Read this week:
The Story of Doctor Dolittle (complete)
Anne of Avonlea (in progress)
Comments: Doctor Dolittle was such a cute book, a bit quirky, but that's OK. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I'd read it as a child, though. I continue to plod through Anne of Avonlea. I might take another Anne break this week, too. I really don't know what the deal is. I thought I liked AoA last time I read it....
Call of the Wild (complete)
Treasure Island (in progress)
The phrase "call of the wild" has passed into our vernacular, but now I have finally read the book. It was a good read, and short (although those two do not necessarily go together). Animal books are much more enjoyable now that we have an animal of our own (Luna), dog books especially so. I find that this passage applies to Luna:
Sometimes he pursued the call into the forest, looking for it as though it were a tangible thing, barking softly or defiantly, as the mood might dictate. He would thrust his nose into the cool wood moss, or into the black soil where long grasses grew, and snort with joy at the fat earth smells; or he would crouch for hours, as if in concealment, behind fungus- covered trunks of fallen trees, wide-eyed and wide-eared to all that moved and sounded about him.
I have added emphasis, and it's true that Luna always looks very happy and exhilarated after having dug and snorted in the dirt. Sometimes Luna scratches to go outside, even when all she wants to do is bask in the sun and dirt. If we let her go beyond the backyard fence, she would have lots of fun exploring and romping around the woody hill. She hears the call too ;)