2008-2009

2008 Family Read Alouds
January:

February:

March

  • Hero Tales Volume II by Dave and Neta Jackson
  • not quite finished Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
    (Easter Holiday sans read-alouds)

April:

  • The Clay Marble by Minfong Ho
  • Goodbye, Vietnam by Gloria Whelan
  • The Diary of Ma Yan Edited by Pierre Haski
  • Piles of SE Asia non-fiction

May:

  • Daughter of the Mountains by Louise Rankin
  • Tangled Threads by Pegi Deitz Shea
  • The Story of Classical Music
  • Anna of Byzantium

and then Mama got laryngitis for ten days and there was no read-aloud novel time at all….then everyone else got sick and we had friends to stay from Overseas and we listened to every single Diana Waring tape that we own (What in the World’s Going on Here? Part 1; Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; True Tales and More True Tales of Ancient Civilisations; What in the World’s Going on Here? Part 2; That’s Why They Call it Grace; True Tales and More True Tales of Romans, Reformers and Revolutionaries; What in the World’s Going on Here? Part 3; True Tales and More True Tales of World Empires, World Missions and World Wars)  and then it was July.

July:

  • The Endless Steppe
  • Just William
  • Angel on the Square by Gloria Whelan
  • The Impossible Journey by Gloria Whelan

August:

  • Augustine Came to Kent
  • Hidden Treasures (Moody Science DVD)
  • Ultimate Adventure (Moody Science DVD)
  • Time and Eternity (Moody Science DVD)
  • Just William

September:

  • Indescribable (DVD)
  • Chu Ju’s House by Gloria Whelan
  • Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
  • The Secret Seven Adventure (sigh) (on tape from the library)
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare/Leon Garfield
  • The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket
  • The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket
  • Stepping Stones by ???
  • a whole lot of Moody Science DVDs while I packed up the house
    -Of Books and Sloths
    -Mystery of the Three Clocks
    -Prior Claim
    -Where the Waters Run
    -Signposts Aloft

AND THEN WE LEFT TO GO OVERSEAS FOR WHAT WOULD TURN OUT TO BE FIFTEEN MONTHS….WE WOULD MISS OUR BOOKS

Mama’s Books Completed
January:

February:
  • The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery (very thorougly skimmed over for hours, to be returned to often)
  • Elsie’s Endless Wait by Martha Finley
  • even a Daughter is better than Nothing by Mykel Board (couldn’t help but come back to it)
  • South-East Asia travel guides
March:
  • A Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion by Oliver and Rachel DeMille and Diann Jeppson
  • The Lonesome Gods by Louis L’Amour
  • Knit 2 Together by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark
  • 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders by Judith Durant
  • even more travel guides

April:

  • Mushrooms and Other Fungi of New Zealand by Don Horne (truly!)
  • Retiring on the Web (why not?!)
  • The Permaculture Home Garden by Linda Woodrow
  • Hints on Child Training by H. C. Trumball
  • every South East Asia Lonely Planet Guide

May:

  • Rodzina by Karen Cushman
  • NO MORE BOOKS FOR ME…..ORGANISING THE TRIP IS TAKING ALL MY SPARE TIME SO, WITH SOME SADNESS, I’M PUTTING MY OWN READING ASIDE FOR NOW

July: (well that didn’t last long, but I’m certainly not reading with the book-a-week intensity I used to)

  • The Shack
  • Children of the River by Linda Crew
  • Knit 2 Together
  • eleventy-billion travel guides

August:

  • True Grit

September:

  • Nobody Went to Town

J13’s Books Completed
January:

  • Our Empire Story by H. E. Marshall
  • St. Bartholomew’s Eve by G. A. Henty
  • The Story of the Champions of the Round Table by Howard Pyle
  • King Arthur and His Knights by Stuart Campbell
  • On The Other Side of The Hill by Roger Lea MacBride
  • All Katy Did by Susan Coolidge (What Katy Did, What Katy Did Next, What Katy Did at School)
  • Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  • Coot Club by Arthur Ransome

February:

  • Winning His Spurs by G. A. Henty
  • Scotland’s Story by H. E. Marshall
  • The Story of Oliver Twist Told in Pictures by Charles Dickens (kind of)
  • How Nearly Everything Was Invented by Jilly MacLeod
  • The World of Captain John Smith by Genevieve Foster
  • Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
  • The Mayflower Adventure by Colleen L. Reece
  • The Boston Massacre by Susan Martins Miller
  • Boston Revolts by Susan Martins Miller
  • Plymouth Pioneers by Colleen L. Reece
  • Dream Seekers by Loree Lough
  • Fire by Night by Loree Lough
  • Queen Anne’s War by JoAnn A. Grote
  • Danger in the Harbour by JoAnn A. Grote
  • Smallpox Strikes by Norma Jean Lutz
  • Maggie’s Choice by Norma Jean Lutz
  • Elsie’s Endless Wait by Martha Finley
  • Kingdom’s Dawn by Chuck Black

March

  • When London Burned by G. A. Henty
  • White Boots by Noel Streatfield
  • Thursday’s Children by Rumer Godden
  • The World of Captain John Smith by Genevieve Foster
  • What The Bible Is All About by Frances Blakenbaker
  • Mary Emma and Company by Ralph Moody
  • The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Great Pyramid Mystery by De Wolfe Morgan

April:

  • What A Wonderful Tune by Wayne Nicholls
  • Jo’s Boys by Louisa M. Alcott
  • The Thirty-nine Steps by John Buchan
  • A Parcel of Patterns by Jill P. Walsh
  • Project Kite by Sian Lewis
  • The Big Six by Arthur Ransome
  • Peter Duck by Arthur Ransome
  • Emily’s Quest by L. M. Montgomery
  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  • The Dry Divide by Ralph Moody
  • Wulf the Saxon by G. A. Henty
  • Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise J. McGraw
  • The Black Arrow by Robert L. Stevenson
  • Anne of Ingelside by L. L. Montgomery
  • Winnie Ille Pu translated into Latin by Alexander Lenard

She never got underway with recording all she read…..and certainly didn’t manage to work up any momentum!!!
And the rest of the kids will be the same….
As for writing book reviews – ha, I can but dream.

