Sunday, March 24, 2013

Tumtum and Nutmeg

Hidden in the broom cupboard of Rose Cottage are two grand gates that lead to the loveliest little house you’ve ever seen. Nutmouse Hall.
Shh, don’t tell anyone, this is the home of Tumtum and Nutmeg…

Thanks to a teacher tip, I discovered Tumtum and Nutmeg.  These are awesome and charming stories for boys and girls.  You are never too old or too young for stories like these.  I bought an Apple App. version of the first book in the series.  Currently reading aloud to my twelve-year-old daughter; what a great way to stay connected.

About the author: Emily Bearn grew up in London, and started out in journalism at the age of 20 when she joined Harpers & Queen magazine. She has since worked for The Times and The Sunday Telegraph, where she spent eight years as a feature writer. She and her daughter live in Hammersmith, and share their house with two (very helpful) mice.

To learn more about Tumtum and Nutmeg, click here.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Judy Blume; Not Just For Girls

From Chicagoland, a mother recommends, the Fudge series by Judy Blume. She says, "My 4th grader LOVED them. He is dyslexic but, like most dyslexics, loves good narrative.  And Judy Blume…not just for girls.  Peter Hatcher – in the Fudge books – is a 5th grade boy. Themes are sophisticated, real, funny.  My son laughed his head off."

Click here for more on Judy Blume.