What We Are Reading
The surprise win of the week is Sparrow Girl. It is a surprise because Froggy was reluctant and kept relegating this one to the back burner. It is also a surprise win given how sad and depressing most of the story is. Dead birds falling from the sky is not at all what I expected when I requested this book from the library. I chose it because we are reading about Bully Sparrow in The Burgess Bird Book for Children. Both Froggy and I were surprised by the author's note at the end to discover that the events in the book really did take place. At first Froggy thought it had happened in Ancient Times. When I explained to her that she actually knew people who were alive when it happened, it gave her a sense of perspective. We also added the date to our Book of Centuries further clarifying the time line. Froggy has been carrying the book around and reading it everyday since its inaugural episode.
We are also still very much enjoying our adventures with the Penderwick sisters. We are currently reading the second book, in which the widower father begins dating. It has led to some interesting discussions. Luckily Batty (the youngest Penderwick) is only 4 so the language and explanations have to include her and therefore Froggy.