Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Greyfriars Bobby by Eleanor Atkinson

You might have heard the plot of this story before or at least have read or seen a tale that is similar. Like Lassie or Homeward Bound this is the story of a faithful little dog who will not leave his masters grave.

Although very touching and defiantly a good classic this book can be very hard to understand as the characters talk in Scottish accents and it can tend to feel as if the story runs on a bit too long as it takes a long time for anything to happen. A good thing about this book is that Eleanor Atkinson  describes everything vividly so that you do not have to imagine very hard to be with Bobby running through the streets of Edinburough .

While I was in Scotland I found out that because Greyfriars Bobby was so faithful Canada sent us a statue of their faithful dog Bum in return we gave them a statue of Greyfriars Bobby.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Bells on their Toes by Frank B. Gilbreth JR. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

Bells on Their Toes is the sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen and describes the adventures of the 11 siblings. Great as a standalone or read as a pair these two books are great classics for any age.

This book doesn't focus on any one character as the main character but focuses on them all sharing all of their individual mishaps and adventures. From old fashioned swim suits and new style kitchens there is no adventure missing in these two books. I defiantly advise you to read both of these.

Unfortunately if I told you the plot of the second book it would give away all the secrets of the first book. So you'll have to just trust me that it is an amazing book. Imagine having to line up every time you wanted to  wave goodbye to someone or if the only way for you to go on a date is for your dad to come along too. Sometimes amusing, always heart warming this book is great as a read aloud as well.