Book Reviews

Treasure Island

Written for children and a complex but fast-moving read, this is a 3 on the 5-star Reading System “Fifteen men on the Dead Man’s Chest Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum!” Treasure Island Treasure Island has all of the most marvelous clichés of every Pirate story because it was the first, the original, the precursor of them all! With this rollicking and frightening tale, Robert Louis Stevenson invented the pirate story genre. Salty… Read More »Treasure Island

Little Women

A simpler read, Little Women is a 3 on my 5-Star Reading System *What is this?* Four sisters and their mother navigate the complexities of domestic life and battle with their own inner demons. With humor and pathos, they question the meaning of femininity, the relationships between men and women, the nature of love, and the harmony of family life. Jo, the protagonist, is a rebellious, impatient fifteen-year-old who, out of all the sisters, struggles… Read More »Little Women

The Little Prince

A simpler read, this is a 3 on my 5-Star Rating System* *What is this? The simple story of a little prince who lives alone on a tiny planet, no bigger than your backyard, but who treasures a universe in his love of a little rose. Not fully appreciating the treasure he has in his companion, he leaves his planet to seek out other parts of the universe, but in doing so, he may have… Read More »The Little Prince

The Tempest – A Gloriously Fun Shakespeare

I read this for probably the third time this past year. I was asking myself yesterday what my favorite Shakespeare is, and it feels like an impossible question to answer. But if I ask myself which one I read the most often… The Tempest wins!! I’ve read it before, and I’m sure I’ll read it many times again. What with Ariel and his cloven pine, Miranda seeing man for the first time, and the wonderfully… Read More »The Tempest – A Gloriously Fun Shakespeare

A Whole New World in the Hundred Acre Wood

(An add-on article for my original post: how to motivate children to read more and my 2018 reading list)I grew up on Winnie the Pooh. I watched the classic movies, of course, and also the late 90’s and early 2000’s TV shows on Disney Channel on Saturday mornings, but my fondest memories of Winnie the Pooh are of the nights before bed when my dad read the A.A. Milne books aloud. He would do all the… Read More »A Whole New World in the Hundred Acre Wood

A Brave New World I Never Knew

Brave New WorldIn January at the beginning of the year, I was staying with a friend in New Hampshire for a couple weeks and browsing her bookshelves. I caught site of A Brave New World, and asked her if she thought I’d like it. As both of us were liberal arts students who had attended the same college together, she was in utter astonishment that I had never read it before.“Will I like it?” I… Read More »A Brave New World I Never Knew