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Thursday, May 14, 2009

My Father's Dragon

I was so excited that Ammon finished his literature lapbook. I couldn't wait to post pics for everyone. Oh, wait there are no pictures. He went and lost it before I got a picture! That turkey. Anyway, we lapbooked MyFather's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett. What a cute little book. It is so challenging to find books for his level--either they are not challenging or too difficult, too short or too long. This one was perfect. It has short little chapters that he read out loud everyday. It had new vocabulary (it was written in 1948, so the vocabulary was probably not new to kids at that time), but it was not difficult. It is about a boy that runs away to Wild Island to save a dragon that is forced to work for the animals. Along the way he meets all the animals and has to help or trick them to get away. I definitely would recommend it as a read aloud to a family with young (about 5-8 years old) children. Ammon also had to look about real facts about the animals from the book. I wish I would have known about it when Tristian was that age! Now the challenge of finding him another book. Don't get me wrong, he loves to read, but I have had enough of The Magic Treehouse. I need to have one in my hot little hands by Tuesday. If he finds his lapbook, I will post pics of it. It must be here or at Grandma's house...

Oh, and a plug for Tristian. He is doing awesome on his history papers. Ask him about Genghis Khan or Marco Polo!

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