Harry Potter

Books we are glad that mom shared with us

I loved the list of books, but many of them, including Harry Potter, weren’t written when I was a child. I guess I am the mom who shared them with my kid, in this case.  My oldest daughter flew through the series when she was young, reading the last book when she was 7 years old.  It took her a little over a day.  She still loves them, and so do I.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith

Many of my classmates had to read this in junior high and high school. I didn’t. I am glad that I went back and read it.  It was such a beautifully written book about growing up.  It showed up on one of the lists from this Spring, Books we are glad that mom shared with us.  I was happy that it was such a great book.  It also showed up on the PBS The Great American Read list.

I have included my review below.


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a wonderful book! I enjoyed every moment. Watching Francie grow and survive everything she and her family went through was wonderful. I can see why this is required reading for junior high and high school. I have been mentally writing my paper since I finished the book. There is so much symbolism that a paper would be easy to write. The book was an easy read and has definitely stood up through time. I am glad that the book ended when it did, so that we can guess what happened to Francie as she became an adult.

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

the care and keeping of you

(Books we are glad that mom shared with us)

I hadn’t heard of this one, and when I picked it up from the library, I realized that it was an American Girls book. I don’t believe that a doll went with it.

It was a cute book with good information. I managed to get through this stuff, periods, hand washing, using deodorant, etc, without the book. So did my children.

If your kid is into the American girls dolls, I can see how this would be helpful. Otherwise, just common sense instructions would work.


(Books we are glad that mom shared with us) #2

This is another book that came out after I was in high school.   Because it was on the Books we are glad that mom shared with us list, I checked it out from the library.

It was a cute children’s book about a girl who loves her name, then doesn’t like her name, and then learns to love it again.  Yes, I spoiled it, but you probably saw it coming.

I added my review to this post, since it’s short.


Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved the book, and the illustrations were wonderful! I wish I had known about this book when my children were little.

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The Outsiders

Books we are glad that mom shared with us

Thirty day book challenge, day 23

When I was in junior high, this book was what everyone was reading, especially since the movie was coming out. C. Thomas Howell and Matt Dillon were the heartthrobs at the time. Rob Lowe was also in it. We had to read it for school, and many classmates attempted to skip reading the book and just write the book report based on the movie. There were enough differences between the book and the movie that it screamed “cheater” to all of us who loved both the book and movie.

Mom didn’t really share this with me, but I was able to help my own daughter read through it when she had to read it in high school. I don’t usually reread, but this one was worth it.