Our kids often write reviews for the local homeschool newsletter. If you’re like me and wait until later to shop for Christmas, here are their suggestions for great reads (and I was so happy to see their twaddle-free selections!):
Jigsaw Jones by James Preller
Detective Jigsaw and Mila are on a case to find crooks, at $1 a case. Join this 7-year-old detective and his friends while he looks out for his enemies.
Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
Meet Louis the Trumpeter Swan. Yes, Louis can fly and swim, but you will soon find that he is no ordinary trumpeter swan. Louis can’t talk or even make a sound, but he can read, write and play the trumpet. I’ll bet you have never met a bird who could do that, huh?
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
For two years, the roundup men have been trying to catch a wild mare called Phantom. When she finally is caught, Paul and Maureen Beebe just have to buy her. Once Paul and Maureen finally have earned enough money to buy Phantom, she has a newborn colt called Misty. After the all their hard work, will Paul and Maureen be able to buy them both?
Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge
Long ago in Holland, Hans Brinker and his sister Gretel would do anything to be in the ice skating contest with all of the other kids. But of course, who wouldn’t if the prize was a brand new pair of silver skates! Only Hans and Gretel wouldn’t even be close to winning wearing their old wooden skates that squeak on the ice. Out of nowhere comes enough money to buy a real pair of skates. Now that Hansel and Gretel are in the ice skating contest, read and find out if they win the silver pair of skates.