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June 06, 2008

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charlottesvillain

Awesome stuff. I'll have to get Black Arrow on our list.

I read the Hobbit to Wyatt about 18 months ago and he insisted we move on the entire Lord of the Rings, and so read it consecutively over the several months. He would sit on his top bunk riveted. I was amazed at his ability to follow the story despite some fairly advanced language and concepts. We'd already read the first three Harry Potters and the first four Narnias, so he had some points of reference.

He also enjoyed the Swiss Family Robinson, and over the winter we read My Side of the Mountain and its two sequels. MSOFM really captured his imagination, particularly all the foraging for wild plants and living in a tree. I highly recommend it if you haven't gotten to it.

The Kipling Jungle Books are also big favorites. We've read about half of them, but most of the Mowgli stories two or three times. When I'm traveling Laurel reads, and in recent months covered the Phantom Tollbooth and Watership Down, both to great reviews.

Tim Abbott

Thank you, David. There is certainly something of the Victorian or Edwardian in me, and I smile that you mention it. And a love of reading aloud runs deep in our family. It is a great gift for all of us.

David Corbett

Dear Berks. ,
You make fatherhood proud sir ! How many of us reading your blog wish that our fathers had taken the time to enrich our young minds . A noble, if seemingly unrewarded task worthy of a Victorian or Edwardian father.
cordially ,
David Corbett

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