Reading Challenge 2017

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2017 was the year of many challenges, reading books included. My girls are used to have a library accessible at all times, may at be at home with their personal library or the public library in the city. In Oregon our selections were very limited with books and then when we moved and most things were packed up and it took a while until we could get to our old, familiar library at home. But the reunion was glorious 🙂 During that time we did purchase quite a few books, after all Half priced books was in our “neighborhood” again. But we were also very busy. Reconnecting with friends was a super important goal for 2017 and we managed that.

Between all the craziness the girls still managed to read quite a bit. I am sure some books have not been written down in the hectic of everything but overall this mirrors their year pretty well. We try to only list chapter books, so it doesn’t include picture books. My girls share books between each other a lot, so you might find several books on both lists. They vary from many easy readers to quite a few thick, advanced books. We don’t buy or choose books for reading levels, they pretty much are allowed to read what they like as long as it is somewhat age appropriate. Magic, Fairy Tales, Star Wars, American Girl, and Geronimo Stilton were still quite often in the list.

You will also find some rather unique novels in my oldest daughters list, because of the books she gets to review for a publishing company. Anyways, I hope you enjoy the list and maybe you will find one or two jewels you haven’t seen yet.

Here is a list of all the books my youngest read in 2017. She read these books between the age 7 and 8.

  1. The bad guys 
  2. Kit learns a lesson
  3. Kits surprise
  4. Who was Alexander Graham Bell
  5. Land of stories: An authors Odyssey
  6. Geronimo Stilton Magical Mission
  7. Bad Guys Mission Unpluckable
  8. Judy Moody Declares Independence
  9. Happy Birthday Kit
  10. Kit saves the day
  11. Changes for Kit
  12. Judy Moody bucket list
  13. Fitz Dog Academy Rescue
  14. Spacemise away in a star sled
  15. Fizz Dog Tryouts
  16. Judy Moody Finch Pig trouble
  17. Judy Moody Triple Pet trouble
  18. flight of the red bandit Geronimo stilton 
  19. Sea Monster Surprise (Geronimo Stilton Cavemice #11

