Saturday, November 14, 2009

Peter Pan

(BOOK 31 of the 52 week Challenge)

The girls and I just read this book aloud. I had forgotten how rich the language is in this children's classic. The version we read (pictured) was beautifully illustrated. We have the movie (2003 non-animated version) on its way from Netflix.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

(BOOK 30 of the 52 week Challenge)

Catherine, Elizabeth, and I recently read this together and then topped it off with another viewing of the movie. I never get tired of this story.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Our Town

(BOOK 29 of the 52 week Challenge)

Zachary, Ryan, Catherine, and I just read this play of Thornton Wilder's which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1938. After we finished the book, we watched the excellent Masterpiece Theater production which starred Paul Newman as the Stage Manager. We greatly enjoyed both.

The Metamorphosis

(BOOK 28 of the 52 week Challenge)

Kafka is a master of surrealism in this novella about a man who wakes up one morning and finds he has turned into a cockroach as he slept.

Animal Farm

(BOOK 27 of the 52 week Challenge)

Orwell's allegory of Soviet communism is one of my favorite books. Zachary, Ryan, and I read it together recently as we studied about the Russian Revolution and life in Russia under Lenin and Stalin.