On the book shelf

by adustyframe ~ April 15th, 2010

Here are some of the books we’re reading around here right now.


I’m an Anne lover just as much as I’m a Laura lover! I put off reading this book because I wasn’t sure that anyone could do it justice. I started it and am enjoying it. So far my only critique is that she’s putting a lot of words and thoughts in her head for such a young girl. I wonder how much time she’s spent with little ones?

Even precocious little ones aren’t quite as amazing as she’s making Anne out to be. However, I am enjoying the story.


This is the 2nd book by Karen Andreola about a fictional family homeschooling in the 1930’s. It’s an easy to read book with a charming story. It focuses on nature study. I’m reading this one rather slowly. I pick it up once in awhile and read a little and then it sits on the shelf for awhile.

26411750Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations.

This is a really great book! I heard many good things about it and decided to read it because my little boy will soon be heading into these years.

I was challenged and convicted about many things as I read. (I’m not quite done with this one yet.)

For literature, we’re reading The Jungle Book. James isn’t sure he likes it yet.

We’re almost done with Caddie Woodlawn.


The other day he said, “I wish that Caddie was a series like Little House.” I just found this book tonight and will have to see if it’s at the library.

Caddie Woodlawn’s Family.

caddie 1We’re almost done with The Door in the Wall too.

doorIt’s about a boy crippled during a plague. He was supposed to be trained as a page, but now has to overcome his disability. We like that he becomes a hero in the book even though he has so much to overcome.


6 Thoughts Shared to On the book shelf

  1. Liz

    I thinking of having The Door in the Wall on next year’s list.

  2. Barbara H.

    I’m a little wary of someone adding on to Anne’s story, but if they keep in character with the existing books, it might be all right.

    I have heard of Do Hard Things but haven’t looked at it yet.

  3. MamaHen

    Those all sound great! I have never even heard of the Anne book.

  4. Carrie

    I love Caddie Woodlawn! When I was in the classroom, I always read it to my class.

  5. Christy

    Good suggestions. Looking forward to checking out a couple of them.

    We just listened to The Jungle Book on tape on our drive home from Oklahoma last week. We listened to Caddie Woodlawn on tape on our car trip in the Fall. My kids loved Caddie Woodlawn, too, so we’ll look for the other book you mentioned.

  6. Andrea

    I believe that Magical Melons is also a sequel to Caddie Woodlawn. I read it as a child & loved them both. It may be out of print now.

    The first chapter of Caddie Woodlawn’s Family is Magical Melons! (very funny story)
    Maybe they changed the name of the book.