  20.  Star Wars Rebels Rise of the Rebels

  21. Cranky Paws: Pet Vet
  22. American Girl Mia
  23. The Mares Take: Pet Vet
  24. Morning Girl
  25. The Great Shelby Holmes
  26. Fizz and the show dog jewel thief
  27. Pirate Pig
  28. Babymouse # 10 The Musical
  29. Phineas and Ferb # 8 It’s ancient history
  30. Before I made history Abe Lincoln
  31. Dinoriders how to train a Triceratops
  32. Hamster Princess Giant trouble 
  33. Jasper Dooley Star of the week
  34. Cinderella Smith The more the merrier
  35. The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde
  36. Stink and the great Guinea pig express
  37. Time Cat
  38. Lucy & Andy Neanderthal
  39. Thea Sisters and the Madagascar Madness
  40. Judy Moody and the Big Blackout
  41. Kit Mystery thief in the theater
  42. Narwhal Unicorn of the sea
  43. Bad Kitty School Daze
  44. The Ghosts at the Movie Theater #9 (The Haunted Library)
  45. The Ghost in the Tree House #7 (The Haunted Library)
  46. Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt
  47. Grounded adventures of Rapunzel
  48. Creepella von Cacklefur Fright Night
  49. Vidia and the fairy Crown
  50. Mr.Lemoncellos Library Olympics
  51. Jedi Academy The Force oversleeps
  52. Geronimo Stilton Lost in Time
  53. Geronimo Stilton Spacemice Beware ! Spacejunk !
  54. Geronimo Stilton Operation Secret Recipe
  55. Imaginary Sleepover The fairy Farm
  56. Lonely Lake Monster Imaginary Vet
  57. The Griffins Riddle Imaginary Vet
  58. Wellie Wishers Rainstorm Brainstorm
  59. The Trimoni Twins and the shrunken Treasure
  60. Wellie Wishers The Mystery of Mr.E
  61. The Rain Dragon Rescue Imaginary Vet Book 3
  62. Thea Stilton Secret of the Fairies
  63. Thea Stilton Secret of the Snow
  64. Geronimo Stilton Mysterious Cheese Thief
  65. Geronimo Stilton Race Across America
  66. Beforever Melody
  67. Geronimo Stilton Save the White Whale
  68. Thea Stilton Mystery in Paris
  69. Geronimo Stilton Cheese Experiment
  70. Mouseford Academy Missing Diary
  71. Geronimo Stilton Get into Gear
  72. Geronimo Stilton Enourmouse Pearl Heist
  73. Geronimo Stilton Valley of the Giant Skeletons
  74. Thea Stilton Tropical Treasure
  75. Heartwood Hotel A true Home
  76. Heartwood Hotel Greatest Gift
  77. Geronimo Stilton Mouse in Space
  78. Haunted Library Hide and seek Ghost
  79. Meet Molly American Girl
  80. If the magic fits { 100 dresses }
  81. Family under the Bridge
  82. Judy Moody Goes to College
  83. Star Wars Rebel Ezra’s Duel with Danger
  84. Geronimo Stilton Mousehouse Hunter
  85. Star Wars Rebels Rise of the Rebels
  86. Stink and the worlds super stinky sneakers
  87. Thea Stilton Blossom adventure
  88. Ruby Starr
  89. Judy Moody Saves the World
  90. Star Wars Rebel Ezras Journal
  91. Thorfin and the Raging Raiders
  92. Sophie Mouse a new friend
  93. Princess in black takes a vacation
  94. Disney Halloween Scary Storybook collection
  95. The thanksgiving beast feast
  96. Nancy Clancy Soccer Mania
  97. Geronimo Stilton Creepella A suitcase Full of Ghosts
  98. Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth
  99. Disney Tangled opposites attract
  100. Disney Tangled Tales of Rapunzel
  101. Famous Five Go Off in a Caravan
  102. Land of Stories Worlds Collide
  103. Never Girls A fairy’s gift
  104. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  105. Escape from Mr.Lemoncello’s Library
  106. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  107. James and the Giant Peach
  108. Fantastic Mr.Fox
  109. Enormous Crocodile
  110. Magic Finger
  111. Thea Stilton  Mystery on the Orient Express
  112. Cavemice Stone of Fire Don’t wake the Dinosaur
  113. One day in the Tropical Rainforest
  114. The tale of Despereaux [being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread]
  115. Judy Moody and the Not a Bummer Summer
  116. Red The True Story of Red Riding Hood

 

Here is my oldest daughter’s list. Again you might find identical books on both lists because they like to share 😉 You will find many magic stories, sci-fi, and lots of fairy tales and quite a few newbies. We hope you enjoy the list ! Happy reading !