J12’s Books Completed
January:

  • Secret Water by Arthur Ransome
  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
  • All Katy Did by Susan Coolidge (What Katy Did, What Katy Did Next, What Katy Did at School)

February:

  • Great Pyramid Mystery by De Wolfe Morgan
  • The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden
  • In Freedom’s Cause by G. A. Henty
  • Through the Sikh War by G. A. Henty
  • By Pike and Dyke by G. A. Henty
  • Kingdom’s Dawn by Chuck Black
  • Winning His Spurs by G. A. Henty

March:

  • Changing of the Guard by H. E. Todd
  • God’s Chosen People by Accent Publications
  • The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
  • 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
  • Blueback by Tim Winton
  • Mrs Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
  • Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry

April

  • Project Kite by Sian Lewis
  • The Secret Passage by Nina Bawden
  • Diving Adventure by Willard Price
  • The Westing Game by Raskin
  • Blueback by Tim Winton
  • The sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth Speare
  • Wult the Saxon by G. A. Henty

May:

  • The Mayflower Secret by Dave and Neta Jackson
  • A Knight of the White Cross by G. A. Henty
  • Trina by Patricia Miles Martin
  • How Cool Stuff Works
  • The Thieves of Tyburn Square by Dave and Neta Jackson
  • The Tale of Despereaux by TImothy B. Ering

K10’s Books Completed (not including towering piles of picture books)
January:

  • The Magic Globe by Heather Maisner
  • The Crab with the Golden Claws by Herge
  • The Blue Lotus by Herge

February:

  • Captain Cat by Syd Hoff
  • The Little Girl and the Tiny Doll by Edward and Aingelda Ardizzone
  • The True Story of Pocahontas by Lucille Recht Pemer
  • The True Story of Balto by Natalie Standiford
  • Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
  • Professor Branestawm’s Pocket Motor Car by Norman Hunter

March:

  • The Fire Cat by Esther Averill
  • Chang’s Paper Pony by Eleanor Coerr
  • Captain Cat by Syd Hoff
  • Oliver Pig at School by Jean van Leeuwen

April:

  • We Are Neighbours
  • The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Oliver Pig at School by Jean van Leeuwen
  • Oliver, Amanda and Grandmother Pig by Jean van Leeuwen
  • Tintin Destination Moon by Herge
  • TIntin Explores the Moon by Herge

K9’s Books Completed (not including quite a few picture books)
January:

  • A Lion To Guard Us
  • Albert
  • Favourite Games Around the World by Julie Hamston
  • The Magic Globe by Heather Maisner
  • New Zealand A History in Pictures

February:

  • More Tales of Amanda Pig by Jean Van Leeuwen
  • The Boston Coffee Party by Doreen Rappaport
  • Daniel’s Duck by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • The Long Way Westward by Joan Sandin
  • The Little Girl and the Tiny Doll by Edward and Aingelda Ardizzone
  • Oliver Pig at School by Jean Van Leeuwen
  • Captain Cat by Syd Hoff
  • The True Story of Pocahontas by Lucille Recht Pemer
  • The True Story of Balto by Natalie Standiford

March:

  • Amanda Pig on Her Own by Jean van Leeuwen
  • Amanda Pig, School Girl by Jean van Leeuwen
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • The Fire Cat by Esther Averill
  • “and I’ve read lots of picture books though, but you said they don’t count.” “Well dear, it’s not a matter of not counting, it’s just that I’m only writing up chapter books – and those ones you told me only just qualify!!”

April:

  • The Long Way to a New Land by Joan Sandin
  • The Long Way Westward by Joan Sandin
  • Daniel’s Duck by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • The Boston Coffee Party by Doreen Rappaport
  • Albert by Alison Jezard
  • We Are Neighbours
  • The Josphina Story Quilt by Eleanor Coerr
  • The Fire Cat by Esther Averill
  • The Little Girl and The Tiny Doll
  • Katie Morag by Mairi Hedderwick
  • Oliver, Amanda and Grandmother Pig by Jean van Leeuwen

L7’s Books Completed (excluding the daily dose of picture books and looked-at-for-fun-but-not-read-TinTins)
January:

  • Fantastic Mr Fox
  • Oliver Pig at School

February:

  • More Tales of Amanda Pig by Jean Van Leeuwen
  • The Long Way Westward by Joan Sandin
  • Oliver Pig at School by Jean Van Leeuwen
  • lots and lots and lots of picture books;-)

March:

  • The Fire Cat by Esther Averill
  • Oliver Pig at School by Jean Van Leeuwen
  • Captain Cat by Syd Hoff
  • Amanda Pig, School Girl by Jean van Leeuwen
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • Amanda Pig on Her Own by Jean van Leeuwen

April:

  • Tales of Oliver Pig by Jean van Leeuwen
  • Amanda Pig on Her Own by Jean van Leeuwen
  • More Tales of Amanda Pig by Jean van Leeuwen
  • The Cow Who Fell In The Canal by Phyllis Krasilovsky
  • The Tale of the Three Trees by Tim Jonke
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