Books read 2006/2007 school year

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Thomas Finds a Treasure, by Joan Stromberg - My sons LOVED this Catholic historical novel. It led us to a whole "rabbit trail" on the Erie Canal and a love of St. John Neumann! ~~~~~

On to Oregon by Honore Morrow - Another rabbit trail on the Oregon Trail. Incredible, true story of real children who made the journey themselves! ~~~~~

The Lewis & Clark Expedition (Landmark book #15) by Richard L. Neuberger - Wonderfully captures the personalities of these adventurers. We rented the whole PBS series as well. ~~~~~

Davy Crockett, Young Rifleman by Aileen Wells Parks - Davy could shoot a flame off a candle wick...and now the boys want to as well! ~~~~~

Catholic Mosaic from by Cay Gibson - Living the liturgical year with literature. We enjoyed the 52 library book suggestions, guided questions and projects, especially The Miracle of St. Nicholas by Gloria Whelan. I could barely get thru it, dismally holding back the tears, it was so moving! Such a tribute to Priests. ~~~~~

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry - This Newberry Medal winner was riveting. after seeing jpII movies of his youth during Nazi times, the boys wanted to read more about the Holocaust. ~~~~~

The Giver by Lois Lowry - Opened us up to conversations about Life issues...conception to natural death. They'll be on the lookout for a "world like this" coming. (Parental discretion) ~~~~~

Outlaws of Ravenhurst by Sister Imelda Wallace - No wonder this is recommended on so many reading lists! The love for Our Lady is so poignant, as is the battle to hold on to the faith, no matter the cost! ~~~~~

Pope John Paul II Young Man of the Church by George E. Stanley - Enjoyed for the lesser known facts from JPII's youth. ~~~~~

Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard & Florence Atwater - My 4th grade son read this Newberry honored book. He's rated it the best book he's ever read. He was able to narrate 5 pages to me retelling the story! ~~~~~

Lost in Peter's Tomb by Dianne Ahern - Having read some Roman history and many JPII movies, this story of children at the Vatican connected well for the boys. Much about papal art and history is imparted. ~~~~~

Knights of the Round Table adapted by Gwen Gross - Arthurian legends capture the imagination...and a love for Lancelot. We rented Camelot to watch too. ~~~~~

Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary - this ALA notable was enjoyed by my 4th grader but Mr. Popper's Penguins is better, he wants you to know. He's reading Henry & Beezus next to continue the saga.... ~~~~~

St. Catherine of Siena by Mary Fabyan Windeatt - My eldest chose this saint from the saint basket this New Year's...rather, the saint chose him! I am pleased that this inspiring Doctor of The Church is "sharing" this year with my son...and so is he! ~~~~~

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain - I now understand why HEMINGWAY said. "All modern literature stems from this one book." Reading it again now, as an adult, I realize that it stands as truly great literature. The characters and their conversations are so rich. The boys were literally enchanted! They made forts in the woods and truly rolled on the floor laughing at times. Maybe the most fun we've had together all year. We'll never forget it...especially when their Popsy came to read chapters to them. ~~~~~

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