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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hope and the Rats of NIMH

Everyone was gathered at the dinner table, except Hope.
"Hope!" I called.

"Mom," Sydney said, "She's at a sad part in the book and is in our room crying."


It was Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. Just the other day I handed the book over to a restless Hope and said, "Here, read this. I think you'll like it."

She has been reading it whenever she could, but finished it this evening after reading it all afternoon (after school).

Hope came to the table, composed, but when I asked, "Was it sad?" she burst into fresh tears.

I know how she feels. Isn't reading powerful? What else could compel us to mourn for a couple of rats?


MOHeather said...

Oh, I so agree Amy! Sam read Stone Fox this past week. And as the main character crosses the finish line, his beloved dog dies. I was intentionally sitting with Sam as he was finishing the book (knowing the ending was so dramatic). He looked at me with tears in his eyes, and said "It's a fiction book right Mom?" "This didn't really happen, did it?" And even as I confirmed to him it was indeed fiction, I thought to myself it really IS real to him right now. And the beauty of wonderful literature is that somehow the characters stay real in our hearts and minds for a very long time. I can still remember the exact moment in time I read that Charlotte the spider died when I was eight years old. I thought surely I would die as well. I still can't read that without a minor breakdown. :)

p.s. I have never read Mrs. Frisby and The Rats of NIMH, can you believe it? Tell Hope it's on my list!

Mrs. Edwards said...

I have to confess that for some reason I haven't read Mrs. Frisby either! Hope has read a lot of books about mice or little people (The Littles, The Borrowers, Tumtum and Nutmeg, etc.), so I thought she would like this one too. She wants me to read it now.

Another book that my kids love, that I failed to read as a child, was The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. We have the audiobook and Hope and Sydney love it.

I haven't read Stone Fox either! Goodness, how did this happen? I thought I read every book available in the library I grew up using!

Sharon said...

Another book in the same vein is Watership Down by Richard Adams, about a band of rabbits that are seeking a new home. I will wait until my kids are a little older before reading it to them, however. I remember reading it in the earlier years of high school. I loved it so much I searched until I found a copy in a second hand store and bought it on the spot.

Two of my other favourite books about animals and people are Storm Boy and Pinquo by Colin Thiele, which we read last year. Both are set in South Australia, the state I grew up in, on the coast.

~ Sharon

MOHeather said...

I checked this book out this afternoon at the library. I'll let you know when I finish it. I'm reading some of the books from the sonlight core 400. I missed out on a lot of great books in my education. :( I'm staring with The Chosen,

Then, Lois Lowry's companion to The Giver, called Gathering Blue

And finally I've got A View From Saturday (which I've never read)

I LOVE to read!

Hope you're feeling a little bit better...

Mrs. Edwards said...

For some reason I could never get into Watership Down as a kid. I need to give it another shot. Our library doesn't have Storm Boy or Pinquo, but it does have seven other books by Colin Thiele. We'll have to check it out.

We (the girls and I) have not read A View from Saturday but I should suggest it to the girls since they love The Mixed-Up Files... so much. I loved reading The Chosen as a high schooler. It opened my eyes to an unknown world of New York Orthodox Jews--I had no idea of it at the time. A few years later I read Marjorie Morningstar, (not a children's book!), and several other Herman Wouk titles that taught me even more about the world of American Jewish culture. Fascinating. I think you'll like The Chosen.

By the way, I read The Thirteenth Tale after you recommended it, and it held me until the end, but I didn't like it as well as I hoped. Do you think that I've outgrown fiction? What's wrong with me? The experience worried me and for comfort I re-read Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart--just a fun novel from mid-century. I loved it, even after all these years, thankfully! I like mysteries and thrillers, but the theme of missing twins and feeling incomplete apart from one's twin (In The Thirteenth Tale) just didn't connect with me.

I did read The Rats of NIMH the day after Hope and really enjoyed it. No wonder she couldn't put it down!

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