“Another person asked me that question. I am not afraid. I am looking for Robin Hood”
Today I read Robin Hood. It is in the Penguin Readers. Robin Hood was born in the forest, and the forest was his home for much of his life. His story is hundreds of years old. At that time, in England, many Saxon people lived in small villages on the lands of important Norman lords(from Normandy, now in France). Other people lived on church lands. Life was hard for these villages because they had to give money and food to their lord and to the church.
Austin, Liz, Robin Hood, Penguin Readers; London, 2000.
“Everything quiet. Feel I’m on the floor of the sea. Bourdette trying to send me to sleep with his eyes. Figures seem to move when you’re not watching.”
I read Simply Suspense. It is in the Penguin Readers. In a strange country, a man has to open one of two doors. One door will bring him love. The other will kill him.Which will it be? In a French hotel, a woman goes into her room. But it is not her room. There is a strange man in the bed. What will she do if he wakes up? In an English town, a newspaperman asks to stay the night in a waxworks. The people standing round him are all killers but they are not real- they are only wax. So why is he afraid?
Kerr, J.Y.K, Simply Suspense, Penguin Readers; London, 1991.
“I’m sorry,but I can’t do anything. We all think he killed Telford and perhaps Alvin Howell, but we don’t know. What’s happening across the road?”
Today, I read The Weirdo. It is in the Penguin Readrers. Sam lives by the Powhatan Swamp, in Carolina. She can’t forget that day when she was nine, when she found the dead man. Seven years later, she goes back into the swamp and stays there for a night. She is very afraid. Then she meets ‘The Weirdo’- a boy, called Chip. After that, nothing is the same again…
Taylor, Theodore, The Weirdo, Penguin Readers; London, 1994.
‘ No, but I will be crasy if I leave you. Where will I go without you? You’re the only person who’s ever been good to me. And there will be a strange girl sleeping in my bed where I used to lie at night and think of you…’
Today I read Ethan Frome. This is in the Oxford Bookworms Library. In the early years of the 20th century, life on a farm in Massachusetts is not easy. The New England winters are hard; snow and ice cover the fields for months, and the nights are long and cold. For a poor farmer like Ethan Frome, life has few bright moments. Ethan is a slow, quiet man, but he feels things strongly. He feels the beauty of the world around him – stars shining in a moonless sky, the blue shadows of trees on sunlit snow. He feels the sad loneliness of his life, locked in a loveless marriage to Zeena, a cold, silent woman, whose only interest is her own ill health. Then Zeena’s cousin, Mattie Silver, comes to live in the famhouse, and as the months pass, Ethan feels a new hapiness stealing into his life. He loves to watch Mattie’s face across the dinner table, to see her sweet smile and hear her soft voice, to walk arm in arm with her across the snowy fields. His wife Zeena says very little, but her cold, watchful eyes see everything…
Wharton, Edith, Ethan Frome, Oxford University Press; New York, 1997
‘Come on! Run!’ ‘The devil’s after us!’
Today I read Moondial. This is in the Oxford Bookworms. In the garden of Belton House stands a sundial, but the shadow that falls on it at night comes from moonlight, not sunlight. And a moondial tells a different kind of time. Minty Cane has a sixth sense which understands things that cannot be seen or heard by other people. When she first enters the garden at Belton House, she knows at once that there is some mystery waiting for her and the moondial is at the heart of the mystery. Soon the moondial takes Minty travelling, to the same garden a hundred years ago. There she meets Tom, a poor servant boy with a painful cough. And then the moondial sends her even further back to another century, where she hears a child’s sad voice singing in the moonlit garden…
Cresswell, Helen, Moondial, Oxford University Press; New York, 1996
‘galloping down the main road? Even the police car couldn’t catch him! What a horse!’
Today I read ‘Who, Sir? Me, Sir?’ Sam Sylvester is a teacher who wants his class to have ambition, and to do great things in life. So he enters them for a sporting competition against the rich students of Greycoats School. The team that he has chosen for the competition think Sam has gone crazy. ‘Who, Sir? Me, Sir?’ says little Hoomey, his eyes round with horror. ‘We’ll never beat Greycoats.’ The others cry. ‘Never in a million years!’But you don’t know what you can do until you try.
Peyton, K.M, ‘Who, Sir? Me, Sir?’, Oxford University Press; New York, 1995
‘I am an old. I thought you were just a herd-boy. Let me go now, and I will go away.’
Today I read “The Jungle Book.” In the jungle of Southern India the Seeone Wolf-pack has a new cub. He is not a wolf – he is Mowgli, a human child, but he doesn’t know anything about men. He lives and hunts with his brothers the wolves. Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther are his friends and teachers. And Shere khan, the carnivorous tiger, is his enemy.
Kipling’s famous story of Mowgli’s adventures in the jungle has been loved by young and old for more than a hundred years.
Kipling, Rudyard, The Jungle Book, Oxford University Press; New York, 2000