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Caught Up in the World of French Literature


I have heard from various readers that they have missed my blog posts. I just want to let you know that it's not because I haven't been writing. What I've been doing is adapting French literature for my students. It's a project that started a year ago.

Now that my MLF 202 students have gone through my adaptations, I felt ready to make them available for other French classes. So I am excited to tell you they are now published on Amazon!

The pictures of the books below are linked to the pages on Amazon:
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Favorite Children’s Books


Do your kids or grandkids love it when you read to them? Our kids always did, and now we have the joy of reading to our grandkids. (Remember that picture a few weeks ago of me reading to Ryan and Avery from a seed catalog? 🙂 Here's a picture I've posted before — me reading to our children when all three could still fit on my lap.

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In this post I will share some of our all-time favorites, several recent books we've discovered, and for those who mostly just want the humor, a short list of children's books that never saw the light of day.

I'll start off with a couple books that we have loved for decades.

We all loved Harry the Dirty Dog, the story of a white dog with black spots. He hated baths and got so dirty that he became a black dog with white spots. I won't tell you the rest of the story in case you want to read it yourself. There are several other books in that series — Harry and the Lady Next Door, Harry by the Sea, and No Roses for Harry.

Harry Dirty Dog

Another favorite in our house is Never Tease a Weasel.
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Reading


I Love Reading

Are you a person who enjoys reading? Our grandson Drew is a first grader who is becoming not only a good reader, but also one who enjoys reading. Our grandson Ryan who is not yet 3 years old is already learning to read! These boys definitely come from a long line of people who enjoy reading.

Below is a recent video clip of our grandson Ryan sounding out words as he learns to read. If you are reading the e-mail or blog post reader version of this, you will have to go to this post to view the flash video.

Amazing, huh?!

A Pew Research poll from two years ago reported the following reasons people gave for reading a book in the previous year:
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Punny Books


I remember that as a child I loved puns on book titles and authors. I've been compiling punny book titles for a while and am ready to unleash them on my readers. Some of them are more easily understood when read out loud. WARNING: You may want to be sure you are reading this in a place where you are free to LOL, or at least to groan loudly.

Having been a good little library helper in junior high, I have arranged the list in alphabetical order by the author's last name. And now as a wiser adult, I have removed from the list inappropriate ones that amused me as a junior higher. 😳

Remember — you can't always judge a book by its cover and author!

Truancy by Marcus Absent

Positive Reinforcement by Wade Ago

I Didn't Do It! by Ivan Alibi

Nuclear Explosives by Adam Baum

Songs for Children by Barbara Blacksheep

Stop Arguing by Xavier Breath

Desert Crossing by I. Rhoda Camel

Gas Guzzlers by Russ T. Carrburata

The Unsung Vegetable by R. T. Choke

Tickling Your Fancy by Kit G. Coo

French Overpopulation by Francis Crowded
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Dedicated to the One I Love


Do you ever read the dedications in the front of books? They are easy to skip over as you eagerly dive into a book. But they often give a glimpse into the heart of the author and to what or who is important to him or her. I remember reading some great book dedications — some eloquent, some succinct, some serious, and some witty.

I recently ran across a humorous book dedication online. It reads as follows:

“To Joanna:
My brilliant and beautiful wife without whom I would be nothing. She always comforts and consoles, never complains or interferes, asks nothing and endures all, and writes my dedications.” — Albert Paul Malvino, Electronic Principles

I never thought about books on electronics being dedicated to someone! 🙂

One of the textbooks in our MLF202 Intermediate French is an adaptation of the first part of Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables. Designed to help people learning French, it is a simplified version from the Hachette publishing house.

Here is a translation of the dedication from the original Les Misérables:

So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom, a social condemnation which, in the midst of civilization, artificially creates a hell on earth, and complicates with human fatality a destiny that is divine; so long as the three problems of the century – the degradation of man by the exploitation of his labor, the ruin of woman by starvation, and the atrophy of childhood by physical and spiritual night – are not solved; so long as, in certain regions, social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words, and from a still broader point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, there should be a need for books such as this.

In the world of book dedications, that one is quite powerful, and it definitely sets the tone for the book.

I enjoyed reading Shadow of the Almighty — The Life & Testament of Jim Elliot, by Elisabeth Elliot. It is a wife's biography of Jim Elliot, one of the five missionaries martyred by the Aucas, composed largely of things Jim wrote in letters and personal journals. The title of the book comes from Psalm 91:1 "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty," which you can clearly see, as you read the book, is what Jim did in his life. Her dedication of the book to their daughter Valerie, who was a small child when her father was martyred, is especially touching. It reads as follows:
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