Projects: October Reading Selections

Our two eldest seemed to really enjoy the readings given them.  Squirelflight chose to do her project on “The Lady or the Tiger?” and A. did his work on “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”

We were supposed to meet last week, but our household came down with the flu, and weren’t able to make it to Seattle for our readers’ meeting.   Mystyrica told me that A. never does art projects, but he presented a poster with a collage for Walter Mitty and one of the scenes from the short story.  Squirelflight’s diorama showed her version of how she thought the story carried out–she answered the question “What did the princess choose?”  (Although her own choice was quite different when we discussed the story.)

After a presentation of projects, we went through each story and briefly touched on interpretations of the stories, asked each other questions, and discussed themes both within individual selections and across the group for the month.

At the end of our meeting, I gave them their new reading selections for October:

With Samhain (pronounced Sow-en in Gaelic, Sa-vin in Scottish Gaelic), or Halloween, coming up, I included those with darker imagery (Poe, Irving, Ellison), including the dark view of crossing Pan and any woodland god, as seen in “The Music on the Hill.”  However, not wanting to leave them with too much of a fright, I also added the Hardy poem and Gaiman’s famous short to bring a bit of lightheartedness to the mix.  At least I hope they do.  😉

For a special treat, send your little ones (or yourself) over to read several chapters of Catherynne M. Valente’s newest book coming out in May: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.  The last chapter was removed in anticipation of its publication, so for those of us not lucky enough to catch it, we’ll have to hold our breaths until May.  Also, if you’d like a little musical treat to go with your reading, visit S.J. Tucker’s site and listen to her song “September’s Rhyme” inspired by Valente’s new book.  (S.J. Tucker’s CDs “For The Girl in the Garden” and “Solace and Sorrow” are also direct musical interpretations of Valente’s Orphan’s Tales books.)

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