Monday, August 11, 2008

Self-Ed 8/11/08

Read this week:
Anne's House of Dreams (completed)
Anne of Avonlea (in progress)
Understood Betsy (completed)

Comments: I needed a break from Anne this week. I don't know why I had never heard of Understood Betsy before. This is a great book, one that I think more people should read. It is a great commentary on "modern" (the book was written in 1916) society, and modern child psychology in particular. Dorothy Fisher was a proponent of the Montessori method of education, and was one of the first (if not the first?) to bring Montessori to the United States. I think my mom, especially, would like it.

Robinson Crusoe (completed)
Brave New World (in progress)

I thoroughly enjoyed Robinson Crusoe. I found some of the grammar and sentence structure difficult to understand, but...I survived anyways. I preferred the parts where he was still on his island. I found the post-marooned settling of accounts portion of the book to be extremely boring, but maybe I'm just vapid like that or something.

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  • Smockity Frocks

    We LOVE Understood Betsy, too!

  • Ewokgirl

    I've never heard of Understood Betsy. I'll have to look that one up.

    I'm anxious to hear your thoughts on Brave New World. I haven't read this one, but I keep meaning to.

    I'm reading my first Jack London book right now. Well, I'm actually listening to it, but I still consider that reading of a sort. It's The Valley of the Moon. I don't think it's considered a classic like The Call of the Wild, but I'm enjoying it immensely.

    I'm really enjoying reading your book reviews and updates!

  • Thehotrod5

    Sounds like we need to add Understood Betsy to our list! I am still in Persuasion but I must admit that the Olympics have me off track this week :)The kiddos are also on some new books this week...dd (8) is reading The Black Stallion and ds(6) is reading a childrens version of Swiss family robinson. He is absolutely DEVOURING that book!

    Thanks for the reviews!

  • Smockity Frocks

    Have either of you read the Dinotopia books? My 11 yr. old son checked them out of the "young adult" section at the library. The librarian said they may have been placed in that section because of profanity or adult situations. Other than that, she didn't know anything about them. I've been meaning to read them before he gets his hands on them, but he's getting anxious and I haven't even started on the first one yet!

  • JunkMale

    I am flying through Brave New World. I started it yesterday and am more than half finished. Harmony wishes for me to post some detailed comments on it.


    If I have read them, it's been so long that I don't remember anything about them. From reading the descriptions on Wikipedia, they don't seem like they would be that inappropriate. But, it is Wikipedia, and it is just a summary. And you are the parent, not me.

    But I would beseech thee to preview them soon, for your son's sake! They seem like books I would've wanted to read when I was younger.

  • Harmony's Mom

    Do you have Understood Betsy or do I need to get it from the library?