Elizabeth is reading: Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson. Where one sister is cursed to have jewels and diamonds fall out of her mouth and one sister is cursed to have toads and serpents fall out of her mouth. Follow that with tough choices, possible 'prince charmings' and life lessons. She read it in a day (typical). I picked it up and started reading it in between lunch and dishes but there were a lot of Indian names that tied my tongue so I got frustrated. I find that if I can't pronounce a name in my head, I can't keep the characters straight. But I am going to try again because it sounds really good.
Sarah brought home Rapunzel's Revenge!! I was very excited for this one. It is one of Shannon Hale's stories (she did it with her husband and brother). I read about it on the cover jacket of one of her other books but couldn't find it at the public library. Sarah found it at the school library this year! It has a long list of 'holds', but one of Sarah's friends checked it out and after she read it, she let Sarah bring it home (what a nice girl). Loved it! It is a graphic novel/comic book, but other than that it is done in true Shannon Hale style. Rapunzel grows up in a 'wild west' like setting. She escapes from her tower without a prince and her quest is to free her mother who she found out was being held captive by Mother Gothel. Along the way she--and her new friend Jack--help many people who have also been affected because of Mother Gothel's selfishness. The pictures are fun and I love how Rapunzel uses her hair against the 'gun slingers.'
Rachael is reading all of the above as well, but she also read "Tumtum and Nutmeg" stories about a nice mouse couple who live in Rose Cottage with a family who have two children. It is a compilation of three sweet stories. I love how Tumtum and Nutmeg love each other and care about the family of humans they live with and the other mice they meet. Rachael loves these feel good animal stories. In fact when I was pregnant last year at this time, and feeling so sick, she would read to me from the books that she checked out of the library while I lay down in my bed. She is as sweet as these mice.
Maire has library day once a week now! I love kindergarten :)
She came home this week with Princess Penelope Takes Charge. When Penelope gets a baby brother, she is very disappointed because boys can't be princesses, and she wanted the baby to be a princess with her. But as the baby gets older Penelope realizes that he can be just as fun to do things with and finally realizes he is a prince.
Maire has adjusted well to Erica being around. I don't think she wishes Erica was a boy, but perhaps that Erica was more fun to play with at this point. But for now, Maire sings her songs, makes her laugh, picks up the toys that are dropped, and reads books. And, she likes to check out new books every week.