Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Reading Runs In Our Family!

Kendall was so excited to get  a box full of books from Aunt Leta that she could not wait to start reading. My sister has taught kindergarten and first grade for many years and she is being moved up to Fifth Grade next year so she was getting rid of some books. We were glad to take them off her hands!! Kendall was really excited to see a stack of Junie B Jones Books. If you have never read Junie B Jones, she is so funny. Kendall was reading aloud to Nana and Grandpa the other night and we were both laughing out loud at Junie and her Grandpa's antics.

I recently finished an interesting book, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.  I had a hard time putting this book down as it was a mesmerizing story of a young girl named Victoria. Victoria is abandoned by her mother and placed in one foster home after another. At age nine she comes to live with Elizabeth, the owner of a vineyard. Elizabeth really seems to understand Victoria and all she has been through. While Victoria learns about life in the country she also learns about flowers from Elizabeth. In Victorian times, each flower represented a sentiment. People would send messages of love or anger by the flowers they chose for a bouquet. I found that very interesting as well! Elizabeth plans to adopt Victoria but a tragic misunderstanding leads to devastation on the vineyard and in Victoria's heart. Declared unadoptable, Victoria once again moves from foster home to foster home, growing up unloved and shattered. At age 18, Victoria is released to the streets and she begins a new journey working as a florist assistant. By a strange twist of fate, Victoria's past life with Elizabeth comes full circle. Fittingly the book ends with Hazel, the flower of reconciliation.

Now it is time to get ready for the kiddos! It will be a busy day!

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