Review: Peter Pan

Peter Pan
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Our family really enjoyed this book. I read it out loud to my children (ages 3, 5, 7, and 9). My boys (ages 5 and 9) listened to the most of it. They enjoyed the witty narrator, the burly pirates, the fighting, and the ending.

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Review: Les Miserables

Les Miserables
Les Miserables by Monica Kulling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a good retelling of the fantastic story of redemption and forgiveness that is Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables.” It got the main plot across so that children can understand and appreciate the stage show and the original book as they grow up.

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Summer Reading


We are wrapping up the bulk of our school year this week. We are finishing our math books and our language program, which will leave us with just science and history to complete. I am getting ready to tackle a stack of books that I otherwise have not been able to get to yet.

Part of the reason I have not read my goal of one or two books per month so far this year is that I have been trying to catch up on reading our magazines that we are subscribed to. We get WORLD Magazine, Salvo, Answers, Missouri Conservationist, and StLZoo. Thankfully three of those are quarterly, but WORLD comes every two weeks, so I can get behind if I don’t want to read to myself after all the reading with the children for school.

On my list are Root of All Evil? and An Advent for Religious Liberty by Ray Keating. I read his first novel in this series Warrior Monk a few months ago and really enjoyed it. Also on my list are Being Lutheran by A. Trevor Sutton, The Saving Truth: Doctrine for Laypeople by Kurt E. Marquart, Double Down by Gwenda Bond, and Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty by Charles Leerhsen. The latter two I have been waiting for from the library. Not sure in what order I will attempt to tackle these. That will probably depend on the library books, since they are new and others will be waiting for me to finish them.

Of course, I would also love to read some of the classics on our home shelf like Jane Eyre and The Count of Monte Cristo. What is on your reading list?image

Review: Moby-Dick

Moby-Dick by Kathleen Olmstead

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a well done abridgment. It had excitement and kept some of the biblical allusions. It had interesting explanations of the old whaling profession, but also showed Ishmael’s wonder and awe of the whales the Pequod encountered. This children’s version showed us Ahab’s obsession with Moby-Dick and the consequences of it.

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Review: Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables by Kathleen Olmstead

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a good abridgment of the original book. Of course, it cut many details to fit within 150 pages, but the main points of the story were all there. Anne’s character is still as lovable and spunky in this shortened version. Our children loved Anne and I’m sure they will love reading the full novel in the future.

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