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Books Read January – February

Posted in Education, Just for Fun by Laura on March 1, 2010

On the Banks of Plum Creek
Honey for a Child’s Heart (just the first half, which reads like a book — the rest is for reference)
A Bear Called Paddington
Farmer Boy
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain
The Courage of Sarah Noble

I was surprised to find that I much preferred “Hemlock Mountain” to Dalgliesh’s more popular, award-winning “Sarah Noble.” The latter did have a lovely story, but it seemed to flit from scene to scene too quickly and without much description, so that by the end of it I felt like I had missed most of the story, as if I had read only one sentence from every paragraph. In “Hemlock Mountain,” Dalgliesh only sets out to describe one or two days’ happenings, and as a result this story is a much more satisfying read.

Farmer Boy was a fun one for me… at first I didn’t think I liked it as much as the other Little House books I’d read, but now I would almost say it’s my favorite. I still chuckle about how hungry that book made me, though. I think there is one chapter in the entire book that lacks some description of Almonzo eating — and most of them rather dwell on his gnawing hunger and describe every succulent dish set before him.


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  1. Harmony said, on March 1, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Farmer Boy is my favorite, although all the Little House books are excellent.

    I have a stack of books that need reading, but I no longer have a lamp by the bed. I have no idea how I’m going to get reading in anymore. :-/

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