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Grilling and Reading




In 2005, the Kellys invited the Jahnkes over for pork chops on the grill. But there was one stipulation - each person was to bring a list of their 5 favorite books to share. It was fun!  I remember helping the littles prepare their choices.  With great foresight, Mr. Jahnke actually saved the list and recently shared it with me.  Here are my children’s selections:

Son (16)
-Les Miserables by Hugo
-A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens
-That Hideous Strength by Lewis
-Til We Have Faces by Lewis
-The Three Musketeers by Dumas

Son (14)
-The Story of WWII by Leckie
-The Fortunes of Captain Blood by Sabatini
-Big Red by Kjellgard
-Black Hearts in Battersea by Aiken
-Periscope Up by White

Daughter (8)
-Bobbsey Twins series by Hope
-Laura Ingall’s Wilder Books
-Owls in the Family by Mowat
- Melendy Quartet by Enright
- Betsy books by Haywood

Son (6)
-Cowboy Sam by Lenski
-Chronicles of Narnia by Lewis
-Aesop’s Fables
-Maze books

Daughter (4)
-If you Give a Mouse a Cookie by Numeroff
-Maze books
-Beatrix Potter books
-Unc’ Billy Possum by Burgess

Daughter (2)
-It Must Be Magic – (mommy’s poetry book from her childhood – Hallmark)
-Nursery Rhyme Books
-Ricka, Flicka, Dicka Bake a Cake by Lindman
-Snipp, Snapp, Snurr Go Swimming by Lindman

I don’t know what my husband’s choices were.  Here are mine:
-A Severe Mercy by VanAuken
-Girl Meets God by Winner
-Expecting Adam by Beck
-Sir Gibbie by MacDonald
-Homeschooling for Excellence by Colfax

This list gives such a fascinating snapshot into our lives and personalities at that time.  Hmmmmm.  Maybe we will do this again soon and I’ll share an updated list!

Admiration, Hope and Love!

Nancy

8 comments:

  1. What fun lists! We have a family we could do this with. It might be just the excuse we need to set a date to get together.

    What did you think of Homeschooling for Excellence?

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    1. Dear Beth,
      Oh, dear. Well, it had been about 10 years since I had read it at that point...so what I remember is that I felt like "Hey, these people educated their children in an unconventional way and they turned out okay - so I can too!" Since I no longer recommend it, and haven't for a decade, I'm not sure what I would think about it today! It was one of those first books I read about homeschooling. Do you have an opinion on it?
      Warmly,
      Nancy

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    2. I do not! I had not heard of it, in fact. If you thought I should read it, I would, but you don't, so I won't. :-)

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  2. Oh, and Isaac and I just read Owls in the Family. What a fabulous, fun book!

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  3. I love this! Although we have never done anything like this with a group, we have always kept a record of what each child has read. It's fun to look back on these lists.

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  4. Nancy, I love this idea! Thanks for sharing :)

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