Edward Lear was born on this day in 1812. In case you didn’t know, he’s the writer of what has been called “the nation’s favourite poem”, The Owl and the Pussycat. (I presume in this case “the nation” in question is England, rather than the UK, as I can’t imagine that the Scots would choose Lear over Burns, or the Welsh rate him ahead of Dylan Thomas, but that’s another matter).
I was motivated to write a review of this book because it was recommended so enthusiastically by my 12YO daughter. She’s recently read it at school, and enjoyed it so much she persuaded me to order it on Amazon so she could have her own copy. The cover design , with the menacing image of a bar code overlaid on a human eye, hints darkly at a dystopian tale of a population under the thumb of a totalitarian government.
I’ve been rediscovering Enid Blyton’s Famous Five stories lately, as 6YO has developed a sudden enthusiasm for them. So how well have these 70 year old stories with their much-derided ‘lashings of ginger beer’ stood the test of time? And how does Enid Blyton compare with more modern authors?
One of the best bits of parenting is introducing your kids to toys, books or games you loved when you were their age. And, obviously, when they start liking them too – it’s a bit rubbish when you share your treasured favourites and the little darlings just sneer in contempt, which does also happen. Continue reading
I thought it might be interesting to start a new topic, and share my thoughts on some of the books my girls have been enjoying lately. We all bring different strengths and weaknesses to this parenting game, and reading bedtime stories is definitely my speciality. I’m not great at playing games or teaching them stuff, but one thing I’ve done without fail since both of them were babies is a nightly bedtime story.
4YO recently noticed that big sister’s books contained something mysterious called “chapters”. Continue reading