BOOK REVIEW: Amelia’s War

I just finished this book yesterday…was reading it to see if it would be appropriate for my 9.5yr old daughter and I had a hard time putting it down! I cannot express enough how wonderful this book is! I did decide my daughter isn’t ready to read it yet, as she has no knowledge currently on the Civil War (we’re […]

BOOK REVIEW: Butterfly House

This is a touching story of a little girl who rescues a caterpillar & decides to raise it to adulthood. With the help of her grandpa, she builds a beautiful “Butterfly House,” & cares for the caterpillar as it goes through it’s metamorphosis. A great book for introducing the concepts of metamorphosis & caring for nature’s creatures. And the illustrations […]

New starts and New ideas

I’m constantly learning and coming up with new ideas on how to do things in my life, particularly in regards to homeschooling. This whole adventure called “homeschooling” has proven to be a HUGE learning experience for me (and I’m thoroughly enjoying it…most days. grin) This week I am attempting to launch a new “school year”…something which always seems so weird […]


I can’t believe I never read this book as a child. I would have loved it! I recently finished reading this book to my 9yr old and both agreed it was a great book! A little boy befriends and tames a brown bear in Alaska, before its statehood. The small town in which they live is less than keen on […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Tail of Emily Windsnap

My daughter and I just loved this story about a little girl (Emily) that finds out she is half mermaid. Her mother is phobic about water and doesn’t allow her daughter to ever enter the water even though they live on a houseboat surrounded by water! When she finally does experience being submerged in water Emily finds out that it […]

A book to touch your soul

I stumbled upon this book while in the library looking for books on Eleanor Roosevelt. Literally just saw it on the shelf and picked it up because of the name “Eleanor” in the title. That’s when the full title grabbed me and I had to check it out and read it. I literally just put down this book after completing […]