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Monday, January 31, 2011

Joke Books

She looks down at her Kindle. "I've been reading joke books," she admits. "Not the 'guy walks into a bar' kind. Teen vampire books. The kinds of books that are a joke."

"Do you need some recommendations?" my wife asks. "Because we can recommend some good ones."

Two minutes later, I'm flipping through a copy of the Sonlight Catalog. I find three titles I think would be great for this teenage girl Core K. There are a couple more books I think she'd really enjoy in Core 1. By the time I've made it through the High School programs, I've recommended dozens of titles. "We should buy more Sonlight Cores," I tell Brittany.

"Yes," she agrees.

A dull ache flickers in the background as I think, 'But we should wait until we have kids.' The pain vanishes and I'm focused again on the kid hanging out with us now.

"You can take that if you want," Brittany tells her.

She looks down at the Catalog as she gathers up her stuff. She hesitates. Then she adds it to her pile. "Sure. Why not."

An eighteen-year-old isn't the ideal Sonlight customer. And neither are we. But, when considering the joke books presented to the wider populace, we all agree that the literature included in Sonlight's homeschool programs is far superior.

Have you noticed a Sonlight book recently and decided to read it again? I love how good literature can be enjoyed by--and meaningful to--such a range of ages.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Empty Nester


Kirsten said...

Don't wait until you have kids--buy them now when you have the money;). AND, then you'll have them available for the kids that come into your life from whichever direction--visiting short-term or staying for life:).

One of my very favorite books of all time is one I discovered this year from Core 1--The Wheel on the School. Such a beautiful, beautiful book.

trinacoyle said...

We are using Core 2 this year and have LOVED so many of the books - Castle Diary, Red Sails to Capri (we now have soft boiled eggs at least twice a week), Strawberry Girl and currently a Door in the Wall. I love that my kids are enjoying awesome literature as we learn.

Kimberly said...

We are in our first year with Sonlight, but so far I have really enjoyed The Family Under the Bridge and The Hundred Dresses, which I was grateful for as a way to introduce the subject of how ridicule can have a lasting impact on kids. My kids haven't been witness to that yet, but I this book provided a good way to address it.

Jen said...

We have discovered so many fantastic books through Sonlight. Sometimes I browse through cores we don't have just to find book suggestions to read. I enjoy them as much as my kids do.

Robin E. said...

Moccasin Trail, in Core 4. Oh, Little Britches and some of its sequels from Core 4 too. Seven Daughters and Seven Sons from Core 5. Mara, Daughter of the Nile, The Hittite Warrior, and God King from Core 6 (and we're less than half way through Core 6).

These are titles that popped to my mind that I either have or am sure I will read again for my own enjoyment. There are many, many other titles in many other Cores that I have and will enjoy reading again with my younger children.

Luke Holzmann said...

<smile> Good point, Kirsten. And, yes, "The Wheel on the School" is a fantastic book!

Trina, "Red Sails to Capri" is absolutely a favorite of ours <smile>.

Kimberly, literature opens up so many great opportunities to discuss things, doesn't it? And welcome to Sonlight! Glad your first year has been great thus far <smile>.

Totally, Jenn <smile>.

Robin, yep: the Little Britches books are fantastic. And we all cheered at the end of "Seven Daughters and Seven Sons" <smile>.


Catherine said...

Our small Sonlight library is getting some good use. I'll share an example that happened here last week:

I have a dear friend who has done literature studies, and is always looking for good books for her children to read.

Generally speaking, there aren't a lot of the 'better quality' books available in Australian schools.
So, what's been happening is, my friend ask my children what they've been reading. Then we usually end up loaning them out to her.

Her daughter (aged 7) loved some of the Core 2 books so much that she bought a few of them to give to her class teacher at the end of last year. One in particular that she loved was "Frindle".

They've just borrowed "Red Sails to Capri" and "Door in the Wall".


Luke Holzmann said...

Love it, Catherine <smile>.



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