The Captain’s Dog, by Roland Smith

This is the story of Lewis and Clark as told by Seaman, Captain Lewis’s Newfoundland dog who accompanied the Corps of Discovery on their epic journey to the Pacific Ocean in 1804-6. I’d seen this book before and was very intrigued. I love history. I’ve taught this subject several times for homeschool as each of … Continue reading The Captain’s Dog, by Roland Smith

Redwall, by Brian Jacques

(I just got home from 2 weeks without internet. I've been off the grid and out of touch, but I'm back and trying to catch up!) 🙂 I’m very late to this party. Before there was Harry Potter (90’s), there was Redwall (80’s). Where was I? I thought perhaps I had read this long ago, … Continue reading Redwall, by Brian Jacques

The Mosque Hill Fortune, by Vivienne Mathews

This is the tale of two otters, both sea captains, both strong and self-assured, both masters of their own crew. Marshall, son of the famous (and missing) relic hunter, is the darling of the Secoran navy, master of weaponry, loyal, honest, and stalwart. McKinley the Marauder, infamous pirate, quick on his feet, adaptable, brash, and … Continue reading The Mosque Hill Fortune, by Vivienne Mathews

The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo

This is an ebook I borrowed from the library over spring break. I only grabbed it because I figured the eight I packed wouldn’t be enough and I knew it had won the Newbery (2004). It happened to pop up when I was randomly browsing the library website. I wasn’t searching for it. It didn’t … Continue reading The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, 2012

Ivan has lived at the Exit 8 Big Top Circus Mall since he was a juvenile gorilla, just off I-95 and under the billboard lauding “The One and Only Ivan.”  His best friends include Stella, the aging elephant, Bob the stray dog, and Julia, the daughter of the janitor.  But the Big Top isn’t faring … Continue reading The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, 2012

The Island Stallion, by Walter Farley, 1948, Book Review

After rereading The Black Stallion a few weeks ago (read my review), I had to revisit my second favorite book by Mr. Farley. This is the first of a companion series, one I put off reading as a child because after cruising through a dozen books featuring the Black, my loyalties were firmly entrenched. I … Continue reading The Island Stallion, by Walter Farley, 1948, Book Review