Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Betsy: You got what kind of bacteria on my Ravenclaw shirt?!
Anne: It's nothing deadly....
Betsy: Mom, she wore my Ravenclaw shirt to the lab.
Anne: ... and it's not a stain or anything. It might not have even landed on the shirt. I just saw a drop go flying....
Reading with Ramona:
The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies, for one of her book clubs. We enjoyed it BUT we want the world to know that the book has a BIG Charlotte's Web spoiler. If you have a child who hasn't read the marvelous-wonderful-splendid Charlotte's Web, don't let them read this book. Ramona and I have spoken.
The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry -- in progess. We've just begun, so can't say much yet.
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo -- also in progress. This one is depressing Ramona. She calls it part of "the Island of the Blue Dolphins vicious cycle syndrome -- I want to find out what happens and it's an engaging story, but it depresses me to read it." Betsy has assured her it has a happy ending -- "ending" being the operative word.
Reading on her own: anything and everything Andrew Clements. His Frindle may be one of my favorite books of all time. The one she's reading now -- The School Story -- inspired her to suggest that she and I write a novel together.
Atticus: What do you think of that play?
Anne-with-an-e (who is reading Richard III): Well, basically Richard is trying to kill everyone so that he can be king. And he's doing it sneakily.
Atticus: That pretty much sums it up.
I am going to prom with Atticus. (Ah, the extracurricular duties of teachers.)
Last year I didn't go with him because I had to be out of town.
"Hey, this year," he said, "I'll have a date. I won't have to bring a Graham Greene book."
"You didn't read during the prom last year," I said. "You had to talk to people."
"Well, I didn't get to use it, but I had the book in my jacket pocket."
Anne-with-an-e looked at us with a frown on her face. "Had to talk to people? What is wrong with this family?"
Oh, plenty, my dear. We've just scratched the surface.