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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Read Aloud Thursday - Margaret Brown

Read-Aloud Thursday at Hope Is the WordIn keeping with our Margaret Brown theme this week, here are a few additional titles of her that we read through.

(I don't know if you can see it from this image, but the cover art has the price printed on the top right hand corner. $0.89 for a brand new Golden Book. Oh glorious thought, hmm?)

Mister Dog seems to stick in Bookworm1's mind for some reason. He has referenced it a few times in conversations since reading it.

It tells the story of The Dog Who Belonged to Himself. In other words, he has no master and no set of rules he must follow. He lives in his own house, sleeps in his own bed, goes where he wants and when he wants and is generally autonomous. One day he meets a boy who belongs to himself and invites the boy to come and stay in the house with him - which the boy agrees to.

Personally, I find the story rather odd and walked away feeling like it subtly argues against authority figures by making something seem fun that actually isn't. Can't say it's a favorite but apparently Bookworm1 enjoyed it.

Big Red Barn was enjoyed by all, and I didn't notice until afterward that this newly illustrated edition is illustrated by none other than Felicia Bond! Therefore you may safely assume that mommy, in particular, enjoyed the pictures! This book is simple enough, giving the reader a tour of the barn yard and introduction to all of the animals. You get to mimic a bunch of barnyard animal sounds and it's all good fun.

We highly recommend this one.

The Good Little Bad Little Pig is rather fun to read outloud. It's just fun to say goodlittlebadlittlepig really fast over and over again. I thought it gave the story a rhyming feel to it, but it confused Bookworm1 a great deal and I had to explain what it meant a few times. He still looked at the book curiously as if he didn't really understand.

The crux of the story is this: there is a little boy who wants a pet pig. He doesn't want a pig that is altogether good, nor does he want a pig that is altogether bad. He wants him to be both a little good and a little bad all at the same time. If you think about it, that's a highly reasonable request of a pet! As you might surmise, he does indeed receive his requested pet pig and the pig fits the bill. He is both bad and good. And did I mention you get to repeat the phrase goodlittlebadlittlepig quite often?

It's cute.

I suppose we're a mixed bag for this Read Aloud Thursday in terms of our feelings towards the books we picked up. Ahh, but it is what it is.

Curious to see what everyone else is reading aloud this week! Visit Hope is in the Word to discover who and what else is being read!


  1. what a neat vintage book. :)

    We've read the Big Red Barn but not the other 2 will have to check them out.

  2. Ah, we LOVE Big Red Barn!!! It has made an appearance on my blog before:


    I haven't seen the other two MWB books before, though. She was prolific, wasn't she?!?

  3. Reading over your thoughts on various MWB books, I think I have had a similar experience with her. Some I love, some not so much. I also love the Big Red Barn. We have it in board book format and it's been a favorite with each child at a certain age.

  4. The Ahlbergs have a book, Bye Bye Baby, about a baby who lives by himself but actively goes in search of a mummy. Maybe that one will please both you and Bookworm1, since it has the excitement of a kid managing on its own and the preference for a family.

    Or maybe you've already read it -- that was an A book, and you are on the Bs!