What would you wish for if you could have a wish a day? Five Children and It by E. Nesbit is about five children who find a sand fairy and tells what goes wrong with all the wishes they make. I listened to this as an audio book and I was entertained. Every wish the children made seemed to turn wrong on them. There is plenty of suspense as the reader wonders how the children are going to get out of the scraps that their wishes put them in.
The story gave some important lessons about being careful what you wish for (to be cliche) and also the dangers of wanting the material things in life. The children learn that what is really important is their family, just the way it is. The children grow wiser with every wish and are better for having met the straight-talking sand fairy.
I was surprised to find out that this book was published in 1905. Even a hundred years later, the lessons learned by the children can apply to those of today, especially regarding the desires for things and money and beauty. I recommend this for an entertaining read.
Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou is the first book by Maya Angelou that I have ever read. I am not a big poetry reader so I have never really picked up her books. However, this is a partial memoir by Angelou that tells of her relationship with her mother and the things she learned.
When I started reading, the voice quickly brought me into the work. It reads like fiction. I kept thinking, fact is stranger than fiction. The things that happened to the author seem like something straight out of a fictional family saga.
I learned some about the author that I didn’t know. I was inspired by her mother’s strength and flaws. We all make mistakes, but we do not have to let them get us down. We all have something we want to achieve in life and there is no reason we can’t go after it AND attain it.
I enjoyed this book and I will look into Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
I recommend this book.
Candy and the Cankersaur Rex by Jason Sandberg
For those who enjoyed Danny and the Dinosaur stories, this cute little picture book is for you.
Candy’s father works all the time, but he can still see that his little girl is sad. So what does he do? He buys her a Cankersaurus Rex for a pet. Candy tries her best to teach her baby dinosaur how to play properly. Cank has some learning to do in this funny little story.
The pictures are simple and colorful. Cank’s expression is too funny. My 7 year old was able to read it alone and she enjoyed the pictures.
I recommend this picture book for a fun read with a few good lessons mixed in.