Quick click book stack February 2021

Quick click book stack: February 2021

When you are homeschooling, books for homeschool parents should be on your list just as much as books for your children.  The great thing about your book stack is that it can be as wide and varied as you like. Reading for self-improvement is key to having a growing outlook as you homeschool your children.

This month I’m finally getting around to reading Building the Louvre which I picked up at the Louvre in Paris during our ultimate homeschool field trip family holiday to Europe in 2018. I had to get this book. It was not only the art and antiquities that fascinated me in this amazing museum; the architecture and internal decor alone are worth the visit. When you visit the Louvre, you don’t just look straight ahead, you absolutely must look up! More on this book further down.

Even though I’m not homeschooling my own children anymore, I still collect kids’ books. I’m building, or should say adding to, my library of living books for when the grandchildren visit – sound good? Of course it does. 

I like to pick up non-fiction books that teach and are also beautiful in themselves: good artwork, well-designed format and pleasant to browse even if you don’t want to read from cover to cover.  They also need to be well written and suited to reading aloud, and preferably hardback. My Butterfly Bouquet is a recent purchase I made for my two little grandchildren for Christmas. 

So here is February’s book stack:

Silas Marner

by George Eliot

This is the second time I’m reading Silas Marner. I’ve joined a reading group and we will meet at the end of March to discuss the book over dinner.

The good thing about re-reading a book is all the information you pick up that you missed the first time around. And it’s certainly a story rich enough to warrant at least a second read.

I took more notice of the bio of George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans) this time, which has coloured my view of her character descriptions and cultural insights/conclusions. I’m not sure I’m very sympathetic to her perspective and “social criticisms”, and treat them a little cynically.

Having said that, it’s a sensitive and rich story of the people of the time and is well worth reading with your older children. 

The Barefoot Investor

by Scott Pape

This is a popular book, so I wanted to read it (at last) to get the gist of what kind of financial advice my kids’ peers are discussing with them. Is it really the only money guide they will ever need?

I like to have 2-3 money or investing books in my book stack per year, to keep up with what’s going on and be useful to my children as they navigate finance and life decisions that involve money. Oh, yeah, and it’s useful for me, too.

 

Building the Louvre

by Guillaume Fonkenell

Do you know how old the Louvre is? Did you know that it began as a castle way back in 1202? It has had various uses over the centuries before being turned into a museum. The Louvre’s history is intertwined with the history of France, and you’ll learn about some of the kings and queens of France, Napoleon, and what was going on at the time of the various developments of the building.

This is a great living book with plenty of photos and an updated bird’s eye view diagram (as shown on the cover) of the building for every change that was made through the Louvre’s history. You can get this book from Amazon. It’s a great book to have if you are studying European history from the 13th century onwards. Or, if you love art, architecture and history.

 

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