Category Archives: What We Are 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: Black Beauty (a book review)

What We Are Reading: Black Beauty (a book review)

Summary “Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell is the story of a well-bred, well-mannered horse who initially was raised in happy and comfortable environment. Due to unfortunate circumstances, Black Beauty is eventually sold. During the 19th century in England, when this classic was written, it wasn’t uncommon for a horse to be treated like a commonContinue 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: The Secret Garden (a book review)

What We Are Reading: The Secret Garden (a book review)

Summary “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett opens with 9-year-old Mary Lennox living in India.  As a result of her mother’s neglect and her servants heeding to her every whim, Mary can only be described in the beginning of this book as sullen, helpless, spoiled and self-centered.  After she is orphaned, she comes toContinue 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