Today I am blending my Wednesday feature with my Tuesday feature–sorry! However, I think that they fit together very well. I often talk about what I am reading during Yarn Along Wednesday, and what I was going to talk about this week is also one of my favorite “read-together books.”
After discovering what fun it was to crochet boot cuffs, I decided to make some more. This green pair is going to a friend who is having a rough time. It is my prayer that they brighten her day and let her know that she is thought of and loved.
If you have never read Because of Winn-Dixie, today is the day! Buy it on Amazon! Check it out from the library–I don’t care, just read this book! Seriously, if you have never read this book . . . get on it!
Was I urgent enough? If not, let me slow down and explain a bit more about why I love this book.
I have read this book several times as an adult, and I cannot wait to share it with Rebekah. I will probably read Because of Winn-Dixie several times to our kids because it is just that good. The story, the characters, the themes, and the setting are of the highest literary quality for children’s books. I do think this book will become a classic in children’s literature.
The movie is great too, but read the book first. If you have elementary age children, especially those who are reading chapter books on their own, this book is a must-read-together book. Plus, this book meets all the “requirements” of Sally Clarkson’s “good books for children”.
If your child is reading the book at school, or you are reading it together as part of your home-school curriculum, here is a great link with additional resources, author interview, interactive map, and play-version of the story.
If you are reading this book together, don’t waste the special opportunity to talk about the themes of unlikely friendship, community, and redemption. Maybe even take time to talk to your child about someone you could encourage and develop a friendship with together, like an older woman from church who is unable to get out much, or a widow who is lonely. You can really build on this story to engage your children in acts of encouragement and compassion.
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Have you read Because of Winn-Dixie? Are you also a mega-fan? 😉
Also, check out other Yarn Along Wednesday posts!