In my family, we are not beyond reading children's books. Even though the "children" in this household are 24, 22, and 20 years old. I suppose I could use as an excuse the fact that there are small nieces, nephews, and Godchildren in our extended clan.
Recently, we came across a delightful story: DUCK AND FRIENDS -- THE DINOSAUR BONES, by Donna McFarland.
Why is it delightful? It is like no other children's book I have ever read. And I have read many, believe me. Except to my son. He only allowed me to read COMBAT AIRCRAFT RECOGNITION to him when he was small. If I tried to read anything else to him, he would cry and smack his head on the floor. Although, even he might have tolerated this DUCK AND FRIENDS thing. It is a tale that seems to have come straight out of a child's imagination.
It is a story that is not bound by reality, in any way shape or form. Just exactly the way small children play. If you need a blimp, you can get one. No questions asked. And you will just automatically know how to fly it, naturally. If you need $200,000 worth of building materials? No problem there, either.
And the characters? Delightful. They are such good friends to each other -- caring for each other, respecting each other, helping each other, and having fun together! A good example in this day and age.
This is a wonderful read-aloud for kids who have not yet learned that skill. It is also a great book for reading instruction, for those in grades K-3, as the words are quite manageable. I really admire the way Donna weaves together such a fascinating adventure using vocabulary that will not frustrate the young student. And older brothers and sisters will delight in reading this story to their younger siblings. A good thing for all those in the family, I believe!
You can get this book from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions. Here is the link: