Book Review of Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures was this year’s Newberry Medal winner. You might be familiar with some of Kate Dicamillo’s other books: The Tale of Despereaux, Because of Winn Dixie, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Toulane. I first heard about this book in the pre-Newberry buzz and thought it sounded cute.

Flora & Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo Book Review by What My Kids Read
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Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien Picture Book Review

Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien Picture Book Review by What My Kids Read

My mom found this collections of letters reprinted in a magazine when I was a little girl, and she ripped them out and saved them. I read those pages ragged and have read them to my kids as well, so it was fun to find an actual book to be able to share with my kids!

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Book Review of The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit

The Railway Children is another children’s classic written by Edith Nesbit. I have reviewed another book by her, Five Children and It. It’s a very sweet, innocent story, set in Victorian times. It is very moral, and the language might make it dull for some children. Paul read an adapted version, and thoroughly enjoyed it. (You can read his review at the end of this post). I like the unabridged version better, though, and I will be reading this out loud to my kids this winter.

Thorough Review of The Railway Children by E. Nesbit

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Book Review of Nurse Matilda (Nanny McPhee) by Christianna Brand

What do you do when your children are naughty and all your hired help has run off in despair? You hope and pray that Nurse Matilda shows up on your doorstep!

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Book Review of Pippi Goes On Board by Astrid Lindgren

Thorough book review of Pippi Goes on Board by Astrid Lindgren ~ What My Kids Read Pippi goes on Board is the second book about Pippi Longstocking. Once again, she has unpredictable and outrageous adventures that her friends, Tommy and Annika, are shocked and thrilled to go along with. It is very similar to the first book, Pippi Longstocking, which I reviewed here. It would be a great read-aloud, since every chapter has funny stories that many ages would enjoy.

There was a movie based on this book, made in the 1960s. We have not seen it.

Parents should be aware that Pippi makes some bad choices that would be deadly for a normal child. She mixes medicine together and drinks it – saying they will find out if it is poisonous if she dies from it. Another time, she carries a pistol and shoots it into the air for fun several times. She also talks quite a bit about cannibals (her father is the king of some cannibals and returns to take her back to the island). Pippi and her father lie, or tell tall tales. They talk about practicing their lying, as if it was a skill that needed to be worked on.

Also, I read the version translated by Florence Lamborn. Other translations might have different language. I read one review of the book that mentioned Pippi’s father was the king of the negroes. In this translation, it is cannibals (which is disturbing to me to think those words are translated from the same word in these books!).

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