Tuesday, November 9, 2010
This year is our first official year homeschooling and I have been a little overwhelmed with curriculum & planning so I have not read any grown-up books this fall. We chose a literature based curriculum (Sonlight) since my son loves to read and so we have read several books together including Charlotte's Web, Mr. Popper's Penguins & Homer Price.
Even with a literature based curriculum my son, Connor, still does not have enough to read (He is a bookworm!) and so we have been supplementing with books from the library.
One of my favorite books we have read is Paddle to the Sea. When I was a child, my fourth grade teacher Mrs. Wilkinson read this book to our class and I absolutely loved it! I wanted to read it to Connor but I couldn't remember the title or author of the book. I did a search on Swagbucks for "children's book wooden indian canoe great lakes" and Paddle to the Sea was in the results. I knew it was the right book as soon as I saw the cover!
This is a wonderful story about an Indian boy that carves a wooden Indian in a canoe and names him Paddle to the Sea. He then sends him off to travel through the Great Lakes to the sea. The book not only has a great story but is also a Great Lakes geography lesson. The chapters are short and inlcudes beautiful illustrations and a map of Paddle to the Sea's journey. Kids of all ages would enjoy this book.