Saturday, November 25, 2006

Children's Book Meme

I'm still not a pro at this so I'm not sure if this is how I was supposed to do this, but I just copied what Elena wrote, and I'll * the ones I've read--and will add comments about a few. By the way, besides being a bookworm as a kid and a library lover as a mom, I was an elementary ed major and had to read a bunch of kids books when I was in college.

Children's Book Meme
How many have you read?

* 1. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White Really liked this one, re-read it several times.
2. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
* 3. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss + Anything by Seuss is great for read outloud
* 4. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss + Same as above
* 5. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak My son liked this.
* 6. Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch If this is the one where mom rocks the son, who then rocks the mom, its a real tear jerker
* 7. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein I like his poems, fun to read aloud
* 8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Great for new readers, or for pre-readers
9. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
10. The Mitten by Jan Brett
* 11. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown + REad it, can't say I understand what the big deal is, and my kids never cared for it.
12. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
* 13. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis + Loved it but I read it as an adult. My kids can take it or leave it.
* 14. Where the Sidewalk Ends: the Poems and Drawing of Shel Silverstein by Shel Silverstein See No. 7
15. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
16. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
* 17. Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss Same as other Seuss
18. Strega Nona by Tomie De Paola
* 19. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst Another one that's fun to read out loud.
* 20. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin, Jr. A charming story that was used to death in my kids' reading program.
* 21. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl Ok
* 22. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams - Sweet
* 23. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle - Never saw what people love about her or this book.
24. Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor --I've seen the movie, it seems sweet.
* 25. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss + Same as other Seuss
* 26. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka A must-read for journalists--the POV of a story can make a big difference
* 27. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by John Archambault My daughter loved this and it was fun to read aloud.
* 28. Little House on the Prarie by Laura Ingalls Wilder + Loved all the Little House books, even before the TV series came out.
29. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
30. The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne +
* 31. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner Read most of the series as a kid
32. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
33. Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
34. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
35. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
36. The BFG by Roald Dahl
* 37. The Giver by Lois Lowry--Strange, and kind of disturbing. I didn't see it as a kids' book
* 38. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff Charming, I think we still have it.
39. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
* 40. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder + Read the whole series
41. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
* 42. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien Read it in high school because it was the cool thing to read, can't remember a thing, probably should read the whole series again.
43. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss +
44. Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
* 45. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry--I liked this, a gentle intro to Hitler and the Jews, since the main characters all live.
46. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien
* 47. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott I prefered Little Men
* 48. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister Another one my kids enjoyed
49. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
50. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
* 51. Corduroy by Don Freeman Cute
* 52. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg If this is what I think it is, I read part of it in my son's literature book and didn't really "get" it.
53. Math Curse by Jon Scieszka
* 54. Matilda by Roald Dahl -- this kid has spunk
55. Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
* 56. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume - I know Judy is controversial but I like her books
* 57. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary - I liked Ramona, though I always thought of her as younger than me.
58. The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
59. Are You My Mother? by Philip D. Eastman
* 60. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis Read them all as an adult, loved them, can't get my kids interested.
* 61. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey Old-fashioned drawings, and a lot of stuff kids today probably wouldn't recognize, but I loved it.
* 62. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss + If they cannonized children's authors, he'd be St. Seuss
63. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
* 64. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats Know I've read it, can't say much about it
65. The Napping House by Audrey Wood
66. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
* 67. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter + Always prefered the pictures to the stories
* 68. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt My son had to read this one. I found it to be more of an adult story.
* 69. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum I enjoyed many of his Oz books
* 70. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery I read the whole series
* 71. Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss More Suess
72. Basil of Baker Street, by Eve Titus
* 73. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper "I think I can" I loved it
* 74. The Cay by Theodore Taylor Another one my son had to read. It was ok
* 75. Curious George by Hans Augusto Rey I've probably read them all
76. Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
* 77. Arthur series by Marc Tolon Brown I've read some of them. Not bad for a cartoon.
78. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
79. Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
* 80. Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder Read them all
81. The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
82. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
83. Sideways Storiesfrom Wayside School by Louis Sachar
* 84. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish-Funny and fun to read to kids
85. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
* 86. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
* 87. Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater One of my favorites as a kid
88. My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
* 89. Stuart Little by E. B. White Ok, but I liked Charlotte's Web better.
90. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
* 91. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare Read it several times when I was in Jr. High, really liked it.
92. The Art Lesson by Tomie De Paola
93. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
* 94. Clifford, the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell Not bad for a cartoon.
* 95. Heidi by Johanna Spyri Never really liked it
* 96. Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
97. The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
98. The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
99. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
100. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Ask and Ye Shall Recieve

My son was assigned a term paper last week. That means that I'm about to learn everything I ever wanted to know (and more) about the Minoans and the Egyptians of the Middle Kingdom. Without a high level of supervision this paper would not get written, it is just that simple. Unfortunately, he requires a high level of supervision on almost all of his homework, and I'm the supervisor. I'm getting tired of it.

He had the day off Friday because he sold (we bought) raffle tickets. The kids who did not had to set up for Open House. All the kids are off Monday. Before I went to work yesterday I left him a list of chores, including reading the reference materials I helped him find Thursday night, finding ten facts that fit into the outline we prepared Thursday night and preparing the bibliography (they have been working on bibiographies in class and for homework so I figured he should be able to do it). I also left some household chores. He got the chores done, but practically nothing on the paper. I wasn't happy. It wasn't like he did a bad job; he didn't do anything.

This morning I went to mass. A parish near here has mass on First Saturdays with Exposition and Benediction after mass. I went to pray for patience and wisdom, among other things. I can't find the reading but it talked about different gifts and talked about the jobs needed and the gifts. As a mom I have a lot of those jobs and I pray that I may have those gifts.

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