  1. Remarkable
  2. Bella Donna #2 Too many spells
  3. Fearless travel Guide to wicked places
  4. The mystery of the clockwork sparrow
  5. Geronimo Stilton Magical Mission
  6. Gateway the ancient Starship
  7. Peter Nimble and his fantastic eyes
  8. A Masterpiece for Bess ( Disney fairies)
  9. Emil + The Detectives
  10. Ellas Diaries Dreams Come True
  11. The World according to Humphrey
  12. Jess American Girl
  13. Ella Diaries I love Pets
  14. Bad Guys Mission Unpluckable
  15. Enchanted Files: Hatched
  16. Rump
  17. Ayesha Dean The Istanbul Intrigue
  18. Prilla and butterfly
  19. Hannah’s Winter
  20. Famous Five on a hike together
  21. Judy Moody bucket List
  22. Ramona Quimby Age 8
  23. Sandy Lane Stables the Midnighthorse
  24. Spacemouse away in a Starsled
  25. Famous Five go off to Camp
  26. Tales of beedle the Bard
  27. Fixx and the Police Dog try outs
  28. Fizz and the Dog academy rescue
  29. Fizz and the show dog Jewel thief
  30. Army Brats
  31. Ella Diaries Pony School Showdown
  32. Aloha Kanani American Girl
  33. Disney Faries Vidia and the fairy crown
  34. Wildwood
  35. Ezra’s Duel with Danger
  36. Rise of the Rebels
  37. Hello Stars
  38. Jedi Academy
  39. Jedi Academy The Return of the Padawan
  40. Jedi Academy The Phantom Bully
  41. Jedi Academy The New Class
  42. Basher Science Astronomy
  43. Beauty and the Beast Lost in a Book
  44. Flunked
  45. Charmed
  46. Star Wars Join the Resistance
  47. Beforever The one and only Maryellen
  48. Molly Moon Micky Minus and the Mind Machine
  49. Wrinkle in Time
  50. Babymouse The Musical
  51. Mysterious Benedict Society
  52. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
  53. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma
  54. The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict
  55. Lucky Broken Girl
  56. Genevieve’s War
  57. School for Good and Evil
  58. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  59. Bad Kitty Puppy’s Big Day
  60. The School for good and Evil #2
  61. Click’d
  62. The Princess in Black the hungry bunny horde
  63. Lucy and Andy Neanderthal
  64. Super Narwahl and Jelly Tot
  65. Macy Macmillan and the Rainbow Goddess
  66. The School for Good and evil EverNever Handboook
  67. Mira’s Diary Lost in Paris
  68. School for Good and Evil #3
  69. Geronimo Stilton Operation Secret Recipe
  70. Heartwood Hotel A true home
  71. Heartwood Hotel The Greatest Gift
  72. The Land of Stories Worlds Collide
  73. The witches Vacuum cleaner
  74. Fairy Haven and the quest for the Wand
  75. Hoot
  76. Many Waters ( Wrinkle in Time series)
  77. Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Serafina Book 3)
  78. The Key to Extraordinary
  79. The World’s Greatest Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops
  80. Lights, Camera, Cook! (Next Best Junior Chef)
  81. The Wanderer
  82. The Graveyard Book
  83. The Girl Who Drank the Moon
  84. Keys to the City
  85. Tricked (Fairy Tale Reform School)
  86. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
  87. The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation
  88. Podkin One-Ear (Longburrow)
  89. The Incredible Magic of Being
  90. Rush Revere and the First Patriots: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans
  91. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone
  92. The Girl who Saved Christmas
  93. Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Women (Captain Underpants #5)
  94. Molly Moon Stops the World
  95. Attack of the Dragons (Geronimo Stilton Micekings #1)
  96. Serafina and the Black Cloak
  97. The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase
  98. This Book Is Not Good For You (The Secret Series)
  99. The Wonderling
  100. The Song from Somewhere Else 
  101. Hamster Princess Giant Trouble
  102. The Wild Ones
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Lights, Camera, Cook! (Next Best Junior Chef) { Kids Book Review }

Here is a fun suggestion, of a book my daughter reviewed last year and I haven’t been able to share yet. I believe that children cooking on their own and learning certain lifestyle skills is extremely important and it can be lots of fun, so she really enjoyed this book a whole lot …but let’s see what my daughter had to say about it !! PS: I just saw that the second one will be out next week !!



The next junior Chef, Lights, Camera, Cook , is about a group of kids ages nine to eleven, who participate in a kids’ cooking show on TV. The kids compete against each other to find out who’s the best. Tate is the youngest and has a little bit of a hard time competing against the older kids but really is just there to have fun anyways. Oliver is very serious about winning, bossy to the rest of the team and overall has a bit of an attitude. Rae and Caroline become best friends, and both feel a bit shy and nervous around all the cameras. The kids go through different rounds and win prizes but in the end only one person wins!

This was another fun book. I enjoyed the different perspectives between the kids. Kids eight and up could easily read this and I think boys and girls alike would enjoy reading this book!! The sneak peek of episode two was exciting and I can’t wait to read more!!

