Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Using Your Head

A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban (Ages 4-8) 1970

I loved this story, although, I have to admit I was a bit hesitant as I was reading it to my children for the first time.  I couldn't believe the conniving tactics that Frances' friend was using to swindle her out of her money that she was saving up for a tea set.

I was relieved as Frances thought of her own plan to set the record straight while saving the friendship.

My three are a bit young to understand the concept of the story, but they enjoyed the thought of a tea set.  :)

Question for you though.  Do you pre-read/screen stories before reading them to your children?  I'm giving it thought now since this story and am curious what other parents do.

Happy Reading!


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Booking Through Thursday - Authors Talking

Do you read any author's blogs?  If so, are you looking for information on their next project?  On the author personally?  Something else?

Go here if you'd like to join this week's topic of conversation.  You can link your own post or join just in comments.

Well, when I read this weeks meme, I first thought, "No", but then I remembered a newly published author that I've been keeping tabs on.  I'm reading her first novel now, "Around the World in 80 Dates"  and am looking forward to the next.

I'm just about as good with knowing authors of books as I am at remembering or knowing singers/bands of songs or details of movies.  There are, of course, some that I know, but even some of my favorites leave me blank when I try to bring them up in conversation - so I don't, usually.  Trivia, forget it.

What about you?  Do you read author's blog to get more info on them personally, their work or something else?

Happy Reading!!


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Booking Through Thursday - Too Much Information?

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"Have you ever been put off an author’s books after reading a biography of them? Or the reverse - a biography has made you love an author more?"

Since I haven't necessarily read a biography on any authors I've read, I guess I really can't answer this Booking Through Thursday question of the week.  Of course, I'll read the backside of the book that has a snippet of the author or I may catch an interview on T.V., but that is about it.  Either way, I don't feel it influences to read or not to read their works.  **I do have one exception to this..  I recently learned that a girlfriend from high school has published two novels and is working on her third.  Well, of course, I have to read 'em!!  I'll be starting the first one tonight.

When I enjoy a book, I tend to look up other work by the same other and read those as well.  I also like to get recommendations from friends or other readers to broaden my range or dive into something that I wouldn't normally.

How about you?  Does learning or knowing more about an author make you want to read more or less work by an author?

Happy Reading!

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