“The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo has been Chloe Jennewein’s best-loved novel. She says, “I like to play with my own stuffed animals and dolls and pretend they have thoughts and a life to live. That’s what happens in the book.”
Lindsay Belew noticed “how passionate Emme was” about that book. “She had so much sympathy for Edward as he went through so many difficult obstacles.” The mom savored “The Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson “because it opened up so many opportunities to discuss real life issues with Emme – poverty and being thankful for the blessings in our own lives, bullying and standing up for yourself and others, being an independent thinker, poor choices vs. smart choices (using curse words, lying, loyalty) as well as death.”
Members also have read “Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison” by Lois Lenski and “If You’re Missing Baby Jesus” by Jean Gietzen.
They have settled into a routine: “The host for the month chooses the book and provides a light snack,” Jennewein explains. “Hosting is part of the learning experience. Our daughters help decide upon and prepare the treat to share and give a hand with the process of getting the house ready for company. I come prepared with a list of questions to get us started. We let the girls do most of the talking if they are willing. At first they were very shy and the moms had to carry the conversation. But for this month, Emerson asked to lead the discussion with her own questions since she chose the book!”
Everyone gets their own copies, either from a bookstore, Kindle or library. It’s up to each pair how they are read and whether they share or each has a copy. “At my home, we’ve both read the book aloud together and apart separately.”