31 Days of Reading with Your Children // Day 15


I'm sharing a book that I blogged back in the fall of 2009 and it's still a favorite today. I read it aloud to my girls when they were 5, 3, and 2, and I feel sure that we will revisit this next year as my little girls (and boy!) are ready for their own reading of this book. Enjoy!

This week, Hope is the Word and I are both blogging about our recent chapter book read-aloud that we have finished with our girls. Tumtum & Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall is the story of two mice, Tumtum & Nutmeg Nutmouse, who live at Nutmouse Hall. Their humans, Mr. Mildew and his two children Lucy and Arthur, lead a sort-of pitiful life until the Nutmouses step up and take charge helping the children and keeping up around them home. The Nutmouses are simple folk - they enjoy a good meal, catching up on local mouse new, but certainly do not want to be involved in adventures!

In the first story, Tumtum and Nutmeg, the mice take on evil Aunt Ivy, the children's visiting Aunt. She abhors mice and is on a mission to rid the Mildews' home of these unwelcome pests. Book two is The Great Escape and in this story, the Nutmouses attempt to help their friend General Marchmouse out of a sticky predicament. (General Marchmouse is a quite a character himself). Book three again brings in General Marchmouse, a sunken boat and some pirate rats in The Pirates' Treasure.

My girls loved these stories. There was always the request for one more chapter and, while this is big book, we flew through it in record time. (I feel sure we will reread and revisit these characters soon, we loved them so much). The girls also loved the simple pen and ink sketches that were liberally throughout the stories. For my young chapter book readers, there were just the right amount of pictures to give them something to look at every few pages and keep them hooked into the story.

Now that I'm rereading this review, we may pull this out again sooner rather than later! : )

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  1. Lulu pulls this one out and re-reads it often!

  2. I have not heard of this book ~ but I am thinking I might have to reserve this from our library. I am enjoying your series!


  3. This is the mention that got me going! LOVE Tumtum and Nutmeg and am enjoying them with my kids thanks to you! So glad you highlighted these books! So fabulous.

  4. I've been meaning to get this from the library for a long time... it would be a perfect read aloud for Bridget and Gracie (Maddie is usually too hard to corner for read-alouds at night this school year as she is off to go read whatever it is she can't wait to get back to, ha!)


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