Texas History: A Brief Tour

Posted by Sherry on 4/27/2017 in Children's Fiction, General, Texas, Texas Tuesday |

A couple of homeschool moms asked me to put together a reading list for Texas history so that they could do a (brief) literature-based Texas history unit. Well, the list grew a little longer than the request, but here are a few not-to-be-missed gems for children and adults who are making their way through Texas’s […]


Rajpur: Last of the Bengal Tigers by Robert McClung

Posted by Sherry on 3/20/2017 in Nonfiction, Nonfiction Monday |

New in the library, but published in 1982, Rajpur tells the story of a Bengal tiger, born in the forests of southern Nepal and later orphaned when hunters kill both his father and his mother. Rajpur’s sister, Rani, dies of weakness caused by an infection, and Rajpur must hunt and survive alone. The hallmarks of […]


Rocks in his Head by Carol Otis Hurst

Posted by Sherry on 2/27/2017 in Biography/Memoir, General, Nonfiction, Nonfiction Monday |

I’ve seen this picture book biography recommended on several lists of “living books”, particularly living science books, and I agree that it’s a beautiful and inspiring story. The author’s father, who is never actually named in the text, was a collector of rocks. But more than a collector, he was a student and archivist who […]


Texas Yankee by Nina Brown Baker

Posted by Sherry on 1/24/2017 in Biography/Memoir, Texas Tuesday |

Texas Tuesday: Texas Yankee; The Story of Gail Borden by Nina Brown Baker. Benito Juarez, Peter the Great, Simon Bolivar, F.W. Woolworth, America Vespucci, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Nellie Bly are a few of the other celebrities and historical figures that Nina Brown Baker wrote about in her prolific career as a children’s biographer. Texas […]


Projects, Plans, and Themes for 2017

Posted by Sherry on 1/1/2017 in General, Projects |

I love planning projects, making lists, and deciding on reading and study themes for a new year or semester. I used to satisfy this urge by making up homeschool plans and imposing them upon my unsuspecting and mostly unprotesting progeny. Now, I only have one homeschool student, and lest she bear the brunt of all […]


100 Poems by George Herbert

Posted by Sherry on 8/17/2016 in General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry |

Such a lovely volume of poems by one of my favorite poets! George Herbert lived and wrote in the early seventeenth century, and he is “widely regarded as the greatest devotional poet in the English language.” In fact, for modern Christian readers, reading a poem a day from this book of one hundred of Herbert’s […]


Old Books by Margaret Widdemer

Posted by Sherry on 4/3/2016 in Poetry Project, Poets and poetry |

April is Poetry Month. Let’s celebrate by talking about poems. Margaret Widdemer won the Pulitzer Prize in 1919 for her poetry collection The Old Road to Paradise. She shared her prize with Carl Sandburg for Cornhuskers. Nowadays, Sandburg is known and remembered; Widdemer is forgotten. Ms. Widdemer also wrote novels, and her memoir Golden Friends […]


Poetry Friday: For Our Children

Posted by Sherry on 3/4/2016 in General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry, Prayer Project |

For Our Children by Amy Carmichael Father, hear us, we are praying, Hear the words our hearts are saying; We are praying for our children. Keep them from the powers of evil, From the secret, hidden peril; Father, hear us for our children. From the whirlpool that would suck them, From the treacherous quicksand, pluck […]


The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill by Andrea Warren

Posted by Sherry on 2/23/2016 in Biography/Memoir, Nonfiction, US History Project |

The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing Up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas by Andrea Warren. Ms. Warren says in her author’s note at the end of the book that she set out to write a book about Kansas history, “Bleeding Kansas”, during the time prior to and during the Civil War. She needed a […]


December 15th: Bill of Rights Day

Posted by Sherry on 12/15/2015 in General, US History Project |

The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. These ten amendments began as twelve “articles” authored by James Madison in 1789, the last ten of which were ratified by three-fourths of the States in 1791, becoming officially part of the U.S. Constitution on December 15th of that year. President […]

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