A Child's Garden of Versesby Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Tasha Tudor The Elephant's Child by Rudyard Kipling, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
The children had a lot of questions about this story. They also thought that it was funny. I was surprised that they asked for me to read it twice on the same day. It lead to a discussion about spanking and comments from Finnian about how the elephant's child shouldn't have spanked his family. Patrick told his older brother all about the story and enjoyed telling him about the words that the bi-colored-python-rock snake used. Like Patrick, I was amused by Rudyard Kipling's interesting use of words and phrases.
I am still trying to decide what I thought of this book. In it, the troll says to the Master Maid, "Curse your soul." She replies, "Bless my soul." While I like the Master Maid's response, I felt uneasy reading the troll's words to my children.
Tenth Grade Butter at the Old Price: The Autobiography of Marguerite de Angeli
Catherine enjoyed getting a peak at this author's life. She told me in amazement, "Marguerite de Angeli and her sister used to stay up until midnight working on homework." I always thought that Marguerite de Angeli was a Catholic, but Catherine told me that she was a Baptist.
Catherine received this book as a gift from her Confirmation sponsor a few years ago. This book was the perfect present for my daughter. She is constantly reading it. I will try to remember to mention the book when Catherine discusses some aspect of it with me, as she did recently.