23 December 2017
Woodjie is 11 and this book was about at his reading level. He would be a fifth grader if he went to school. What he liked about the book was the idea of this little doggie befriending the author on his run, just tagging along. Later, the author goes to great lengths to find Gobi and bring him home.
The only criticism I'd have - and it's a small one - is that sometimes younger readers don't understand some of the concepts presented in the book as givens. For example, a child mightn't understand the "dangers" of speaking to the press in a foreign country. It would be nice if some of these concepts were spelled out a bit better but it wasn't a biggie. I was right there listening to him read the whole book aloud during my recent surgery recovery... so I could explain everything I felt he needed to know as we went along. A charming book! With photos!
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10 December 2017
|Woodjie fixing dinner.|
I've had some major surgery which I'll just describe as "about as extensive as your Thanksgiving turkey underwent this year and also very similar." I'm home now and recovering rather nicely so far, but it's been a hard go of everything, really. Perhaps preparing for a large and horrendously embarrassing surgery is the worst bit of it emotionally and physically.
Anyway. One thing I did do (to my credit!) was to teach the littlest children to make grilled cheese before I went to hospital. All I have to do now is pop the burner on and make sure there is some margarine, bread and cheese handy. So Woodjie not only made us all dinner the other night, he let me know that I'm the best mommy EVER because I allowed him. (Yay!)
Rose is also doing her own hair now. Her part is not perfectly straight but it's a pretty decent job of two simple braids. Now she will do her hair every morning all by herself. I am well enough now that I did her hair this morning just because.
|Rose can do her own hair.|
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