 

Bella & Harry Series ( Book review )

 

We were in a super rush to head out the door for the library again today and just last minute, I remembered to get a picture of these guys. So not the best picture, but hey.. you do what you gotta do 😉 !!

The Bella and Harry series was a lucky grab a few weeks ago and we were pretty excited that our small library actually had quite a few from this series. This was our second grab already and we enjoyed each one of these.

They are clearly  for the younger audience ( 5 and up ) but if your child loves travel stories I think just about every age would still enjoy these. I know my almost 10 year old had fun reading these with her little sister. They both just love these little Chihuahuas !  We have studied many countries through homeschooling in many great details and I love adding little fun stories in between just to recall some of the basic facts, these were perfect for that !

The little puppies travel along with their family to all kinds of amazing places in the world and get to have little adventures. Each page is beautifully illustrated and very colorful. The story is brought to life in fun ways with little dialogues between the puppies as they travel through each city and full of great educational information.

They would be a wonderful addition to anyone’s library, educational, inspirational and just a whole lot of fun !!

 

Check out some of the other books from the series, maybe Bella and Harry have already visited the city you have on your next travel plan !!




Upcoming release OXFORD Roald Dahl Dictionary

With the upcoming new movie release of the BFG Roald Dahl’s books are everywhere again. Oh how I love it. I love that these classic books are coming back out of the corners, getting new beautiful, updated covers and kids are getting excited about reading them. My little 6 year old has discovered more and more of his books in the last few weeks. She has read



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Well, she still needs to read the BFG. Since it is part of the MBTP curriculum in 8-10 we went back and forth deciding if to read it now or later with the studies, but we figured it is more important to just read it before the actually sees the movie. And there is no way I would make her wait that long to see the movie ! We are beyond excited to go see it in the theaters, I think it will be one of our highlights for the summer !!

With the girls upcoming birthdays in summer I have been on the hunt for fun things already. Yesterday I came across a fun new upcoming release !!

Oh how fun will this be !?! Roald Dahl really has an amazing talent with words,so often i hear the girls just laugh out loud and giggle over his fun stories and the amazing word plays he has created. When you read his books, you really step into a whole new world. You feel the characters and get to know them. Each of his books has won a special place in our hearts ! I know this little dictionary will be so much fun to use and bring back many of the crazy words Roald Dahl uses in his books :))

Review

“It’s hard to find the right word to express our levels of excitement around the ‘Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary.’ Squacking? Jumpsquiffling? Gigantuous? Roald Dahl’s inventive, playful use of language is such a key element of his writing, whether he was using existing words in his own mischievous way or inventing extra-usual new ones. It is wonderful to have this dictionary compiled with such expertise, passion and wit by Dr. Susan Rennie and the team at OUP. There could be no more fitting way to pay tribute to Roald Dahl in the year of celebrations for his centenary. Best of all, as a fully-functioning dictionary for readers and writers aged eight and above, I hope it serves as a swashboggling source of inspiration for a whole new generation of storytellers.”
— Luke Kelly, Managing Director of the Roald Dahl LIterary Estate and Roald Dahl’s grandson

About the Author

Susan Rennie, Quentin Blake, Roald Dahl

Susan Rennie has worked on many dictionaries for both children and adults, including the Oxford Primary Dictionary, Oxford Primary Thesaurus, the Oxford English Thesaurus for Schools and the New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. She also writes books in Scots for children, and has translated the first Scots edition of Tintin. Susan is currently a Lecturer in English Language at the University of Glasgow where she teaches lexicography and the history of Scots and English.

*FeatureFriday*Olga da polga * Usborne Books & More *

I have been with Usborne Books & More a few months now and still am discovering beautiful new titles so often. Today I want to introduce Olga da Polga to you !

