Today, after school, we went to the half-priced book fair held in the school library. I sent the girls on ahead of me while I waited for Ethan. I had already informed them there would be no buying "trinkedy-dinkedies" as well call them around here. That is code for the pencils, erasers, pointy fingers, lip gloss, etc. that all stores try to get you to "add on." You know, what's another 50 cents or dollar? By sending the girls on ahead, they were to have their selections done so that we would only be waiting around for Ethan. I didn't have much hope in what they would pick, but thought maybe one book would pass the litmus test.
However, sometimes a mom can be pleasantly surprised! Sadie picked out two fantastic chapter books, including a book we had mentioned earlier that day, A Crooked Kind of Perfect, and a biography. The picture of legs and feet covered in toe socks sealed the deal on that book. Lily had one great book and one so-so dinky book. We replaced it with a Geronimo Stilton book and she was content. Ethan picked out two great chapter books, one is historical! We picked up a couple more books since it was a buy-one, get-one free sale and headed out the door. This is our summer reading. I have found that library books are often late in the summer due to travel and often not read. This system works like a charm for us. The entire process of purchasing was completely painless, no whining (well, slightly from Lily about that dinky book), it didn't take very long and we were out the door.
The ride home was precious. Each child was immersed in his/her book of choice. It was quiet and lovely. Later that afternoon, I was looking for Ethan and Sadie who seemed to have disappeared. I looked out the back window and there they were, lying on a blanket, reading their new books. Actually, Sadie was reading a book she began a couple of days ago. Either way...fantastic! The afternoon was so peaceful. Lily stayed on the sofa in the kitchen to read her book, which she finished! No arguments, no loud brain-reducing television, no issues. Jay arrived home from work early to find them reading on a blanket. I could see his smile from the kitchen window. I must remember this moment and make sure it is not the last one of its kind.
Here are the books the children selected:
Escape: Children of the Holocaust by Allan Zullo
The Hunter Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (the second book in the series)
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Miss Spitfire, Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Miller
A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
Ruby's Slippers by Tricia Rayburn
Piper Reed, Navy Brat by Christine Davenier
Best Friends in Fairyland by Daisy Meadows (already finished)
Pink Princess Rules the School by Alyssa Crowe
Weird Stores from the Lonesome Cafe by Judy Cox
The Karate Mouse by Geronimo Stilton (I think that is the author's name as well as the main character in the book)
I also picked up The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary and Flawed Dogs by Berkeley Breathed. I'll admit the funny looking dachshund on the cover prompted me to purchase latter of the two books. I am such a sucker for books.
I have a couple of book sales I want to attend this May, so hopefully, I can get some deals on historical books that cover the first historical period, our focus next year in homeschool.