Read-Alouds E - 5 Day

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Age Range: 10-13
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This collection of fifteen books is included in History / Bible / Literature E. If you don't need notes or a schedule, but are just looking for some excellent supplemental reading to share with your children, this superb collection is for you!

Across Five Aprils is absolutely unique in children's literature: It focuses on the western front during the five Aprils of the Civil War. (Did you even know that there was a western front?) Seen through the lens of one family's experiences, one of the most powerful scenes occurs when two brothers decide, both according to conscience, which side they must fight for—and they pick opposite sides. I love that this introduces nuance into what sometimes is a very cut-and-dried narrative of South = bad, North = good. Real history, like real people, and real problems, is far more complex than that.

The Great Turkey Walk tells of how a young man walked 1000 turkeys from Missouri to Denver in 1860. This sounds wildly improbable, but is based on actual drives. (Proving once again that, yes, fact is stranger than fiction.)

There's a book about the common New England practice of making maple syrup, and the almost superhuman attempt to build the first enormous Ferris Wheel at the Chicago World's Fair.

These books include good topics for discussion, such as racism in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (described as "life-changing"); shell-shock; the Great Depression; the challenges of immigration. You'll read funny books (General Butterfingers is literally laugh out loud funny), and poignant books (Little Britches will touch you deeply).

A wonderful, wonderful collection of reading.

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  • The Winged Watchman
    An historically accurate portrait of family life in the polders and among the windmills in Holland during the last years of Nazi occupation during WWII . . . and the months after, as families began to...
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  • The Great Turkey Walk
    "Git along, little . . . turkeys"? Yep! In 1860, a fifteen-year-old boy attempts to herd one thousand turkeys from Missouri to Denver, Colorado, in hopes of selling them at a profit.
    Retail: $8.99
  • Across Five Aprils
    The powerful story of a young man for whom the Civil War spans five Aprils.
    Retail: $6.99
  • Caddie Woodlawn
    The adventures of eleven-year-old Caddie growing up with her six brothers and sisters in the Wild West frontiers of Wisconsin in the late 1800s.
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  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
    Award winner set in the post-Civil War South.
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  • Miracles on Maple Hill
    A heartwarming Newbery Medal winner. Dad has returned from World War II a changed man: withdrawn, touchy, unable to work. The family moves back to the family farm where dad gets the healing he needs.
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  • Little Britches
    Ralph is barely 8 years old when his family moves to Colorado for the sake of Dad's health, and the family tries to make a go of it on the ranch. Classic true story of ranching in Colorado in the early...
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  • The Great Wheel
    Engrossing story about the first—and largest—Ferris Wheel ever built. Told by one of the workers who built it.
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  • King of the Mound
    When Nick is released from the hospital after suffering from polio, he's sure his father will never look at him in the same way again. Once the best pitcher in youth league, Nick now walks with a limp...
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  • General Butterfingers
    Eleven-year-old Walter can't believe his eyes when he sees the eviction notice from Ralph, the rotten nephew of his old friend, General Britt. It isn't so bad for Walter and his mother, who also lives...
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  • A Summer of Sundays
    Eland. Middle child Sunday Fowler is too young for her sisters and too old for her brothers. How can she stand out in such a large family? Her opportunity comes when the family moves to a small town so...
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  • Every Soul a Star
    Mass. Three narrators: a cheerful girl who lives at an astronomy camp, a girl who wants only to be beautiful and popular, and a chubby boy who ignores school. They unexpectedly converge at an event for...
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  • How to Eat a Poem
    Seventy charming poems cover a wide range of subjects: poetry, books, words, and imagination; the beauty of the natural world; travel, adventure, sports, and play; love, friendship, sadness, hope, and...
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  • A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt
    When the bank forecloses on her family's home during the Great Depression, 11-year-old Margo Bandini writes to Eleanor Roosevelt for help.
    Retail: $5.99
  • In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
    In 1947, a Chinese girl comes to Brooklyn, where she starts to feel at home and to make friends.
    Retail: $6.99
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