are you still reading "little house on the prairie" to the kids?
i remember a blizzard so terrible that pa stretched a rope
between the house and the barn to not get lost. that might
be from the "long, hard winter," though.
hans and i were discussing that of all the gifts we have given
our children, the love for reading would be at the top of the
list. we cuddled their tiny bodies in our arms, reading them
nursery rhymes and bible stories.
as they grew older, they giggled at the antics of "hank, the
cowdog" and "the big friendly giant", better known as the
"BFG." they shuddered at the perils of bilbo baggins and
cried when beth died from "little women." one of them
would say, "mom, do the voices!" poor little beggars.
both the boys sort of stalled out at around 11 or 12, and i
resorted to gary paulsen's "the river" and "hatchet". his
thrilling adventures hooked them right back to the wonder
of well written stories, but they are not for young readers.
our local library asked me to host our children's author award
several years ago, and i flatly refused unless they granted the
award to gary. after all, i really owed him one. he was such a
colorful, salty guy, with a bit of a sailor's tongue, that the kids
were completely enamored.
that's what i love, a little salt, sugar and spice! speaking of
great stories, you can find heartbreaking love stories, tales of
intrigue and spies, and brutal wars in the Good Book, too.
Source for great stories for young children