Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Another Good Read Aloud

About a month ago we finished another very entertaining read aloud book called "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" by Robert C. O'Brien. This book is the Newberry Medal winner from 1972.

First off, if you haven't read a book out loud together in awhile, you should definitely give it a try. We have found that even if you pick a book at a higher reading level than some of your children, every one seems to still be able to follow along and enjoy the book. Right now my "audience" consists of kids from 4 years old up to 17 years old - quite a range to try and please. So far we've managed to pick books that make everyone happy.

This book was a great mix of adventure, suspense, humor and caring. The story involves a group of rats that have escaped from a scientific laboratory where they had been injected with something that allowed them to learn to read and write. It told of their journey to their new home and how they built up their advanced colony. Mrs. Frisby and her four children are mice who live near the rats. One day she has need of the rats' help and the rest of the story tells of how their friendship builds and how they help each other out in their times of need.

It was quite an enjoyable story that was at a fast enough pace to keep everyone wanting more. I love stopping at the end of a cliff-hanging chapter and making them wait until the next day to pick it up again!

If you're looking for a fun read aloud book, I would highly recommend "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH".


  1. Now that you've read the book, perhaps you'll want to rent the cartoon movie.

    We loved it and some of the songs on the soundtrack sound like broadway tunes!

  2. Hi to the 'other' Laura D, from Laura D! ;-) I enjoyed reading your review, and am adding this to my "to read aloud" books for our family! We, too, like to read to everyone at once, for us that includes a 21 month old to a 5 yr old (on the kid side) and then me and my dh! We have enjoyed the BoxCar children books, and I've been intrigued by the "My Name is America" boy-type history 'journals'. Have you ever read any of those, and have an opinion you'd care to share?
    Christ's Peace be with you!
    LauraD, too. ;-)