Wednesday, October 21, 2015

the work of a private schoolmaster (or mistress)

"Now the theory of private schools is (or was) constant supervision out of school; therein differing fundamentally from that of public schools.
It may be right or wrong; but if right, this supervision surely ought to be the especial work of the head-master, the responsible person. The object of all schools is not to ram Latin and Greek into boys, but to make them good English boys, good future citizens; and by far the most important part of that work must be done, or not done, out of school hours. To leave it therefore in the hands of inferior men is just giving up the highest and hardest part of the work of education. Were I a private schoolmaster, I should say, let who will hear the boys their lessons, but let me live with them when they are at play and rest."
 ~ Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown's Schooldays

Monday, October 05, 2015

July/August/September Book List

I know I usually write a little blurb about each book but since this post contains three months of book reading, I'm obviously behind in parts of my life. And some of the books are no longer very fresh in my mind to say anything very stimulating or profound. I also started some Very Thick Books this summer and fall which I did not finish before the library callously expected them back in circulation. Life is harsh. Books have lots of pages. Reading in bed is dangerous. 

Favorite Picture Books

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jennifer Fisher Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Emily Sutton

Calvin Can't Fly by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Keith Bendis

Honorable Mentions

Odd One Out by Britta Teckentrup and Where's the Pair? by Britta Teckentrup

The H.A. Rey Treasury of Stories by H.A. Rey and Margaret Rey

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis, illustrated by Gilbert Ford

Chapter Books

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

The Girl of Limberlost by Gene Straton Porter

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Nonfiction Books

The Story of Buildings by Patrick Dillon, illustrated by Stephen Biesty

The Stick Book by Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks

Classics and Other Such Books

The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera