There is no Frigate like a Book

There is no Frigate like a Book

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul –


I adore this poem and thought it was fitting because though E loves books I think with chapter books she has realized just how cool they are.  We started with Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald (amazon affiliate link) when I checked it out from the library as I used to love the series when I was a kid.  Each chapter is a mini story of sorts about a child with some bad habit or issue and the cures vary, like a girl who won’t take a bath so her parents plant radish seeds on the layer of dirt in her skin while she sleeps.  I think they’re wacky enough for E to understand they’re just pretend stories.

The big moment happened, however, when “Dinosaurs Before Dark” by Mary Pope Osborne (amazon affiliate link) came up on the hold shelf.  I had never read the Magic Tree House Books but my mother in law said this would be a great starter series for E and she was so right!  With each short chapter E’s eyes got bigger and bigger, there were pictures every few pages to help show her what she was hearing and we had to finish the book over breakfast because each chapter ended with her asking for more.

Two children find a tree house that magicks them away to places they see in the books stored there.  In the first book Jack and Annie go back in time to see dinosaurs.  Now, I am sure there are some dinosaur details that are a little off but it is a great starting point of discussion.  It reminds me of how The Egypt Game (amazon affiliate link) made me feel as a young girl.

To borrow an interview concept from The Wish to Find Out:

Me: Did you like that book?
E: Yuppie!
Me: What did you like about it?
E: “All the way through. I want you to read lah [that] book again!”

Highly, highly recommended.

2 thoughts on “There is no Frigate like a Book

    1. I think maybe sooner than that, she is already liking more involved books like Bedtime for Frances, I’m glad you’re excited, it is a lot more fun to read one long book versus reading the same short ones over and over again.


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