As a member of the Homeschool Review Crew, I was given the opportunity to review some of these books. Rachel was excited to receive three books from the Carole P. Roman books and collections.
The first book she read was If You Were Me and Lived in France: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World. We have been talking about starting French lessons so she was excited to learn a little bit about the culture and history of France.
Rachel is nine years old and she is a good reader. Although this book was written for younger readers it still introduced her to cultural and historical aspects of France that she did not know. We took some of the information mentioned in the book and did further research on them such as Bastille Day and City of Lights as a nickname for Paris.
The next book Rachel read was Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag. This book is a chapter book and closer to her reading level. It is a story about a third grader named Susannah who doesn't want to deal with the little daily challenges that come up in life. Instead, she just shoves them all into her bag until it bursts. She eventually realizes that it would have been better to deal with each problem as it came up instead of letting them just continue to build up. She also learned that it is important to ask for help when you feel overwhelmed and don't know what to do.
Rachel chuckled as she read this book. She said, "Susannah is just like me! She piles everything in her backpack and doesn't want to take care of it because it seems too stressful to her. It's like me with putting up my clean clothes. There are just a few pieces of clothes one day but I don't want to put them away. Then more clothes pile up and I just can't hang all of that up. It's too much. So I shove them all in the back of my closet so I don't have to deal with them."
Yes, that is a real problem we are working on. But hopefully reading this book helped Rachel to realize that it is much easier to tackle a task when it is small and not let that pile of clothes get so high that it becomes unmanageable.
Rachel enjoyed this book so much that when she had finished she grabbed up the second book in the Oh Susannah series and started reading it right away.
This book is called Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump. In this story Susannah is afraid to go to her best friend's house for a sleepover because her friend lives in an old creaky house. She is afraid of the spiders there and she thinks there is a ghost living in the house.
Susannah realizes that everyone has unique fears and that fear often about how one interprets the things around them. One person might love unicorns and think they are beautiful while someone else who is blind might be terrified of them because of a fear of getting injured by their horn. But as Susannah learns, sometimes are fears are unwarranted and facing them can sometimes lead to exciting surprises.
These are three great books for children. The Oh Susannah series was a quick and fun read for Rachel and she is hoping that Ms. Roman will write more books about Susannah.
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