Either way, I enjoyed novel #95 (from the list of Top 100 Children's Novels)- Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. Talk about a classic, right?
The version I read even had large print text, so pretty easy on the eyes when reading to the old class (especially after having a lunch that was a little too ambitious and has made you sleepy post-recess), right?
Without a larger arc across the entire book, each chapter made a nice little story in and of itself and therefore, would be a nice starting place for a chapter book read aloud...I'm thinking perhaps at the start of the year with third graders (although older children would enjoy this too). However, it would also make a nice transition into longer chapter book read alouds for second grade friends at the end of the year. Plenty of places to have convos regarding Pippi's behavior...especially when girlfriend tries to go to school. Also, Pippi would make for a pretty rad class character study - lots of work to be done trying to uncover why this chick does what she does.
Now, most of you already know about my love for strong female characters, and I think Pippi really takes the cake. Raising herself (her father, a sea captain, died as did her mother...although she has a much more positive spin on things than my Cynical Self), Pippi definitely marches to her own drummer - and with super human strength! She takes on robbers, makes a splash at the circus and turns ordinary afternoons into great adventures for her neighbors and BFFs Tommy and Annika. And because she has spent so many traveling with the world with her father and in her own little bubble, Pippi reminds me a little bit of an Amelia Bedelia in terms of totally misunderstanding typical social cues and normal, everyday activities. The only part that kind of bugged was when she went to school, but maybe that's because
Coming in at a level O (according to this leveled book list that uses Fountas and Pinnell's method of leveling books), this book could also be totally perf for friends in fourth grade....or super smarties in third grade even. You know your kiddos better than I do after all.
For those of you who are joining me in all the reading fun, next up is #94 which is Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome.
Another new title for Mrs. Mimi...look boys and girls, I'm learning!