Saturday, October 28, 2006

German Literature In Translation--For Kids

First, a little backstory.

A number of years ago, I was at one of those local events where you end up rubbing shoulders with the parents of your children's classmates. I found myself talking with this dad about how his son wasn't into reading. He said that young Jordan liked very traditional boy things--Scouts, camping, Indians, were his examples. He also said they had trouble finding books about those sorts of things.

At around this same time, we had a grade schooler living on this street who was seriously into hamsters. He did science papers about hamsters. He took his hamster to the science fair. I believe I might have had to feed the thing a few times while he and his family were on vacation.

Now we come to the point of my post. I just finished reading something called I, Freddy by Dietlof Reiche. Or Dietlof Reiche, if you'd like to read something about him in English. Freddy is a hamster. He's the narrator of his story. He's quite the sophisticated little beast.

I, Freddy is not a learn-to-read kiddy book. Scholastic pegs it as being on a fifth-grade reading level. The vocabulary is definitely mature. Freddy teaches himself to read and write and ends up reading The Forsyte Saga! (I, Freddy is the first in a series known as The Golden Hamster Saga.) He reads poetry. The book brings up a couple of complex ideas, too--Freddy talks with his grandmother about religion and gives an interesting explanation for what happens when we read.

But Freddy isn't a priggy know-it-all. He's funny, and he meets funny and interesting creatures.

I, Freddy is a book for kids with good reading skills and traditional kid interests. It's probably a book for lots of kids, for that matter.


Blogger Jennifer said...

I'm late working my way around last week's review of books, but I'm so glad I came here. My daughter is an advanced 3rd grade reader, and I saw this book at her school library and thought she might like it. I'm going to convince her to check it out.

I actually thought this might be one of the Freddy (the pig) classics by Walter Brooks. Have you read any of those? Excellent. I will be reviewing one as soon as dd and I finish it.

8:03 PM  
Blogger gail said...

I've heard of Freddy the Pig, but don't believe I've read any of them.

I had never heard of the Golden Hamster Saga until my editor told me about them. I have seen them in bookstores since then. It's really too bad if they aren't well known. I know parents of younger kids with advanced reading skills have problems finding age-appropriate books for their reading level.

