This past week was the second meeting of our American history club so the kids had two new books to read. The girls read Kaya and Lone Dog by Janet Shaw. This is the fourth book in the series and it is subtitled “A Friendship Story.” In this book, the friendship Kaya makes is with a stray dog that has puppies. We did miss quite a bit of action by skipping two books in the series, but it wasn’t anything you didn’t pick up on during the book. Kaya is still working on making the right decisions, and we see her growth as a woman throughout the book. She has to make a difficult decision with Lone Dog, and she makes the right choice, even though it’s hard for her. Miss Adventure enjoyed reading the book.
The boys read The Journal of Jesse Smoke: A Cherokee Boy by Joseph Bruchac. It is part of the My Name is America series and is set in 1838 during the Trail of Tears. The story is told as a series of journal entries as the Cherokee in Tennessee are rounded up and sent out West. We learn a bit of the politics of the situation as well. The boys really enjoyed the story, partly because it was told from the point of view of someone close to their age. I did have to explain that Jesse Smoke wasn’t actually the author, and in fact never existed, although many of the people mentioned in the book are actual historical figures.
Last week was a short week so I didn’t want to start a new unit study. Instead, we did some work on the computer and I had them pick a poem to memorize. I had gotten the Poetry for Young People book of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow edited by Frances Schoonmaker and illustrated by Chad Wallace. Mr. Curiosity chose the first four stanzas of Haunted Houses while Miss Adventure chose Four by the Clock. The Poetry for Young People books are a great introduction to poetry and provide a short biography of the author.
And those are the books we used last week.
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