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Posted: March 17 2005 at 5:28am | IP Logged Quote Molly Smith

We had fun yesterday with two "diary" type picture books. The first was The Gardener by Sarah Stewart. It's about a depression era family who sends their daughter to the city to live with her uncle and help him in his store. It's a beautiful story of the softening of his heart during her visit. The second was Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin. What fun! We laughed and laughed! Believe it or not, there actually were some comparisons to be made! If someone's itching for a silly venn diagram, these would work!

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Posted: March 17 2005 at 2:19pm | IP Logged Quote julia s.

My son and I loved those books too. Oh, I love reading a great book with my son for the first time and I'm happy that you had such wonderful day.

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Posted: March 17 2005 at 3:28pm | IP Logged Quote Lissa

Molly Smith wrote:
The second was Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin. What fun! We laughed and laughed!


Molly! I searched our shelves last week for our copy of this book--I wanted to review it for the blog. Couldn't find it, wah! You're right, it's hilarious. Very clever.

Hey, when I do find it & write the review, can I quote you? I love your idea of comparing it to other diary books--I'll have to look for the one you mentioned. Thanks for the suggestion!



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Posted: March 17 2005 at 3:33pm | IP Logged Quote Dawn in Ohio

Diary of a Wombat is hilarious!!!!

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Posted: March 18 2005 at 4:42am | IP Logged Quote Molly Smith

Sure, you can quote me, Lissa. It is a fun book and I'm sure we we'll be reading it a bunch more times, too, before it has to be returned--I'm looking forward to reading it again .

Dawn, I'm going to head to my library's site now for Diary of a Wombat. Thanks for the recommendation!

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Posted: July 06 2009 at 2:58pm | IP Logged Quote stefoodie

Just wanted to give another (okay, two) thumbs up for The Gardener. What a fabulous summer/gardening book!

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Posted: April 13 2010 at 6:11am | IP Logged Quote stefoodie

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Pirate Diary

just got this one -- we have the Castle Diary (from the same author/illustrator team, and now i feel bad that we have the paperback version of Castle Diary. Pirate Diary is large and full-color! i also read a review on amazon that expressed disappointment about the paperback mostly b&w versions.

i'm still vacillating as to whether it's a good thing to have the kids read pirate books (what's redeemable about these guys?), but it is fun.


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