Friday, February 19, 2016
Now that my kids are older (7th grade and 4th grade) book choices are SO MUCH more enjoyable for me! I volunteered at Mary Fowler's book fair and bought several that looked yummy, planning to read them to the kids. Davis, especially, loves to be read to. It is really a quality time activity for us. Right now we are reading Counting by 7s which is about a fabulously-interesting 6th grade girl who was adopted as a baby and then suddenly, tragically loses both her parents on the same day.
The story is about how she deals with this great loss and the motley crew of people she surrounds herself with. We were about halfway through the other night and I just had to finish it myself after Davis went to bed. Oh how I cried!!!!! I mean, sobbing. And it has a good ending, I just think it touched on one of my all-time greatest worries in life... how kids make it when they don't have the family network so many of us do. It really touched a chord with me.
Mary Fowler and I are reading I Am Malala- the young adult version (for my sake:). We are only a couple of chapters in because she has less free time available in the evening. I am hoping that the book will show Mary Fowler that to some children education is a privilege. I am SO proud of how she is doing in middle school but it never hurts to get a little world-perspective:).
I have found that my favorite place to volunteer in the kids' schools is the LIBRARY! I love it! I love being around all those books and I love discussing books with the librarians! And I love how the teachers at our elementary school read so many books in class to the kids. For example, I've always felt that a book (fiction or non-fiction) written from one child's perspective during the Depression can teach so much more than just remembering facts of the Depression.
And for me, I am loving The War of Art! I heard about it from one of my scrapbooking blogs and it is SO good! I usually try to get books from the library but I'm so happy I bought this one because I'm going to need it!
Posted by Olivia: (mostly) Happy Homemaker