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priyabradfield
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An afternoon of giants and wooden horses and lotus-eaters
Please, please don't tell me that I forgot the full set of Little House on the Prairie books back in Los Angeles!

*headdesk*

I wanted to start reading those to Maya today. I searched all over the place for them...I could have sworn I brought them with us. Crap.

So, instead, we started reading The One-Eyed Giant by Mary Pope Osborne.



She is also the author of the Magic Tree House series of books, which Maya adores. Maya enjoyed The One-Eyed Giant as well - we haven't finished it though. But she totally got into the Trojan Horse story and the bit about the One-Eyed Giant (Polyphemus the Cyclops). Very simplified version of the actual stories from The Odyssey, but perfect for an afternoon of reading with a 5-year-old.

eleme, you might want to check out The Tales from The Odyssey series and the Magic Tree House series by Osborne. They say that the reading level is ages 9-12, but I think that it is probably lower than that, slightly. They aren't classics, but we've been enjoying them in our house. :-)

But I was really in the mood for Little House on the Prairie...

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gnotobiotically From: gnotobiotically Date: January 10th, 2006 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have a few Little House on the Prairie books here. I've never read them...
That location/time period was never of much interest to me.

I've read some of the Magic Tree House books that my bros brought home from school.
Very pleasant reading, and I am going to look into reading The One Eyed Giant now that you brought it to my attention.
I love those kinds of stories. I was reading the Iliad not too long ago, that is, until I misplaced my book. =P

Greek Epic poems make for good reading.
tygerlander From: tygerlander Date: January 10th, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Odessey was fine for me until I was hired to do an audio book editing of the Odessey spoken in ancient greek for a professor.


It was like "kill me... kill me now!"
gnotobiotically From: gnotobiotically Date: January 10th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh My Gawd! Hahahaha!

You poor poor dear...
From: gabbytheguy Date: January 10th, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those Odyssey books sound great! I would love Audrey to get into those later when she is able to.

Umm, you can keep Little House on the Prairie...not my cup of tea...
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: January 11th, 2006 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't deprive Audrey of Little House books. I still remember devouring them when I was a little girl. My absolute favorite of the series was These Happy Golden Years. It is a beautiful love story. I remember crying and hoping that my life would be filled with that kind of simple and tender love.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 10th, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thanks!

Thanks for sharing those book titles. Abi is going to start studying the Ancients soon and it is recommended that we find read-aloud books just like the ones you are reading to Maya. I'll have to check out the library.
eleme From: eleme Date: January 11th, 2006 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for letting me know Priya! I've heard of the Magic Tree House series but never actually read any of them. I should do so soon, now that I seem to be on a roll of reading a few books from many popular series. I've never heard of the Tales from the Odessey series, so I'll definitly have to look it up, thanks so much for the recomendation! Seeing myself addressed in someone else's LJ entry made me feel so special, thanks for that too! ^.^

I'm sorry you couldn't find your Little House on the Praire books, my family read those aloud when I was a kid. Is there a chance you can still find it? I hope so because they'd be so much fun for all of you to read!

~eshy
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: January 11th, 2006 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought of you and the entry you did for me recommending various preK/K books when I started this entry! These books aren't very detailed, but they are easy to understand and I was surprised at how much Maya actually paid attention and understood of the The One-Eyed Giant. Pretty good for a 5-year-old.

I'm going to have to search again for the Little House books. I'm sure I packed them to bring - but then maybe I figured we'd be going back in a couple of years and Maya wouldn't be ready until then? That would have been silly, but I wouldn't be surprised!

Magic Tree House books are great. The two main characters are very likeable by children. Plus, for a little older children, there are research guides for each book. Take a look at the websites:

Magic Tree House
Teachers' Tree House
eleme From: eleme Date: January 11th, 2006 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)
cool, thank you! ^.^
princessofcandl From: princessofcandl Date: January 16th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I was completely addicted to The Little House series.

How obsessed? Well, when I got my first doggie of my very own (my little male chinese crested, who is spoiled and loved like crazy) I named him Manly and his AKC name is "Manly and Wilder".

All those that get it say "I"!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: January 17th, 2006 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I!!!!

LOL
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