Friday, 26 August 2016

Books We Love

In a previous post, I mentioned that J has been so fascinated with a series of books that he has been requesting to visit the library more than once a week. Here is the series unveiled:

The Boxcar Children Mystery Series
The Boxcar children were created by Gertrude Chandler Warner, with the first book published in 1924. Warner herself wrote 19 books, and subsequently different authors have added to the collection, which now amasses more than 200 books. The NLB is well-stocked with books from this series and J reads about eight of them a week.

The Boxcar children are four siblings - Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny. Henry is the oldest at fourteen (he was thirteen in the first book) and takes on the role of looking out for his siblings responsibly. Benny is the youngest. At six years old, he is adorable, always hungry and contributes to the group with his sharp observational skills. The children's parents died in a car accident and they were supposed to live with their grandfather. However, they did not have a good impression of their grandfather and ran away. They found a home in a box car, hence their name. Eventually, their grandfather located them and they found that their view of him was erroneous. In subsequent stories, Grandfather is featured as a doting grandparent who sometimes helps them in solving the mysteries that come their way.

The plots of the books are simple, but I love how the characters demonstrate good moral values and care for one another. The language use is also wholesome, unlike some contemporary literature. Hope you'll enjoy these books as much as J and I do.

Another book series that J enjoys is the Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. Characters from different fairy tales congregate in this series of books. J found it amusing that the two "thieves" Goldilocks and Jack (from the beanstalk) were wedded in Book Three and he has memorised Mother Goose's questions to them during the solemnisation. I think the writer who is only in his twenties has a vivid imagination and inspires his readers to think creatively as well. Disclaimer: After reading snippets of book 4, I discovered that some parts could be quite dark. The fairy godmother's son Llyod was rude and insolent to her. Do read it yourself before deciding if you would like your child to be exposed to these books.


The last series of books that J has stuck his nose into is the Storey Treehouse series. These books have many pictures but I like them as I think the authors are very creative. The treehouse has a secret underground laboratory, a man-eating shark tank, a bowling alley and a see-through swimming pool, just to name a few. Inspired by the series, J wrote a 64-word story and said his next story would have 128 words!


All three series of books can be found at the NLB libraries, speaking of which has a Book Bugs initiative that J is very excited about. When you show your receipt proving that you have borrowed eight books during the weekends, you can obtain a book bug (which is a game card) from a designated counter at any NLB library. If you participate in an NLB activity or complete an activity sheet, you will get a silver card.


Enjoy!

Here are previous posts on books for primary schoolers:
1) Murderous Maths
2) Twisted Fairy Tales
3) A good mix of books

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