Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Recitation Night

Last night our school, Pactum Christian Academy, hosted its end-of-the-year recitiation. The boys all did a marvelous job, excellent in every way. It makes a teacher proud. I can't wait until we have more students and can do plays, because these guys are going to be great. Here's a rundown of what they presented:

  • "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

  • "The Legend of King Arthur" Anonymous from Bishop Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry

  • "King Alfred's War Song"

  • Speech from Act 4 Scene 1 of Henry V by William Shakespeare

  • Speech from Act 4 Scene 3 of Henry V by William Shakespeare

  • Speech from Act 5 Scene 2 of Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

  • "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" by Patrick Henry

  • "The Ride of Paul Revere" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It was pretty impressive.

There was another cool thing that happened last night too. We had the recitation at the church, and my son Luther has learned that when we go to church we hear about Jesus. So before the recitation started, my wife leaned over to Luther and asked him, "Are you going to watch Daddy tonight?" And Luther, pointing up toward the pulpit, corrected her firmly, saying, "Watch Jesus!"
I thought it was cute.


Erica said…
Sounds fun :-)
Luther's getting smarter every day!