Five Books That I Can't Wait to Read to My Son
My son is just on the cusp of having enough patience to listen to chapter books, read aloud over many nights. Much to my surprise, he loved The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe -- so much so that we read it twice -- but we got bogged down somewhere around the everlasting gum in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But I'll keep suggesting stories (and trying not to force any down his throat). Here's a list of books I hope he'll want to try soon:
Where the Red Ferns Grow, by Wilson Rawls. Mrs. Wiggins read this story -- about a boy and his two coonhounds -- to my fourth-grade class. There is no pathos like a class full of 9-year-olds -- plus the teacher -- sobbing their hearts out over the fate of those poor dogs. One of the most searing reading experiences of my young life.
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The little fellow proves to have more courage (and sneakiness) than the hardiest of warriors. What could be more inspiring to a small boy!
James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl. We didn't finish another of Dahl's classics, but this one has a giant ladybug, a giant grasshopper and a giant centipede. To certain little boys, this may be more appealing than rivers of chocolate.
The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame. I've never read this. Can you believe it?
The Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. How else will he learn how syrup gets made or that a panther can chase a man on a horse?
What have you enjoyed reading aloud to your kids?
-- Rachel Hartigan Shea
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