Lord of the Flies. Just wow. Such a deep look at human nature.
Yeah, most people save it for high school at the earliest. And it’s totally okay if you do that for your kids. It’s a little scary to contemplate what goes on with a bunch of 6-12 year old boys when they’re left to their own devices. It makes us think about our own base instincts and what might happen to us if we were in the same situation.
So maybe it should wait till middle school. But you know me. I don’t believe in reading levels. If you think your kids are old enough for the themes and some of the plot line, then read it with them. It provides such fantastic opportunities to discuss behavior and how we should treat other people.
This book, y’all. It was one of my childhood favorites and remains so to this day. I always wanted to live in Toad Hall. I know, Toad is supposed to be the bully in the story, but he’s the reason I love toads. I wanted his house.
The boys were just as enchanted as I was by the story of Rat, Mole, Badger, and all the animals of the riverside. We were able to create a unit based on this book that brought in all kinds of interesting stuff that led to nature walks and rabbit trails aplenty. There’s a reason The Wind in the Willows is still read by people of all ages. It has All The Things.
I’ve never met anybody who didn’t like the story of The Wizard of Oz. Even if they’ve never read the book.
But I’m telling you, you and your kids should totally read the book.
Because the slippers were silver, y’all. And while the story of how they became ruby for the film is pretty cool, silver slippers are also awesome.
The boys and I read Robinson Crusoe together when they were in the 4th and 2nd ‘grades.’
No, I’m not making that up. I’ve been telling you for years that you can read ANYTHING aloud with your children. It took the boys a few chapters to get used to the language, and yeah, I had to stop and explain words on numerous occasions, but they loved, loved, loved the book. And we got a ton of educational opportunities out of it.
What child wouldn’t love to imagine getting to spend some time alone on an island, eating whatever he wants, raising goats, building rafts, and all kinds of fun stuff? My boys thought it would be great fun. And they learned lots while we read the book.