Last night my mom and my sister and I finished reading the second novel in a wonderful series of books called The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall. Both are great books about four sisters: motherly Rosalind, who is twelve; perky Skye, who is eleven; imaginative Jane, who is ten; and animal-loving Batty, who is four. Together the sisters resolve what problems come towards them in a unique way that no one but a Penderwick could have thought of. Along with their clever father and lovable dog Hound, these amazing girls will do anything to do what is best for their family and friends.
The third book is on my bedroom shelf waiting to be read, the fourth book is coming out in spring 2015.
Hello everybody! It is only Kate this time but I am writing for my sister as well as for myself because I know that she has similar thoughts about this certain topic.She is in the bathroom right now having a very important business meeting with the shower head. We both just wrote about CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and Mommy had to type it up for us because we are so slow. She called us over this beautiful morning to look at them and when we were done we said, "Gee, Mom, it would be really nice if we could see another person's post." And so we did. We really liked all of them (especially the one about what you would do if you got a golden ticket!). Is CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY on our "Books That Make Us Cuckoo" list? Mary is here!
Hi! I am Mary. I am very interested with reading and writing, so I am doing a blog with my twin sister, Kate. I am 9 years old and going into fifth grade in the fall. Reading books is pretty much a half of my summer, because I wake up in the morning and read, eat and read, and then playfor the rest of the day. I hope you enjoy reading my reviews!
In the summer of reading, I have now enlisted my children to not only
help with laundry, gardening and cooking but also writing. We all read
the classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and over dinner,
overwhelmed with their responses to my questioning in putting together
thoughts on the book, I decided that they would write the essays for From Left to Write. Nine year old writing skills now far exceed nine year old cooking skills, but we're working on that.
As a five year old I always thought that getting everything would be nice, and that of course my mom and dad could,
so then why wouldn't they? I saw kids my age at Target begging and
screaming for a doll and they would get it. And when I tried this I got a
time-out at home (and no doll). Now I am nine and by understanding the
world a little better, I know that wanting (not to mention having)
everything, would be a mistake of mine, for I would be bored, but most
importantly I would not be a very good friend or person. In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Veruca Salt is like this. In one part of the story she tells her parents that she wants an Oompa-Loompa and that she needs
one, yet these Oompa-Loompas belong to Mr. Wonka (mother editor note,
discuss owning versus working for with daughter writer). And after she
screams and yells and whines they tell her maybe. So in conclusion I
think that kids should get things only when they are nice about it and
if it is something they need. Kids should never want everything.
reading Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory I found myself
pondering a fact that I had not even thought about for a very long time:
the fact that there is a gargantuan amount of children in the world
that have living conditions much worse than mine. Many of these children
would call something as simple as flat screen TV a luxury and complain
(actually they might not complain because they were used to it) of heat
in the summer and being cold in the winter because they don't have air
conditioning and heat. In my free time you'll probably find me relaxing
on our back deck or deciding what to play with while rummaging through
our big container of outdoor toys and sports equipment. I dont' realize
how great it is that I have so many privileges very often, that is until
Charlie Bucket pops into my mind again.
The other four
lucky winners at Mr. Wonka's factory are described as greedy and
spoiled children. What do you think would happen if they switched
places with Charlie Bucket? They probably never thought of kids like
him. All four were too busy eating, chewing gum, watching television and
and spoiling themselves to ever think of this. From now on I am going
to try to think about this everyday.
thoughts, beyond what a delightful and imaginative story this is, as
enchanting now as it was when I read it so many years ago, lean to
appreciation for fine lessons learned. I distinctly remember being
horrified at the behavior of four of the five Golden Ticket winners when
I was young; I'm happy to learn that my girls share my horror.
Head over to From Left to Write
to learn how you and your child can have a chance to win the Golden
Ticket Sweepstakes where the grand prize is a magical trip to New York
City, plus much more! For every entry submitted Penguin Young Readers
Group will make a donation to First Book. Then join From Left to Write
on July 24th as we discuss Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. As a book club member I received a copy of the book for review purposes.
It will be the summer of reading. Last summer it was bicycles, riding
for hours on end for the first time without the aid of additional
wheels (quiet, they are city children, it took a bit longer), and the
summer before that, the summer of France, on their first trip to one of
my favorite countries. But this year, in what could have been the summer
of soccer (although, now wrapped, their enchantment with the World Cup
was too fleeting to define an entire summer), it is the summer of
reading. It's nothing new, they have always been fond of books and
stories but this year their lazy selves are lolling in bed some days
until 11:00, waking and reading for hours before dragging themselves
downstairs in search of food. They are building forts and finding nooks
to house their afternoon habit; dirt and sand covered children crawling
into the corners of our home, books in hand, to pick up where they left
off that morning.
We have no complaints.
they were born my cousin gave me a book, a big thick book, called "How
to Raise Readers" or something like that. I thought this was genius and
planned on reading it cover to cover as soon as I found time. I suspect
it is still in the exact place on the shelf where I put it almost ten
years ago, having never found the time to read about reading, choosing
rather to actually just read. This lackadaisical approach seems to have
We read together every night, the three of us. Last night we finished the first in The Penderwicks
series, a book we all loved so much so that the next two books have
just been ordered from my favorite used book seller. The girls, on their
own, just finished Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as did I, and we will all write reviews next week for From Left to Write, celebrating the 50th anniversary of this really terrific book. And now they will have their own space, NorthSideFour: Kate and Mary Read,
because all this reading begets writing, and I'm most curious as to
what they have to say. Nose buried in books, I haven't talked to them in