Thursday, January 12, 2012
Read Aloud Thursday ::: Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
Right after the first of the year, we finished our last read-aloud from 2011: Little Men. This was (and still is) one of my favorite books and if I remember right, I read this before I read Little Women. N1 had recently finished a illustrated children's version of Little Women (abridged), and had the gist of the story down and who all the sisters were. That led me to think that Little Men would be a great chapter book for us to read, full of entertaining and highly moral stories about the boys that live at Professor and Mrs. Bhaer's school, Plumfield.
First, let me say that we did enjoy this as a read aloud. The scrapes and adventures the boys had were very entertaining and kept our attention throughout the book ... although it was sometimes hard for the girls to keep straight which boy was which. There was also a well-delivered moral lesson at the end of the boys' adventures and N1 at least, was able to catch on to these pretty well.
The hard part of reading this classic was the length of the chapters. Most days we had to break our chapter into two readings because it would take almost an hour to get through it in one sitting. Rarely did the littlest of girls have the patience to make it that long. Still I am glad we read this book together and made it to the end! : )
Also, a first for us, we read this book for the most part from my Kindle instead of a physical book. As you can see from the pictures here, my copy of the book is quite old. It belonged to my Great Aunt - you can see that she was given it in 1935 - and the pages were falling out right and left as we read. I hated for us to lose the sweet illustrations sprinkled throughout the story, but I worried that the book wouldn't make it. Little Men is free for Kindle so we downloaded it and went on from there and this book has been retired to an upper shelf for now.
Linking up with Amy's Read Aloud Thursday this week!