Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Movie Delivery! Library Finds!

I have long been a fan of the Horatio Hornblower series and it arrived, brand new, still in the shrink-wrap, today! We are very excited and cannot wait to watch them all. We have seen only a few, but they are of excellent quality. I will give you a full review when we are done. This set has six films and some DVD extras too!

Today was a library day and that meant sorting through the many interesting books, movies, DVDs, and book tapes that my children present me with for check-out. Many times I say yes, as they are worth our time. Other times I have to say no. I have been more careful in our selection because, frankly, there is just a lot of junk-lit out there. It cannot even be granted the title of "literature" if I am honest! (Which I always try to be, you know.) :+)

I have been reseaching some very good fairy tales and some I have discovered come with some quality lessons. I have found some really neat books! Here are some of them:

The Lady and the Lion, by Laurel Long and Jacqueline Ogburn, is one of the most beautifully illustrated books I have seen in a long long time. I mean
just the cover is worth looking at! The whole book is full-color and gorgeous.

The Selfish Giant, by Oscar Wilde, has been illustrated by many artists. I found the entire book, sans pictures,
online to read. I really enjoyed this illustrated version and found my son reading it for pleasure. I am sure your library will have one of the versions--and there are many since this story has been in print since 1888! As you will see if you click to read the story, it is a really wonderful one!

This next one is a great one for teaching that words can have more than one meaning! It is a clever book that we have enjoyed a lot. The Riddle, as retold by Adele Vernon. It looks like it is no longer available direct from Amazon, but there are some great prices in the new and used section if you find it at your library and want to own it!

And that, folks, is my small library wrap-up. :+)


Sandi said...

I hear you about the books at the library. I have a 6 year old that reads way above grade level. I have to be so careful with her. There seems to be a gap (IMO) in reading material between good picture books and books for children who read at a 5/6th grade level. Most children's novels are junk. She isn't ready for the unabridged classics yet, partly because of content. I have to look long and hard to find level appropriate reading for her.

Thanks for the book suggestions...we will definately try to find these.

(And I am honored to be on your blog roll :o)

Copperswife said...

I've not heard of this series. I'll be anxious to hear what you think about them after you've had a chance to watch the whole bunch. Be sure to post!

smilingeyes@FiveFisch said...

I love the Horatio Hornblower series, too. I've seen them all (they are not appropriate for young viewers). Did you enjoy "Master and Commander", too?

Melkhi said...

I thoroughly enjoyed the first four books in the series, but thought they went downhill after that.