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When I learnt the other day that ” Olga da Polga ” was another title  written by the one and only Michael Bond ( CREATOR OF PADDINGTON BEAR ) I just knew it had to be in our collection. We love Paddington bear, especially after our visit to London two years ago ❤  I had missed out an a great special ( it was actual in the customer special a few weeks ago, so pay attention to those) but I was putting in an order  anyways so this one was the one I picked with it. At $17.99 it seemed like an average price for a good picture book.Sometimes I feel picture books are so much more expensive than the little chapter books, but really we get so much more than just a story with these !  I had no idea that this was actually all of OLGA DA POLGA’s stories and over 170 pages long and consists of 13 chapters, which really makes this a great deal ! The illustrations are totally adorable and the moment I opened the book and saw Olga’s cute, big eyes I knew this would be our new favorite book soon !

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Olga would be a perfect read a loud for about 6 yeas and up but younger ones that can pay attention to a well rounded story I am sure would already love it as well. On every other page there are big, beautiful illustrations sometimes even over two pages that makes this super cute story come alive even more !

 

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Olga da Polga is actually a Kane Miller book and I have come to learn just how special so many of their beautiful picture books really are. The book itself is also very sturdy and large (which make the illustrations even more beautiful , especially over two pages) and the hardcover binding promises for a very long lifetime. And the wonderful thing with all of Usborne Books & More’s books, if anything should ever happen to your lovely book (toddlers, cats, dogs or guinea pigs) then you can take advantage of the 1/2 Price Lifetime replacement policy.

We have not read the whole book yet, but I know this one will be a new favorite soon that  we will read over and over again ❤

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If you would like to follow me more on my Usborne Books & More journey, please consider following here ! I have lots of fun ideas for giveaways and more so don’t miss out !

 

Also here is today’s special ! These specials are company wide but change every few days. I often forget to check them and some days you can really catch some amazing deals, so these will be part of *feature fridays* as well to showcase every so often 😉 Click here to see today’s specials !!

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{Usborne Books & More} Intro 2

My first 12 weeks with Usborne have just flown by. I have learnt so much in those 30 days and my love for books has grown and our inventory has grown immensely as well . My kids are beyond excited to finally have such a great supply of books again. After our move it has been such a change, and I so thankful what this company has offered us. I thrilled about the possibilities to work with our community, charities and kids in general.. things I have always been wanting to do and now I can do them, the way I want. The library is being difficult about volunteering ( because I would like to bring my kids/ homeschooling you know etc. )  and they can’t allow it. Which I find incredibly silly, since my kids would read anyways. But I understand policies are policies.

I am sharing lots of fun news and updates about the books on a special facebook fanpage, so make sure you check in here once in a while. Every Friday I will *feature* a special book or book series there and hopefully in the feature do giveaways and special deals and tons of other stuff ! I have so many fun ideas ! It’s an exciting time and I am thankful that it keeps my mind busy and away from our renovations a little 🙂

Have you heard of Usborne Books & More ? – I am still “shocked ” to meet so many here and there, that have never heard of us, but also even more thrilled when I can tell them all the wonderful and exciting things about the books. It’s like a whole new (book)world. lol.  In the last 30 days I have come across so many wonderful books in our inventory that I didn’t even realize where part of our inventory . With Kane Miller being part of Usborne Books, the inventory is seriously huge ( nearly 2.000 titles) !!

I will do my best to also feature many books on here as well and I would love, love, love to know which one of you is an ” Usborne Newbie” or an ” Usborne Old-Timer” 🙂 ! Or if you are curious about a book, maybe I could feature it next Friday ?? TELL ME BELOW !!

I will be back on Friday with some fun Usborne book features ! So stay tuned and don’t forget to stop by  Julia’s Book Corner !!

Here is a picture of the box I received when I first signed up with Usborne Books & More. It was a great value and we love every and each book ! If you want to learn more about becoming a consultant ( we could be team mates !!! ) or just want to check out the amazing inventory follow me this way please 🙂

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I wonder.. ( book review )

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I am trying to get out of our morning slump and it has been so hard with the renovations going on and summer slowly knocking on the door. I did not want to spend all summer on renovations on our house and I really did not want to spend our real first summer in Oregon catching up on school stuff. We are not really, really behind ( but my A- personality type, list keeper and goal setter in me, tells me I am / we are).We finished all math curriculum way early even..but… I am good at creating stress for myself. You know –

Anyways. We hit the library at least once a week and bring home tons of books. The girls spend tons of time reading and I almost feel left out. I don’t make as much time as I should to still read with them, the 20 minutes here and there or bed time reading goes over in a blurr and I long for the couch …  So I want to give our morning reading baskets a new chance.

