It’s Tuesday! I am joining in the fun, created by Niki at Daydream Reader, called Treat Tuesday, where we snap a quick photo of what we are reading and a treat we are enjoying. And thanks to Shannon (aka Ms. Houghton) for the meme logo seen above. Inspired by my Twitter pal, Maria, I’m including what my kids are enjoying as well. Follow all the treat fun on Twitter under the hash tag #TreatTuesday.
The Books and Our Treat!
The Treat — Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
I don’t say these words lightly, but these cookies are my favorite. Admittedly, I am a huge coconut fan, but they’re so good. And true to their name they really are chewy. The girls say they like them to, but then again maybe they’re appeasing their coconut obsessed mother. This recipe comes from Two Peas and Their Pod.
Small (age 8, third grade)
The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets, by Roald Dahl. This book, which is partly filled with Dahl, facts and trivia, also contains a missing chapter from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, plus the original ending to the book. Like me, Small is a huge Roald Dahl fan and she was delighted to find this in the children’s biography section at our public library.
Tall (age 11, fifth grade)
Shetland in the Shed, by Ben M. Bagglio. When Tall wasn’t able to go to the library with us the other day, she requested we find an Animal Ark book for her and this was our find. She hasn’t read a ton in the series, but seems to like them when she does.
The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore. I’m so excited to start this one, as it has been get stellar reviews from Twitter and Goodreads readers. The summary from the publisher, Walker Books for Young Children:
Ephraim Appledore-Smith is an ordinary boy, and up until his father’s stroke he lived an ordinary life. But all that changes when his family moves to the Water Castle-their ancestral home in the small town of Crystal Springs.
Mallory Green’s family has always been the caretakers of the Water Castle-and the guardians of its secrets. She has been raised to protect the legendary Fountain of Youth, hidden on the estate grounds. But ever since her mom left, she’s stopped believing in magic.
Will Wylie’s family has been at war with the Applegates for generations, all because of the Water Castle’s powerful secrets. But Will has rejected legend and magic, putting all his faith in science.
When Ephraim learns of the Fountain, he’s sure finding it can cure his dad. With Mallory and Will’s help, the trio embarks on a mission that brings them deep into their families’ shared history, through every secret room in the Water Castle, and on a quest that will blur the lines of magic and science, creativity and discovery, leaving readers left to wonder: Do you believe in the unbelievable?
Many describe it as terrific, classic storytelling at its finest. The cover even has an old-fashioned feel to it that makes me think of my favorite series as a kid, The Famous Five by Edith Blyton.
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