Monday, September 12, 2011

In Which We Enjoy Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel

Despite being a houseful of girls (and, obviously, Philip), this book about a piece of machinery is one of our favorite books. We read it aloud. Often.

And though we are not a unit study type homeschoolers, here are a few resources we've also enjoyed:

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel [Hardcover]Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel This book is available for $0.01 (yes, that's ONE PENNY) at Amazon. I also see this book all the time at thrift stores and library sales. Which begs the question: who on earth is getting rid of this book?! Anyway, you ought to have a copy of it and it won't cost you much.

You can also get this book with c.d You know, for those times when you're tired of reading it aloud. How I wish we had a record version of this. (Remember the old "you'll know it is time to turn the page when you hear the chimes ring like this" records? Wow, how old am I?!)

Corduroy...and More Stories About Caring The girls have enjoyed this storybook classics DVD that includes Mike Mulligan (also favorite stories like Corduroy and I Love You Like Crazy Cakes among others). I'm not a big fan of TV for kids but these DVDs are gentle versions of the familiar stories (in some cases they are live action and some they simply use the original book illustrations).

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel®Mike Mulligan Maestro Classics CD. Oh my, does our Sweet Pea love this disc! In the first place, all the Maestro classics CDs are excellent. (We own several and have a few more on our wishlist.) Sweet Pea listened to this three out of five quiet times last week and that is not an exaggeration. (And no, this isn't exactly the quietest CD for quiet time, but hey, Sweet Pea & Fen were in bed, being still and listening. That counts.)

There's also an Official Mike Mulligan website and you can find many more printables and unit study ideas here: Free Mike Mulligan Resources from Homeschool Share, just in case you are inclined to be all unit study-ish.

I'm attempting to get Fen into this book (and others like it) because all those Thomas the Tank engine books are tedious and downright dull to read ("twaddle" anyone?). At what point do little boys transfer allegiance from trains to heavy machinery? 'Cause that day can't come too soon as far as I'm concerned.

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