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September 24, 2010

Easy On The SweetFarts

Today’s Wall Street Journal has a great opinion piece by Thomas Spence titled “How to Raise Boys Who Read.”  I encourage anyone who reads this blog to click on over (after finishing reading this of course).  I won’t steal Mr. Spence’s thunder, but I have noticed the disturbing trend he speaks of in his piece.  As I kid (and I may be dating myself here) reading The Hardy Boys and being caught up by the books of Jack London, John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway (Old Man and The Sea in particular).  Now, when shopping for books for the Little Man we’re faced with choices like SweetFarts, Captain Underpants and SpongeBob Squarepants.  It is easier to find a cab in Manhattan on a rainy Friday night at 5 then it is to find any decent books for boys these days.  The article was like the alarm going off after hitting the snooze a few times and it is time to wake up.  The best intentions pave the roadstraight to SweetFarts.

November 10, 2009

The Seeing Stick

The Little Man is lucky enough to have grandmothers who are excellent book givers and last night was a seriously good one.  Books arrive from California in bunches and so sometimes we don’t get to them all right away.  As Last night we found such a book that we had not yet read, but was an gorgeous surprise. 

The Seeing Stick by Jane Yolen

The Seeing Stick is an old Chinese legend told by Jane Yolen about a young blind princess.  I don’t want to give the story away, but I highly recommend it for kids who are in the first grade to fourth grade range.  Our little second grader AND his father were both captivated by an amazing telling of a great tale complemented by fantastic artwork by Daniela Terrazzini.  It is a book we will read many times.  Even more importantly I’m sure we will talk about the moral of the story over and over.  Check it out.