Living Books

“Our business is to give him mind-stuff, and both quality and quantity are essential.
Naturally, each of us possesses this mind-stuff only in limited measure, but we
know where to procure it; for the best thought the world possesses is stored in
 books; we must open books to children, the best books; our own concern is
 abundant provision and orderly serving.”
— Charlotte Mason, A Philosophy of Education 
 p. 26

Today was our first day of school.  In the course of the day, I felt blessed to read these words aloud:

In this book you will find the story of the people of Britain. The story tells how they grew to be a great people, till the little green island set in the lonely sea was no longer large enough to contain them all. Then they sailed away over the blue waves to far-distant countries. Now the people of the little island possess lands all over the world. These lands form the empire of Greater Britain.

Many of these lands are far, far larger than the little island itself. Yet the people who live in them still look back lovingly to the little island, from which they or their fathers came, and call it “Home.” 

—  An Island Story, H.E. Marshall

Once upon a time, sixty years ago, a little girl lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, 
in a little gray house made of logs.
Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder

In addition, Cameron began Robinson Crusoe, and Ben read a bit from English Fairy Tales
Hooray for living books!

One thought on “Living Books

  1. This warmed my heart for those days in my homeschooling. Yes, Once upon a time. Enjoy , enjoy. We had to read through so many books several times through the years with 5 kids!


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