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Book reports and Tweens


Every month I dread the book report assignment. My daughter has to do one every month and every month I have to nag her to finish the book never mind get her to do the report.

This month she had to pick a non-fiction book. This made it that much worse. It's hard enough finding a fiction book that she'll read now I had to find a non-fiction book. It was all so typical. Oh, it couldn't be the Diary of Anne Frank as they are reading it later in the year. Again fabulous. I know she would like that one. It was always one of my favorites. Also books about dogs are out as well so no Marley & Me Not that you can get through that one without crying. Last year it took her forever to find a book and she barely got through it. It seemed to drag and drag for her. This year I took matters into my own hands and found her a book I thought she may find slightly interesting.

It was Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography by William Anderson. I thought she might like it as she would sometimes watch Little House on the Prairie. That show was one of my favorites. Who didn't enjoy watching the everyday life of the Ingall's family? I personally loved watching Laura fall in love with Almonzo.

Anyway, I was hoping she would have some interest and be able to get though it quickly. Well I have to say I was pleasantly surprised not only did she get through it quickly she gave me regular updates on what was going on in the book. The way I see it is if she is talking about the book while reading it she must me enjoying it. She loved it. She found Laura's life to be very interesting and she whipped through her book report quickly. So score one for mom.

In conclusion all I have to say is thank you Laura Ingalls Wilder for having such an interesting life and thank you William Anderson for writing this book. It made this months book report a breeze. Now we'll have to wait and see what the topic is for next month. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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