10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

[url=]warhammer gold[/url] [url=]warhammer money[/url] [url=]warhammer accounts[/url] [url=]tibia money[/url] [url=]tibia gold[/url] [url=]tibia item[/url] [url=]runescape accounts[/url] [url=]buy runescape accounts[/url] [url=]runescape money[/url] [url=]runescape gold[/url] [url=]runescape gp[/url] [url=]runescape power leveling[/url] [url=]runescape powerleveling[/url] [url=]cheap rs2 powerleveling [/url] [url=]runescape equipment[/url] [url=]buy rs equipment[/url] [url=]runescape runes[/url] [url=]cheap rs2 runes[/url] [url=]runescape logs[/url] [url=]cheap rs2 logs[/url] [url=]runescape items[/url] [url=]buy runescape items[/url] [url=]runescape quest point[/url] [url=]rs2 quest point[/url] [url=]cheap runescape questpoint[/url] [url=]runescape gold[/url] [url=]runescape items[/url] [url=]runescape power leveling[/url] [url=]runescape money[/url] [url=]runescape gold[/url] [url=]buy runescape gold[/url] [url=]buy runescape money[/url] [url=]runescape items[/url] [url=]runescape accounts[/url] [url=]runescape gp[/url] [url=]runescape accounts[/url] [url=]runescape money[/url] [url=]runescape power leveling[/url] [url=]runescape powerleveling[/url] [url=]tibia gold[/url] [url=]dofus kamas[/url] [url=]buy dofus kamas[/url] [url=]wow power leveling[/url] [url=]wow powerleveling[/url] [url=]runescape questpoint[/url] [url=]rs2 questpoint[/url] [url=]Warcraft PowerLeveling[/url] [url=]Warcraft Power Leveling[/url] [url=]World of Warcraft PowerLeveling[/url] [url=]World of Warcraft Power Leveling[/url] [url=]Hellgate money[/url] [url=]Hellgate gold[/url] [url=]buy runescape logs[/url] [url=]buy rs2 items[/url] [url=]cheap runescape items[/url] [url=]Hellgate London gold[/url] [url=]Guild Wars Gold[/url] [url=]buy Guild Wars Gold[/url] [url=]runescape items[/url] [url=]rs2 accounts[/url] [url=]cheap rs2 equipments[/url] [url=]buy runescape money[/url] [url=]buy runescape gold[/url] [url=]buy runescape runes[/url] [url=]runescape money[/url] [url=]runescape gold[/url] [url=]cheap rs2 powerleveling [/url] [url=]eve isk[/url] [url=]eve online isk[/url] [url=]buy runescape power leveling[/url] [url=]rs2 power leveling[/url] [url=]tibia gold[/url] [url=]tibia item[/url] [url=]runescape accounts[/url] [url=]Fiesta Silver[/url] [url=]Fiesta Gold[/url] [url=]Scions of Fate Gold[/url] [url=]Hellgate Palladium[/url] [url=]Hellgate London Palladium[/url] [url=]SOF Gold[/url] [url=]Age Of Conan Gold[/url] [url=]AOC Gold[/url] [url=]ArchLord gold[/url] [url=]tibia money[/url] [url=]tibia gold[/url] [url=]runescape accounts[/url] [url=]runescape gold[/url] [url=]cheap rs2 powerleveling [/url] [url=]buy ArchLord gold[/url] [url=]DDO Plat[/url] [url=]Dungeons and Dragons Online Plat[/url] [url=]lotro gold[/url] [url=]lotro gold[/url] [url=]buy lotro gold[/url] [url=]buy lotro gold[/url]

2:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

warhammer gold warhammer money warhammer accounts tibia money tibia gold tibia item runescape accounts buy runescape accounts runescape money runescape gold runescape gp runescape power leveling runescape powerleveling cheap rs2 powerleveling runescape equipment buy rs equipment runescape runes cheap rs2 runes runescape logs cheap rs2 logs runescape items buy runescape items runescape quest point rs2 quest point cheap runescape questpoint runescape gold runescape items runescape power leveling runescape money runescape gold buy runescape gold buy runescape money runescape items runescape accounts runescape gp runescape accounts runescape money runescape power leveling runescape powerleveling tibia gold dofus kamas buy dofus kamas wow power leveling wow powerleveling runescape questpoint rs2 questpoint Warcraft PowerLeveling Warcraft Power Leveling World of Warcraft PowerLeveling World of Warcraft Power Leveling Hellgate money Hellgate gold buy runescape logs buy rs2 items cheap runescape items Hellgate London gold Guild Wars Gold buy Guild Wars Gold runescape items rs2 accounts cheap rs2 equipments lotro gold buy lotro gold buy runescape money buy runescape gold buy runescape runes lotro gold buy lotro gold runescape money runescape gold cheap rs2 powerleveling eve isk eve online isk buy runescape power leveling rs2 power leveling tibia gold tibia item runescape accounts Fiesta Silver Fiesta Gold Scions of Fate Gold Hellgate Palladium Hellgate London Palladium SOF Gold Age Of Conan Gold AOC Gold ArchLord gold tibia money tibia gold runescape accounts runescape gold cheap rs2 powerleveling buy ArchLord gold DDO Plat Dungeons and Dragons Online Plat

4:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They will miss the Metin2 gold and they will try their best to play this game to get the joy. As long as they earn the Metin2 yang they will be happy and they think the game is very interesting. Of course they have to have a lot of Cheap metin2 gold by themselves. Sure, that process of achieving will have its unpleasant and disagreeable aspects.I am lonely so I play the game and Buy metin2 gold to give my friends. They also give me a lot of Cheap metin2 yang while playing the game.

11:19 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home