Book Review: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - Kate DiCamillo I bought this book for my children on the recommendation of Ann Patchett. In her most recent essay collection, These Precious Days, Patchett details her introduction to the work of DiCamillo and how she devoured her work, even though it is written for children and Patchett… Continue reading Book Review: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Reading With Pearl & Rose: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

As before, this will be less of a book review and more a way to share my experience of re-reading childhood favourites with my own children. For reference, my kids are ages 7 and 4. Little Women is such a classic story and one I've read and watched so many times that I have trouble… Continue reading Reading With Pearl & Rose: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Reading with Pearl & Rose: Lassie Come-Home

Lassie Come-Home by Eric Knight (Grosset & Dunlap, 1940) Rather than a regular book review, this will be more about our experience of reading a book as a family. For reference, my kids are 7 and 4 years old. Lassie Come-Home is the first chapter book I ever remember reading on my own. I recall… Continue reading Reading with Pearl & Rose: Lassie Come-Home

Reading with Pearl & Rose: Favourite Christmas Books

Books are always a big part of Christmas in our family. We give them, we get them, we are excited to bring out our box of Christmas books that gets stored away each year. While I always give the girls books for Christmas, they are very rarely Christmas books. Sometimes they'll get one or two… Continue reading Reading with Pearl & Rose: Favourite Christmas Books

Reading with Pearl & Rose: The Chronicles of Narnia

The Complete Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis (Harper Collins Publishers) The Chronicles of Narnia are an absolute classic series of children's stories. I could not tell you how many times I have read these seven books. They were read to me as a child and I read them over and over again as an… Continue reading Reading with Pearl & Rose: The Chronicles of Narnia

Reading with Pearl & Rose: Robert McCloskey

If you look at my kids' bookshelves, you will probably get a good picture (pun intended) of my own tastes. I love factual, colourful, non-fiction children's books. I love stories about animals. I love detailed picture books - both in their illustrations and in their content. I look for a certain poetry in the writing,… Continue reading Reading with Pearl & Rose: Robert McCloskey

Reading with Pearl & Rose: Alphabet Books

The alphabet is, obviously, the foundation of literacy. There are a LOT of alphabet books out there for kids, with all kinds of themes and illustrations. These are some of the favourites in our household. Pearl knows her ABCs now and is beginning to recognize a few simple words. Rose remains largely illiterate. ABCers -… Continue reading Reading with Pearl & Rose: Alphabet Books

Reading with Pearl & Rose: A Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered Animals

A Wild Child's Guide to Endangered Animals - Millie Marotta (Chronicle Books, 2019) A look at my daughters' bookshelves might tell you what I value in a book for children. Beautiful illustrations, clear writing, a funny or goofy story, and words that don't talk down to them. I don't go in for the saccharine stories… Continue reading Reading with Pearl & Rose: A Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered Animals

Reading with Pearl & Rose: Cars and Trucks

Pearl is currently in a bit of a car phase so when I spotted this Little Golden Book at a library book sale, I picked it up. The book is originally from 1951 but this copy was republished in 1976. It remains delightfully dated but the pictures are by Richard Scarry. No word on who… Continue reading Reading with Pearl & Rose: Cars and Trucks