We're a book family. When we get together the TV doesn't go on; the books get opened. And if you walk through the house you're almost certain to find someone, somewhere, curled up with something to read.
Today I went through the house and gathered all the books that are in current rotation, one for each person. Here's what we're reading (with aliases in place of some names):
"Sally," age 3: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. In a few words: Has been read at least four times in the past four days, so it must be good. Plot: "Food gets really big, and it gets worse and worse and worse."
"Huckle," age 6: Mr. Popper's Penguins. In a few words: Required reading for school, being read for the second time. Plot: "Mr. Popper brings his penguins all over the place and people get mad at him."
Dad: The People's Act of Love. In a few words: Not crazy about it but has only read 100 pages so far. Seems a little disjointed. (The book, that is, not my Dad.)
Mom: A Dark Oval Stone. In a few words: This is the first novel of a friend of our family. A young woman who is left widowed and pregnant is helped by a stranger who cares for her and gives her hope.
Alayna: Expecting Adam. In a few words: Very successful, academic couple has a baby with Downs Syndrome; how their child completely changes their world view and priorities.
"Dawn," age 11: Moonrise. In a few words: The second book in the second section of The Warriors series. Plot: "About a bunch of cats that live in the forest, and their adventures."
AD: The Shipping News. In a few words: A man's returns to his family home in Newfoundland to start a new life and discover family secrets. Fabulous writing. (A family favorite!)
"Starry": Little Town on the Prairie. In a few words: Laura is 15 now and (obviously) lives in town; Mary leaves for college. Much more light-hearted than The Long Winter, which precedes it. How did I forget so much about this series?? Exceeding expectations (but I also just re-read Caddie Woodlawn and liked it best).
Christy: I Sailed with Magellan. In a few words: A series of short stories that make up a novel. I like it because it takes place in Chicago.
Me: By the Shores of Silver Lake. In a few words: I'm reading my way through the Little House series during this time away, after not having read them since childhood. It's been interesting to research a little of Laura's life on-line and to learn more about the history of the pioneers via the books. And she just tells a good story, doesn't she?
"Tsia," age 3: Richard Scarry's Busy Busy World. In a few words: "I like the pictures. And the stories are funny."
So there you have it. Our family book report.