Sunday, March 6, 2016

Books, Books & Books: On Practical Mondays (Week # 4)



Let's get real. My son refuses to speak Hindi (& has probably forgotten how to put together a simple sentence) and our grand plan of allocating breakfast time for speaking only in Hindi is.... just.not.working. (umm... something to do with ...us forgetting all about it?)

So I have a new plan. Books. In Hindi. 

The first one got him hooked, irrespective of the language. It is about a handicapped girl who had lived all her life on a wheelchair. She had to live away from her family, in a hospital till she was 18! She didn't get better, yet she loved participating and winning in races! Once she went out of town to participate, but the organisers told her she couldn't since there wasn't any other female participant. She was disappointed, but  she wanted it so bad, that she decided to run in the men's race! When she went to the start line, she saw her competition: big strong men, some who had even been in the army! Her heart beat loudly but she was determined. 

(When he narrated it to his father, his father looked at me with that "why are you reading such a depressing book" look. Go ahead, you can say it, it *is* kinna sad!)  

But wait! What happened next? 

Of course she won! Taught us a very valuable lesson: never give up trying, however difficult things may seem! 


You can teach almost *anything* to a child with the help of a good book. So over to our featured posts from past link ups that may help you pick out your next one!

The Practical Mom: Books, Books & Books: On Practical Mondays (Week # 4)


 Sled Dogs & Iditarod   |  Embark on the Journey 


 Black History  |   Our Home of Many Blessings 


 World War II   |  Our Unschooling Journey


 Elections   |   Desperate Homeschoolers 


 Brazil & Korea   |    Pages and Margins 


Teeth  |  Simply Knowledge Homeschool


 Clouds   |    Mimi and the Grands 




The Practical Mom: Books, Books & Books: On Practical Mondays (Week # 4)


& now enough about the kids. Which book are YOU reading these days? and which was the last interesting book you read? 



(I'm reading All The Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders and the before this I read the most amazing The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain, a romance novella- I think this is the first time I read a romance book in 20 years, it's just not my thing! But this was more to do with the romance of Paris & everything French!)


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31 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting. I'm reading right now All The Stars in The Heavens...having trouble getting into it, but I'll keep going as some books take awhile to really enjoy.

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    1. Is it the one by Adriana Trigiani? Sounds interesting! Have you read The Shoemaker's Wife?

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  2. Im so I happy that I was one that was featured!!! Thank you for hosting.Right Now I'm reading Created to be His Helpmeet. ....again,lol. This book is a real kick in the pants! Hope to see you tomorrow!

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  3. Today I've been reading Sea Glass Island; a total romance/ comdey for fun. I had the house to myself and just wanted something light hearted where I didn't have to think.

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  4. I have been reading "Spark Joy" by Marie Kondo. If you are interested in KonMari at all, this book is a must-read! My house is slowly transforming :)

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    1. I've heard so much about the KonMari method! Thanks for the recommendation:)

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  5. It is amazing what books can teach us. Thanks for hosting and hope you have a wonderful week :)

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    1. Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

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  6. I just finished Longbourn - almost like a companion book to Pride and Prejudice, but from the perspective of the housekeepers and other servants downstairs. A good read! Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Hey I saw this recommendation in Huff Post's list, here's the link in case you missed it : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/off-the-shelf-/11-literary-servants-tell_b_9377128.html

      (PS: I'm a downtown fan, I may like this book too!)

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  7. Great to hear that books are helping with your son's minority language. We do this too. We read a lot, but always choose one book to read every day for a week and do playtime activities alongside. This week it's Room on the Broom. For myself, I just finished 'Outline' by Rachel Cusk and loved it.

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    1. Very interesting! Have added Outline to my kindle wishlist.

      Yes, I'm hoping the books help - honestly it feels like starting from square one !

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  8. I wish I had done better about reading to my kids in our second language. :( I am currently reading a Biblical fiction novel called Counted with the Stars about an Egyptian slave girl who leaves Egypt with the Hebrews after the Ten Plagues. I am really, really enjoying it! Thanks for hosting such a great link-up!
    Tina

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    1. Egyptian slave girl who leave egypt- wow!

      I hope I had done better about my kid's minority language too- i.e. speak the language more often! sigh! hope the reading helps!

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  9. Thanks for the invite, Swapna. I too face hardships, making my kids talk in their mother tongue. Books are a really good idea to try. I am reading 'Brown Girl Dreaming' by Jacqueline Woodson for second time.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Ambika! Brown Girl Dreaming seems like a good recommendation:)

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  10. Hi, thankyou so much for hosting again. I'm off to tweet this as there are so many good links! 😀

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  11. Very true. My wife is having a hard time remembering to speak Thai with our son but he does enjoy reading his Thai books with her.

    #fartglitter

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    1. That's fantastic! It's like a switch goes on every time we open a book , lol

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  12. Thanks for featuring my post on clouds. Right now I am reading House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck, about Nathaniel Hawthorne told from the point of view of his artist wife, Sophia Peabody. Another great book I read recently was The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah which revolves around the lives of two French sisters during World War II.

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    1. Interesting book! Have bookmarked it on amazon:)

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  13. Our four year old woke up on her birthday last week and read a few words out of a book on her own for the first time. This is the start of big things!
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub x

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    1. That's so great! When mine learns to read out new words it makes me so happy!:)

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  14. When we returned to America after living in China for three years, I so wanted to help my child remain bilingual. We used literature in Chinese for awhile and had a lot of fun (although ultimately failed at our goal :( Thanks for the tips thanks for linking up with us at the #LMMLinkup.

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  15. What a great idea to use reading to your son in Hindi so that he might keep the language.

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.

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