Monday, December 06, 2010

The complexities of life

Dr John asked us yesterday if someone could have two wives or two husbands by law. I replied that no, not by swiss law and inquired as to why he had asked that question. He said that he wants to marry E but she says that although she loves Dr John, she is going to marry N so Dr John thought he could solve the problem if they could both marry her.

So his parents proceeded to offer two different pieces of advice.
Chris Evan's? Play it cooler than N and she'll choose you.
Me? You have years until you have to solve this so I'd worry about it then.

I wonder what this says about our differing philosophies of life...

Friday, December 03, 2010

The 11 Book Challenge

After the success of the 10 book challenge, Dr John has asked to do another one.

So, I chose 4 books and he chose the rest and we discussed the suitability of all of them.  Dr John declared it an 11 book challenge as he couldn't cut it down to 10, which is my kind of dilemma!

So, we now have (with links to be added when I get time):

Usborne Spiders beginners book
The Musicians of Bremen
The Emperor and the Nightingale
Baba Yaga and the Flying Witch
Barn on Fire
The Ugly Duckling
Stories of Magical Animals
See Inside Ancient Rome
The Cuddliest Cuddle in the World
I am Learning All the Time
Commotion in the Ocean

No doubt, as before, the selection will change, but I don't think reading should be that rigid, should it?

The 10 Book Challenge - Complete!

Yes, the 10 book challenge is complete.  Dr John has really been motivated to read because of this (Okay, I realise that the 'prize' at the end was a huge factor, but still) and there has been a definite improvement in his reading.

Of course, Dr John wouldn't be Dr John if we hadn't had a lot of chopping and changing along the way, so not only did the prize change (he chose a lego advent calendar in the end, which we probably would've got him anyway, cheeky mummy!) but the 10 books too.

So he read:
The Leopard and the Sky God
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Michael Recycle
Green Eggs and Ham
Happy Hector
Lost and Found
The Little Red Hen
The Scaredy Cat
The Wish Fish
and The Gingerbread Man

A great selection of books, which all gave some challenges.  I'm very proud of my lad.