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Read Aloud Thursday

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We currently have upwards of sixty books checked out from two libraries, which is a record for us.  Although I won’t be surprised if this number continues to climb, I am a little nervous about finding them all when it comes time to turn them back in.  I normally have one basket for library books, but because of the number of books and the general disarray of our home, the books are in several locations.  Ah, well.  All for a good cause, right?

Adventure is a theme that we have inadvertently picked up in our recent read-alouds here at the House of Hope.  We have read and re-read a couple of books with great delight and enjoyment all around.  The Small World of Binky Braverman by Rosemary Wells is the story of Stanley T. “Binky” Braverman, a boy who is sent away from his beloved friends, dogs, and countryside to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle in the city until his baby sister is born.  Binky is none too happy to give up his life at home, but he has no choice but to go.  His aunt and uncle are well-meaning but apparently childless, so they make Binky over into a model boy who wears suits, has a neat haircut, and whose only friend is a boy who cheats at cards.  Poor Binky misses his home and is on the brink of really kicking up a fuss about it. 
However, at about this time he discovers some little friends who make his new home much more endurable.  These friends are, of course, imaginary, but they help Binky be brave long enough to get back home.  This book reminds me of the Night at the Museum movies a little bit because of the pint-sized heroes it contains.  Richard Egielski’s  illustrations are slightly cartoonish but detailed, which is a perfect complement for this fun story.  I think this one would go over well with ‘most any age.  My girls really warmed up to it after an initial reading and ended up requesting it over and over again.

The Sailor’s Bride, written and illustrated by Tony Waters, is a picture book epic.  It’s the story of placid little Susanna mouse who marries a sailor named Whitewhiskers and sets up housekeeping in their cottage by the sea, despite her parents’ disapproval.  Susanna’s life is rather hum-drum, even in the midst of raising their ten children.  However, things take an exciting turn when Whitewhiskers is lost at sea and Susanna and their children take to the sea to rescue him.  With the help of a tunafish-and-cheese sandwich loving turtle and a seagull who repeats himself (reminiscent of the gander from Charlotte’s Web), Susanna and her brood rescue Whitewhiskers.  This is a real adventure with lots of sailing lingo and lovely watercolor illustrations.  I couldn’t find a cover image for this one, but just take our word for it–it’s a good one! 

Is your family like ours–positively drowning in books?  It’s a good problem to have, isn’t it?  Share what you’re reading here at Read Aloud Thursday, either by linking up a blog post or simply giving the details in your comment.  If you’re so inclined, grab the button as well.

Have a great Read Aloud Thursday, everyone!

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3 Responses

  1. I know the feeling of trying to herd library books. 🙂 We have so many now that I let the girls pick a few to read and I have my never-ending request list to go with school … and that’s without any for me! 🙂

  2. I ran around our house last night trying to find the 30 we had to make sure I get them back today! =) See, this is one of the reasons I fear the library. ;D However, our library does have an excellent return policy and you can be up to 10 days late before they’ll start applying fees. (It’s like – why have a deadline?!) Anyway, I’m back with RAT next week. In the meantime, I’m library browsing…

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