Category Archives: Charlotte

What We Are Reading: Ducktails (a book review)

Summary “Ducktails” by Janette Oke is the story of an inquisitive duckling named Quackery who is seeking to make sense of himself, his fellow barnyard companions, and the rest of the world. Since birth, something inside Quackery has compelled him to compare himself with the rest of his peers… Did he look the same asContinue ReadingContinue Reading

What We Are Reading: Twig (a book review)

Summary “Twig” by Elizabeth Orton Jones (a Caldecot award winner) is a classic children’s story of a poor little girl who lives with her parents on the fourth floor of a rundown apartment house in New York City in the earlier part of the century. Twig’s life is rather ordinary and she entertains herself by playingContinue Reading

What We Are Reading: Pippi Longstocking (a book review)

Summary “Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren is the story of a young, perky, and imaginative girl who lives alone with her pet horse and monkey in a house in Sweden called “Villa Villekulla. According to Pippi, her father has been lost at sea and her mother died when she was a wee babe, but PippiContinue ReadingContinue Reading

What We Are Reading: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (a book review)

What We Are Reading: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (a book review)

Summary “Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle” by Betty MacDonald is the story of a quirky, yet caring woman who smells of cookies and lives all alone in an upside-down house.  Although she doesn’t have any of her own, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle enjoys the company of children so much, she allows them to come over any time they please, andContinue Reading

What We Are Reading: The Mouse and the Motorcycle (a book review)

What We Are Reading: The Mouse and the Motorcycle (a book review)

Summary “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” by Beverly Cleary is the story of a young mouse named Ralph who resides at the run-down Mountain View Inn along with the rest of his relatives.  Ralph has seen many guests come and go, but until Keith, a young boy who checks in with his family one weekend,Continue Reading

What We Are Reading: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (a book review)

What We Are Reading: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (a book review)

Summary “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl is the story of a young poverty-stricken boy named Charlie who lives with his parents and both sets of grandparents.  Charlie’s family is so poor, they can scarcely afford to eat, but they all manage to pitch in once a year to buy Charlie a WonkaContinue Reading

What We Are Reading: Matilda (a book review)

What We Are Reading: Matilda (a book review)

Summary “Matilda” by Roald Dahl is the story about an extraordinarily gifted and humble 5-year-old little girl.  Before even entering primary school, she’s read every book in the children’s section in the library and moved on to the likes of Dickens, Steinbeck, and Faulkner. Matilda’s home life leaves quite a bit to be desired.  HerContinue Reading

What We Are Reading: You Can Do It (a book review)

What We Are Reading: You Can Do It (a book review)

Introduction In the late 70’s/ early 80’s, Child Development Specialist Joy Wilt Berry launched a series of books called “The Ready-Set-Grow Series” to aid children with practical life skills (how to manage money, how to manage time), as well as give them a resource to better process and understand their feelings (understanding why they feelContinue Reading

What We Are Reading: Ramona Quimby Age 8 (a book review)

What We Are Reading: Ramona Quimby Age 8 (a book review)

Summary “Ramona Quimby Age 8” by Beverly Cleary opens with Ramona starting a brand new school without her big sister Beezus.  Ramona’s realization sets in that, for once, her teachers are not going to be able compare the two siblings, and since she will not be living in her sister’s shadow, she feels she mayContinue Reading