Thursday, August 12, 2010

Read Aloud Thursday ::: Summer Favorites

This week we've been spending time with another Download N Go lapbook as we ease back into our school routine - Summer Sensations. (Come back tomorrow for a chance to win a copy of this unit study!) We have spent our days in the air conditioning, reading about the hot weather outside and truthfully, in my case, trying to avoid it. : ) All that to say, here are a few favorite books we've stumbled upon, but by no means a complete list.

The Year At Maple Hill Farm

The Year at Maple Hill Farm is one that I have seen on multiple book lists, but have never picked up before now. Love the beautiful drawings through out the book as you get a glimpse of how the animals live throughout the different months of the year. I'll be looking for more books by the Provensens to read with the girls. (Amy @ Hope is the Word just reviewed The Glorious Flight by the Provensens and it's one that we "rowed" last year with FIAR and Homeschool Share).

The Relatives Came

The Relatives Came is a sweet story by Cynthia Rylant. The relatives from Virginia drive all day and all night to come for a summer visit. The house is crowded, there are people sleeping on top of each other but they wouldn't want it any other way. It's family and the visit is over all too soon.

When Lightning Comes in a Jar

When Lightning Comes in a Jar explores the fun and memories of a summer family reunion and the childlike delight of catching fireflies on a summer evening. Loved this one. It really captured the beauty of family and the heritage of passing on traditions and stories and memories of those gone before.

I'm hoping that next week I'll be able to share that we've finished our current chapter book read-aloud and what we thought of it. I'll admit I'm ready to move on, but we'll save more than that for another time.

For more Read-Aloud Thursday, visit Amy at Hope is the Word.


  1. If you like farm books, there's a new one out called Farm by Elisha Cooper that talks about the seasons on a farm. The illustrations are interesting and it has plenty of text to read.

  2. Okay, this is the third time I've tried to comment on this post. I just keep experiencing technical difficulties. :-)

    We have The Year at Maple Hill Farm, but we haven't read it. I think I need to pull it out. I love Rylant and Polacco, too. Great picks!

    Thanks for playing this week, Stephanie! I'm really looking forward to hearing what you have to say about Nanny McPhee!


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