1. Thanks for this episode. It was really timely! My preschooler loves wit and rhyming (Dr. Suess, Elephant and Piggy) and I’ve been trying to sort through which books are worth our time and which to forego. I really appreciate your humor and humility as you talk about that process!

    When we read The Lorax, my daughter was visibly upset about all of the trees disappearing and I was pleased that she was so concerned about protecting God’s creation…until I realized that she was upset because without any trees, the Once-ler family wouldn’t be able to make any more Thneeds. Her favorite part of the book was when “the whole Once-ler family was working full tilt.” #facepalm

  2. This is a great episode! I had so many thoughts to add, like Suess wrote some things that about just teaching language and language structure. The Foot Book, Hop on Pop, that sort. And then some books are deeper, like The Thinks You Think.

    I’ve got to think more about the facts vs ideas. I don’t think that is a clear line, as even the Usborne reference books, which I just LOVE, offer ideas as well as facts (at least as I understand it). Oh, my. I need a discussion of facts vs ideas vs opinions. But then, I live with a philosopher, I should ask him, too.

    And, did you know that Underground Grammarian texts (and old newsletters) are all here: https://sourcetext.com/grammarian/ I learned about this guy doing my MA in Linguistics. 😀

  3. I loved listening to this podcast…you gave me so very much to chew on. I had thought I understood what living books were, but I feel like I’m still really unsure. So I totally get what “junk food” books are. But thinking about young children who cannot yet read – picture books – I’m not sure that they fall into the twaddle category when they introduce kids to beautiful illustrations (e.g. Jan Brett) or ideas (e.g. Frog and Toad, and George and Martha are so much about friendship!), as well as those middle grade novels like the Redwall books which help build vocabulary and make readers more fluent so they CAN read greater, rich works of literature. Lol! I just heard the end of your podcast when you mentioned you hadn’t really touched on what is and isn’t a living book :). You should do that podcast too!

  4. Just want to thank you so much for emphasizing the importance of in person community (I think it was Pam). As valuable as podcast/FB groups are — including yours– I feel like there is a very concerning trend among homeschool moms to ONLY find community online!

  5. I decided to look up information about elbow chairs and discovered that and elbow chair is a wooden chair with arms. Formal looking in the early 1900’s with very little padding. For example a dining table chair with arms or desk chair with arms, square or barrel shaped. Sometimes I’ve seen them called an occasional chair. Where a standard dining chair one would be expected to sit up strait in, even lean slightly forward–one would never have rested one back against the chair-back of such a chair–It appears an elbow chair is the type one would’ve sat back in occasionally and rested ones elbows on its arms while folding hands in thought.

    1. This makes me laugh. I remember reading once that Miss Mason didn’t want couches for her students because she didn’t want them to get too comfortable. It makes me wonderful if an elbow chair was about as good as it was going to get with her! 😉

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