Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Last year my 8 year old and I read 
Catwings, Le Guin's story of four
little kittens with something extra.

At the time he was still 
transitioning from full color 
pictures to sketches, and Schindler
includes both full page and smaller
ones tucked into the text. Most 
importantly, there are lots of pictures 
and they show the action.

So this year I brought home Catwings
Return, and my nine year old read the 
first chapter to me.
Catwings Return

He just finished reading
the book with his dad last

My boy has changed how he reads
aloud with us for school. 
When he was eight he
insisted we take turns. He would
read the left pages and Dad or I
would read the right.

Now he insists on reading all the 
pages himself. I don't know what

We both read when we're reading
for fun to his younger brother.

He does seem to understand more
of the story this time. With persistent
(I gently ignore "I don't know" 
and rephrase the question)
he described Catwings Return.
"They're looking for their mommy."

Ursula K. LeGuin is one of my favorite
authors. Her Earthsea series (starting
with A Wizard of Earthsea) is a 
wonderful choice for teens or 
advanced tweens, and with its
emphasis on names might well
appeal to teens with spectrum

A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1)
Catwings, of course, 
aims at a much younger group 
and is most appropriate
for elementary school readers.

"it was true that all the 
mastery of names Ged 
had toiled to win that 
year was the mere start 
of what he must go on 
learning all his life."
- A Wizard of Earthsea

Yours at the start,
Spectrum Mom

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