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    I just took these out from the library for the other kids, but I'm splurging this kid around and I'm not sorry and I don't care. My 7yo reads me one or two every day and it's so soothing and relaxing that the money I spend on them feels like MY self-indulgence and I deserve it! They're a tiny bit dated--Henry is a booster seat aged child who rides in a car without a booster seat because the stories take place in the '80s or '90s and the pictures show him and his family watching a not-flatscreen TV with a VCR so they may be of historical interest to my as-yet-unconceived grandbabies or they may just think they're too old fashioned and ask me why I haven't gotten rid of them yet.

    I don't care. I spent more on the Babysitter's Club than I did on my car the first kid around and I know that The Magic Treehouse series is in my future in another month or so. Ds can read much more difficult books than these if I make him, but he's at the age where kids just have to put in the hours to gain enough fluency to read for pleasure and these sweet, innocent, peaceful, happy stories about a boy and his dog are making it pure joy for this bitter, cynical, world-weary older mom.

    He'll be reading Orwell and Zinn soon enough.

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    Awww I love those books.

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    I liked those too.
    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
    Dumplett (girl - age 15) and Wombat (boy - age 15)

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    The next series to check out should be Mr Putter & Tabby!

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    I love these too! Poppleton, Henry & Mudge, Mr. Putter & Tabby, Annie & Snowball... All of those Cynthia Rylant books are so great. There's a picture book called The Old Woman Who Named Things by her that I like too.

    I also would describe them as soothing and relaxing! I get the same feeling from the Little Bear books and the Frog and Toad books.

    P.S. Poppleton is my absolute favorite. They're so light-hearted and funny. My six year old son gets kind of sad many nights right before bedtime, and he says they cheer him up.
    Secularly homeschooling M (8) & j (6).
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    My eldest read a bunch of those, they're great for young readers
    Stay at home physicist - Mom to C (18 & off to college)) and J (15)

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    DD and DS loved, loved those books. DS also love Pup and Hound. I would say those books (Henry & Mudge, Poppleton, Annie and Snowball, Little Bear, Toad and Frog, etc.) is what gave them confidence to read. I would still enjoy hearing them read those books now. At the library, when I see that section I get a little sad that those days went by so fast. Yes, it's cool that they keep growing as people; it's just too fast for my taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maela View Post
    I get the same feeling from the Little Bear books and the Frog and Toad books.
    My son absolutely loved the Frog and Toad books. They are such sweet stories and the illustrations are great too.
    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
    Dumplett (girl - age 15) and Wombat (boy - age 15)

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    We loved those books too. Like Maela said, anything by Cynthia Rylant is great.

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    I am another fan of Cynthia Rylant. Poppleton's made me laugh so hard - the pancake breakfast was my favorite. I probably enjoyed it more than my kids!
    7 year old boy / 2nd grade homeschooler
    12 year old girl /7 grade public school student

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