I think I will dedicate another whole post to morning baskets because it is such a beautiful routine to work into your homeschool.

The first book we actually picked from our basket this morning was ” I wonder” and it was so incredibly special and beautiful that I literally wanted to post about it right away ! I clearly have been out of the loop, since this book has been out for several years..

When I saw it at the library I figured it was special and it would be a great fit for my ever asking children. One fact of motherhood and especially of homeschooling that dazzles me continuously  are the questions they ask and the things their little minds truly wonder about….  ” Why do are there stars in the sky ? Why do we have to eat ? What was the first flower ? Why is there gravity ? Where , how , what and when… ?!” I have learnt to appreciate all these questions though ❤

This book, with all it’s beautiful pictures is a great conversation started and a beautiful way to put their minds at ease. While I encourage my children to start finding answers on their own, do their own research through books and the internet, I still want them to know that sometimes, just sometimes, it is okay to not  know know the answer to EVERYTHING… that some things on earth are still, even today, are still a mystery…. I want them to know that even scientists still do not have the answers to many questions about our world, planet and so on ! It’s good to be curious, to explore and also just be amazed and believe !

The book clearly hits more of  secular believes, it mentions science and a few short explanations but it does not talk about religion or God, so if you are looking for religious aspects to be explained this is probably not a good fit.

While the book is targeted towards 1 year olds and up, I think it’s a lovely story for older ones as well. When we get older these questions come up a lot more, and the mind wonders … i know ate age 6 the questions really started coming. While the book does not give exact information on how to answer the questions, its lovely to explore together, and also dream a little.. and just live life sometimes without knowing ” everything”.

I am not sure if a 1 year old would even understand the story line of this book. While I think it’s a beautiful story to share with any child,  if I would could select the age range of my readers I would select Kindergarten age probably 🙂

Albert’s Almost Amazing Adventure

Albert is back from vacation and meets all his friends at the playground, of course they all want to know about his adventures but keep interrupting him over and over again. In the end he doesn’t even get to tell them what his awesome adventure really, really was 🙂

It’s a very funny, imaginative story with beautiful drawings. The author made the right choice when he switched from the black and white drawings to the beautifully illustrated, lively images in color. It explains the story so well and lets little ones follow even easier . The story does have some silly images and mentions zombies and monsters, but really just in a funny way. Both my girls ( 6,9) loved it and thought it was hilarious, especially the zombie cats !! A fun and silly, original picture book !! Check it our here !!

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Editorial Reviews ( from amazon)
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The contrast between when Albert is telling his story and when his friends are making guesses as to his amazing adventures is illustrated in pictures that shift between black and white and wonderful colors. It is a clever device to help your students determine what is real and what is fantasy. –Brian Smith, Scholastic Blog for Teachers
About the Author
Marty Kelley currently works as a writer and illustrator, but in the past, he s worked many jobs baker, animator, and balloon delivery guy are just a few titles he s held. The former second grade teacher has published many children s books, including Fall Is Not Easy, The Rules, and Summer Stinks. Even though the lingering aroma of Sloppy Joes and tater tots will forever haunts his dreams, he still visits 60 to 70 schools each year to talk about writing and art with students and teachers. He likes to show students how he creates his books, and sometimes he even uses these unsuspecting kids as a focus group for his unfinished works. He’s a member of the New Hampshire State Council for the Arts and a frequent presenter with The Children’s Literacy Foundation. His favorite authors are Chris Moore, Chuck Palahniuk, and David Sedaris. And he doesn t watch any TV. Really.

Greetings from somewhere – Book review

The kiddos have been reading a lot again lately. For the first time, in a long time, we are even keeping a reading log and they both have filled their pages continuously.

