Great Books for Grandmoms and Moms to Share
I love to read. I know that a large reason I love books is because my mom was a reading teacher and an avid reader herself. My grandmother read me Briar Rabbit stories and Ferdinand the Bull over and over again and then she read the same stories to my younger brother and cousins. The teacher in me believes in the power of reading and knows that it unlocks the doors of our imaginations. A good reader is most often a good student.
I can’t think of a better way to bond with children than through reading. So today I’m beginning what I hope will be the first of many columns about books. Most of the time I will write about books for children, but occasionally I will review adult books for moms and grandmothers. (I am currently reading Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah and loving it!)
I’m starting this book review with one of my all time favorites.
I came across this book at a book fair in Frankfort, Kentucky. The author was there signing copies ( a really nice guy and former park ranger). I got a copy for our twin boys who were then about nine years old and I’ve been reading it to children every since. I read it to my nephews, my granddaughter and when I am invited to read at schools to children, I often choose this book to take with me.
Why? Because it’s a book I can really relate to. It’s about a little girl who grows up around farmers (like I did) whose father has a cow who always jumps the fence and gets into trouble (my dad had cows just like this). The descriptions of the farm, the farmers and their antics while chasing the ornery cow are funny and so real I think I was there when this happened.
The book is appropriate for ages 4 and up, a little too long for toddlers. As far as an age limit on how old is too old to read it…well, I am 53 and still enjoying it!
Let me know if you enjoy book reviews. I look forward to hearing from you! Teresa