Friday, March 30, 2012

Reading Journal #9 - March 30, 2012:The Three Musketeers & More

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, Narrated by Michael Page

My thoughts:

I have been listening to this book on and off again for months. I had started listening to it to preview it for my son, but he ended up getting way ahead of me and has had it finished for awhile.

I really enjoyed this story, though it didn't turn out quite like I expected. In the beginning we are introduced to d'Artagnan on his way to Paris to join the Musketeers. On his way he catches a glimpse of woman addressed as Milady. As events continues he enters more scrapes and duels than can be imagined and of course three of these are with The Three Musketeers, Athos, Porthos, and  Aramis. As they become friends they eventually can't make it without each other. Many adventures happen until eventually, Milady makes a reappearance and the story becomes more serious and definitely more suspenseful. Milady, or also known as the Lady de Winter, was truly a scary and frightening woman! If you want to learn more, you will have to break open the book and find out.

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Playful Learning: Develop Your Child's Sense of Joy and Wonder by Mariah Bruehl

My thoughts:
In this book the author, Mariah Bruehl,  is encouraging parents to allow their children to discover the world around them and gives many activities to help. This book focuses on children being young authors, enjoying reading, working with mathematics, scientific investigations, exploring art and artists, global awareness, and becoming good citizens. Each chapter begins with an introduction of the whys and stages that children will go through. Then the second part of the chapter gives and also show the different activities you can implement. Focusing on children 4-8, Playful Learning will have something for everyone. In our home we aren't that hands on, but there were things I found that were worthy of doing. With all books like this, I found some things helpful and some that weren't appealing.

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James Herriot's Yorkshire by James Herriot

My thoughts:
I actually ran out of fiction books to read, so I reached in my basket and pulled out this travel book. I have enjoyed James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small series, so I figured I couldn't go wrong. Even though this is not filled with his wonderful stories, but he focuses on his many walks and drives through Yorkshire, which he gives wonderful descriptions and historical information.  When I was finished I was ready to hop on a plane and go check it out. My only complaint, was that I had the mass market edition which had the pictures in black and white, when I think the edition with color pictures would have been more enjoyable.
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The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald

We just finished this as a read aloud and I will be reviewing it this coming week for Read Aloud Thursday hosted by Amy at Hope is the Word.

1 comment:

  1. It's been years since I read The Three Musketeers, but I remember not liking it as well as the film version, and usually I'm the other way around. It might be better as an audiobook.



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