – – hope it helps someone!!  : )

Although the resources would be considered free, in all actuality, you do have to pay for shipping.  I belong to several on-line book swapping sites.  In all of them, you get points when you ship out books to others – – you can, in turn, use those points to get books for yourself.  The most common cost of mailing a book is 2.13.  Very good deal for a book.  Here are the sites:

A lot of the books I use for the swaps are from the thrift shop, library sales and what I already have on hand (that we have read and are done with). 

Here are some of my favorite Free (or nearly free) resources:


Classical Music/Composers:

Language Arts



Curriculum (with LOTS of FREE resources)

Okay, there you have it – – my faves broken down…..hope this helps!!  : )

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Today was even better than yesterday!!! : )

Yesterday, as the day progressed, Boo was whiny and {starting to be} uncooperative. I understand that she needed to test the waters – – and I needed to make sure that I let her know that what we do is important and necessary – – and that her “attitude” will not be tolerated. But, I had to do so, in HER language.

Boo is the type of kid who especially dislikes “rocking the boat.” She is the only one of my children to whom I can say, “You have disappointed me,” which is suitable ‘disciplinary action.’ She is also very studious. She is very proud of herself – – and wants the numbers to reflect.

I took points away for “attitude.” It spoke volumes.

Our day was wonderful!!

We listened to Alice in Wonderland {Chapter One} at Storynory. We also did our “usual” Aesop’s Fable, A Child’s Garden of Verses and the Science for Modern Living: Through the Seasons. I also had her do another Magic Square. I will probably do another {easy} one tomorrow and Thursday – – and then, next week, we shall try the harder ones. We started Fifty Famous Stories Retold, today, with “The Sword of Damocles.” I loved that story. We also started Around the World in Eighty Days – Chapter One. It was interesting….I sure felt like a dummy.  These are the words I had to look up – – and yes, we are adding Vocabulary study to ATW. LOL!! : )

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