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One serious that we picked without knowing what we were really getting into, was ” Greetings from somewhere”. 

I love stumbling on great books, especially series, that I had no idea even existed.

Who would have thought that this family is actually a homeschool family ? The parents in the book are travel journalists, a photographer and a writer and they have taken the kids out of school to travel around the world.  My girls were so thrilled, since books about homeschooled children are still in the minority. Several of these books fitted perfectly in some of the studies we did with Moving beyond the page as well. They visit places in  Africa, travel to VeniceParis and the Coral Reefs in Australia and many more.

Both my 9 and 6 year old enjoyed these. They were a quick read of about 100-115 pages. There are some bigger pictures on some of the pages as well though and they are written in an easy to read style. Perfect for kids that just started reading on their own, beginner readers, or older kids that still enjoy this style and just want to have fun reading.

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In all the books, the kids travel to a different city and explore it together with their parents. In each one they encounter a mystery and have to find a way to solve it. Again, both my girls love a little mystery while learning about different cultures, history, and geography !

Our library had several in stock, but I think I will try to add these to our personal library as well 🙂

 

The Cay and Living Seas 9-11 MBTP

These two units (9-11) have been challenging and fun at the same time ( mainly challegning for me because of all the extra time with experiments rofl ). Since I had read a few reviews about the Cay ahead of time, I had decided  to read the novel before my daughter would start it. I had never read it before until now, but thought this story was really great and I’m excited to read it together and share it now with my daughter. I think even though it qualifies as a classic already, it is a book that even in today’s time  would be so valuable to read.

Here is a great little slideshow with some great general info about the book and story line

The story takes place during the beginning of World War II. This lesson only gives a brief introduction into world war II since it will be covered in great detail in level 10-11. There will be a few activities about this and we struggled finding some good material to get a brief introduction, and I wished MBTP would have added a short book to this Unit. Even though my daughter is somewhat familiar with the outlines of the war, a nice overview would have been made things a little easier. This is a subject that has such depth it is hard to just google something without spending days reading. Of course there is always idea share and many of our awesome ” Movingbeyondthepage groups” where many moms have some great links ready to send to you.

For example, this one . ( if it is stuck on the whole playlist, skip ahead to #15 thats about WWII)

Exploring Curacao and the carribean islands was a much more pleasant subject. This was incredible fun, we visited many websites and also got help from our friends ” Travelkids” as they visited the island. I swear they have been to some of the coolest places.

We also enjoyed studying the island art.

http://www.bernardhoyes.com/

 

In Lesson 2 we explored Curacao even deeper and I found a great website to learn more about import- export, detailed about Curacao ( and many other countries).

http://atlas.media.mit.edu/en/profile/country/cuw/

More pins related to 9-11 here https://www.pinterest.com/bookwormfamily/moving-beyond-the-page-9-11/

In the literature unit you will work and review some grammar, subject/ verb agreements, comma usage, prepositions and learn to work with different transitions for sentences. I’m glad these came up in this unit, since we have been struggling a little with some of these (transitions for sentence beginning especially).  I always like the mix MBTP offers, a little Grammar here, some science there, it never feels so overwhelming or boring.

We also spent a lot of time studying sharks ! And coral reefs… We still have a great list of movies to watch that are currently on Amazon Prime !

 

The book provided through MBTP about coral reefs is also a pretty good pick and gives a deep understanding about the ocean world. She had no trouble explaining me everything afterwards, lol.

We finished today with a super fun experiment from the Ocean’s life Science book ( which I have just seen has been replaced to a different one recently 😦 . I hope the experiment is in there as well, it was so simple and worked so well !!

( the experiment is #18 on the playlist , sorry sometimes the links give me trouble and it just adds the whole playlist 😉 )

 

 

Here are a few more examples from this Unit. Please don’t mind the few spelling mistakes on her paper 😉 We try not to nitpick around her too much 😉

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Hope you enjoyed out glimpse into the Cay and ocean life 🙂