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February 26, 2009

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Janet

My daughter is 4, and about a year ago, my dh started reading The Wizard of Oz to her. We have the version that is illustrated by Charles Santore (really beautiful). I thought that the "violence" like the melting witch and the flying monkeys would be too much, but she loved it and wanted it read over and over. I think it gave her some new tools for how to explain her feelings about tough situations. We read one or two pages a night and the book is finished in less than a week. Nice transition from picture books to ones with few.

Cathi

Our first chapter book was Charlotte's Web. I think that any of EB White's books would work, really. The kids liked them, there are interspersed illustrations, and the chapters were really short.

And- I think we are separated at birth a little bit- even though you have two sisters and a brother. I started that hex blanket with Noro, and I love being able to pick up Kureyon at shops as well, although I think your choice of pattern is better.

Thanks for the review of Childhood Unbound- I am definitely going to check it out.

Have a great day-xo

Ava

Matilda and James and the Giant Peach were the first chapter books that we read the girls (complete with the accents and voices) . . . but I think that Gus is a little too young. Give him at least one more year (so says your big sister).

Knitter's Review had something about the Noro knock-off Boku. Interesting stuff!

Lola

I figured James & the Giant Peach. I also was guessing that getting ahead of myself, but I thought I'd give it a try.

I've knit with Boku before. I used it for the last couple Lizard Ridge squares. It even has fake earth in it. It doesn't have the dramatic color changes though.

Ava

You know, you could start with very short chapter books with predictability like "The Magic Treehouse" series . . . let me think on this for a while.

Lola

We read to Chapter 3 of James & the Giant Peach. I think that if I read it in really funny voices & ask questions, he might be ok. There's a scribbled drawing every other page. That helps with keeping his attention. We flipped though & he asked about some of the future pics. I told him we'd have to keep reading to figure it out. It's going to have to be an Every-Night-Thing to keep him wanting more. But isn't everything that way?

Jean Marie

It depends on the child, some do well listening to chapter books and others like shorter reads!

Not chapter book, but a lot of boys like Thomas the Tank Engine, though it is old-fashioned, and it is possible to find compilations with many (or all) of the stories.

Paddington Bear books.

James Stevenson books - short chapters, funny - I especially like the Mud Flat books and The Pattaconk Brook.

Winnie the Pooh books.

Ameilia Bedelia books.

All boy tested and approved - I have a 15year old and a just turned 5 year old (and something of a taste for older books!)

Jean Marie

It depends on the child, some do well listening to chapter books and others like shorter reads!

Not chapter book, but a lot of boys like Thomas the Tank Engine, though it is old-fashioned, and it is possible to find compilations with many (or all) of the stories.

Paddington Bear books.

James Stevenson books - short chapters, funny - I especially like the Mud Flat books and The Pattaconk Brook.

Winnie the Pooh books.

Ameilia Bedelia books.

All boy tested and approved - I have a 15year old and a just turned 5 year old (and something of a taste for older books!)

tricia

We read Charlotte's Web, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and a Homer Price book of short stories. The illustrations in the Homer Price are great. My kids loved the lady losing her diamond ring in the donut batter and the silliness that follows in Homer Price. Also read the Thornton Burgess books, but maybe because they were my childhood favourites. We are also huge fans of kids books on tapes. What does your local library have.

Thanks for the link to the vortex hat. Neat construction.

lesley

hmm. chapter books eh? i had a set of (and still do) childrens versions of classics. swiss family, arabian nights, heidi, black beauty, alice in wonderland...any or all of which are good if broken up into chapters. and the kids versions are much more approachable than the adult versions. there are also the wind in the willows, the rescuers, and of course magic school bus and that sort of thing but i loved the classics. good first choice with roald dahl. he's funny :)

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