I seem to be able to get a lot more reading done than anything else these days. It's much easier to pick up and put down. I'm still reading Treasures from the Attic. Maybe it''s just me (and it has been at least 15 years since I read Anne Frank) but even with her mentions of family you get so caught up in what her experience was that you don't stop to think what it was like for others during that time. Anne had an aunt and uncle in England, an uncle in France, and an aunt, uncle, cousins, and grandma in Switzerland who were all very close as well as her mother's family who I think remained in Germany. (The book is from the documents of the Frank family so while her mother's family is certainly mentioned they are not the focus of the book.) What were they doing during and after the war? And I hadn't known that Anne's father had started the work of translating and editing her diary for publication before he had even been able to travel to see his family after the war ended and he returned to Holland.
We also read huge numbers of books with the boys and the on in the picture today is a favorite. Don't Frighten the Lion! by Margaret Wise Brown, about a little dog who wants to go see the zoo but is not allowed because she would frighten the animals, especially the lion. Her master comes up with a plan to take her anyway and with illustrations by H.A.Ray (of Curious George fame) you can imagine what critters there get into mischief and ruin their fun. It's a super cute book that I am so glad I found on the PaperBackSwap because I have never come across it anywhere else.
Now I'm off to see what else is going on with the other Yarn Alongers at small things.
And maybe I'll even be able to check in on the Stash Bash tomorrow at Crunchy Catholic Momma, since I am working on projects from the stash. (Just not making much progress, but I suppose I can argue that I'm also working on my enjoyment of "process" over "product" right?)