Classic novels by Louisa May Alcott
I am the type of Mom that reads out loud to my girls at meal times. I also read out loud while we are driving, as I am the only one who can do so without suffering the queasy consequences. I'm not exactly sure when that habit formed, but it has. Most often it's those meals when Daddy is not at home and to be honest, when I am finished eating and my mind is turning to things other than what is sitting before me. So, I started to read books of their choice out loud.
The latest book is "Good Wives" by Louisa May Alcott. We had read "Little Women" and then watched the movie version with Winona Ryder...it actually covers the Good Wives book as well. We were a little confused and had thought they made up a different ending. So now we are reading the rest of the books and always have fun comparing the movie to the book. These are books that my older girls could easily read on their own, but we do enjoy reading together. This way, when more classic terminology comes up, it can be easily explained.
Most often we don't watch the movie version until we've had the pleasure of reading the book and forming our own mental pictures beforehand. We love the freedom to imagine each character as we like.
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