About one of my favorites:Little house on the prairie

This series is one of the classics.  Everyone knows Little House on the Prairie, the books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Laura is a young girl who travels across the prairie to a new home, away from her little house in the big woods.  With troubles like tired horses, sisters, and more it is a big adventure!  Laura loves playing, causing trouble, although usually it is an accident, and more.  She is a girl just like you, and in these books she tells her life story, including her childhood, marriage, and children.  They are awesome books! Check them out!

Sincerely,

ND

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About One of My Favorites: A Little Princess

Hello,

I am finally writing this one, I forgot to write about some of my favorites!  So, let’s get to it!
A Little Princess is a book that follows Sara Crewe, the daughter of the great Captain Crewe.  She is left at Mrs. Minchin’s select seminary for girls.  Her father knows that India air is not good for a young child, so he leaves seven year old Sara at Mrs. Minchin’s stern boarding school. Sara is very rich, with her own room, tea parties, elaborate dresses, and the ever-admired talent of making-up stories.  Every girl, young and old, at the school, even the snooty Lavinia and her friend Jessie.  Mrs. Minchin secretly dislikes Sara, after an episode of embarrassment in the schoolroom.  Yet Sara is extremely rich, so she is Mrs. Minchin’s “show off child”.  Mrs. Minchin loves to boast about Sara’s excellent French, great riches, and her popularity.  Sara leads a happy life, telling stories, and sharing a few sweets with the scullery maid, young Becky.  And when an exciting letter comes from her father, telling of the possible diamond mines that he has invested in, Sara and everyone else in the school are excited.  It is on Sara’s eleventh birthday that she receives terrible news.  Her father has died, and the diamond mines are fake.  Sara’s life changes in an instant.  Her pretty clothes taken, her room is gone, and is replaced with an attic.  Sara had no money, it had all been invested in the diamond mines.  Sara tries to make light of her situation.  She is forced to go on errands for the other servants, and sleep in an uncomfortable bed in a cold attic.  She is always overwhelmed with exhaustion, yet is forced to wake up early, and usually go to bed hungry and late.  Sara is still kind though, and it pays off when she is magically blessed with new clothes, pretty pictures, a fire, and food, all of which she shares with her servant friend, Becky.  She is finally looking better, when a cold night has Sara bring in her neighbor’s monkey.  Her neighbor is from India, and Sara has made friends with his manservant, or Lascar, Ram Dass.  The neighbor has suffered from brain fever, and the monkey is his skittish pet.  When Sara takes the monkey in through her window, she does not know that this was the end of her time at Mrs. Minchin’s select seminary for girls.  The next morning, Sara goes to return the monkey to her Indian neighbor.  His servant, Ram Dass, is happy, and asks the child her name.  When she tells him, the owner of the house gets excited.  He tells his friend, te father of “the large family”, one of Sara’s many story families, although this one is quite real.  It turns out that the Indian man is Sara’s father’s friends, the one who had found the diamond mines.  It also turns out that there are diamond minds, and Sara is now a rich girl.  After confronting Mrs. Minchin, asking Becky to stay at the Indian man’s house, Sara is at last happy.

I hope you enjoyed this review!  If it is confusing, just read the book! I would say this book is good for ages 8-12, and is a fun read!

Sincerely,

ND

About one of my Favorites: Narnia

Hi again!  I just started a new blog series, ( not book, posts) called About one of my favorites, which is just describing the books in some of my favorites. Anyway, now I am reviewing a wonderful classic, The Chronicles of Narnia!!!!! These boos came out in a weird order, but I have read them chronologically ( is that how you spell it? This thing doesn’t have auto-correct!) Here is the order to read them in

1 The Magician’s Nephew

2 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

3 The Horse and His Boy

4 Prince Caspian

5 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

6 The Silver Chair

7 The Last Battle

The whole series follows eight people total, ranging from 2-4 people each book, but the most known characters are probably Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy.  They star in books 2 and 4.  In my favorite, and probably most known-book of the series, #2, The children discover the magical, marvelous Narnia, where they go on an adventure to try and rescue Narnia from the wicked white witch, who has enslaved Narnia, and put it under a spell for eternal winter, and to become the kings and queens of Narnia. But they cant do it without the help of the great lion, Aslan, who is the son of the emperor over the sea, and the creator of Narnia.  After book 4, ( spoiler alert) Peter and Susan are told that they will not return to Narnia.  In book 5, Edmund and Lucy are transported into Narnia, along with their nuisance of a cousin, Usetes, wherethey go on The Dawn Treader with an older Prince Caspian to rescue the 12 lords his uncle sent away in an attempt to take the throne.  Sadly (spoiler alert) Lucy and Edmund are then also told that they may not return. In The Silver Chair, Usetes and his new school friend, Jill, step into Narnia to escape the school bullies, but they can not escape the adventure that is yet to come! In this attention grabbing book, the two are given signs by the mighty lion Aslan, and are told to rescue the lost Prince Rillion. After teaming up with Puddleglum the mashwiggle they embark on an amazing and unforgettable adventure. In book 1, Narnia is created by the lion, Aslan. Polly and Diggery, two friends, are given magic rings by their perhaps mad uncle. These rings transport them to the wood of pools, where they can jump into a new world. After jumping into a pool that takes them to the dying world of Chan, they accidentally come out, but not alone. They have brought the evil queen, Jadis, from Chan! After taking her in and out of our world,  they plunge into a pool, and end up in, well in nowhere.  Then Aslan comes and, well, sings Narnia into being. This book is amazing, as the others are. I would tell you about #7, but I want you to read it!

One more thing, I think it is amazing how these books connect to the Bible.  here are some of the ways that they connect.

Aslan is acting as Jesus, dying for the children, the rising to life again.

The four children like the 12 disciples, one betrays them.

The world spoken into existence, Narnia sung into being.

There are even more similarities, read the books to find them!

BYE! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

 

 

About one of my favorites: Tuesdays at the Castle

Hi fellow bookworms!

     Now I know that this blog is about Nancy Drew, but does that mean I cant write about other books? Anyway, recently I said one of my favorite books is Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George.  In this amazing book, a girl, Princess Cecelia, or Celie, as she is called, lives in an amazing castle that can “grow”.  Every Tuesday the castle sprouts a new room, or makes a corridor longer.  When her parents strangely disappear on their way home from her older brother’s wizard graduation, and are presumed dead, Celie and her older siblings, Rolf and Lilah, jump into action to defend the castle. This book is an amazing read, and I highly recommend it! Thanks for reading! Bye, 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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