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Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Caspian, Edmund, Lucy and Eustace have found all the elderly seven lords. In order to break the enchantment on the sleeping three lods, they have to sail to World's End and leave one member of their party behind. Instead of eating, they are drinking sweet water that fills them up. The sweet water is the same as the prophecy that Reepicheep heard as a little mouseling. Caspian, who is the current King of Narnia, wants to go to World's End/Aslan's Country, but Aslan told him not to go. If Narnia has no ruler, then there would be war. Caspian feels angry and then sad about this ("It's horrible"). Reepicheep sails to Aslan's Country. Edmund, Lucy and Eustace hesitantly head back to their world; they cannot stay in Narnia because their family is back in their world.



And that was his last mini-book report for the Dawn Treader. We'll do Who Was Abraham Lincoln? or The Hobbit next.

I wish Disney would make more Narnia movies (although Dawn Treader was the least enjoyable out of all three). The actors playing the Pevensies (22-30 years old) are in the right age to star in The Horse and His Boy.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

Oberon, who is furious at Titania, wants the Indian boy to work for him as a squire. Titania replies, "No, this is the son of a beloved friend." Oberon angrily takes revenge by making Titania fall in love with the first thing she sees, a man with a donkey's head. Puck mistakenly puts the flower's juice on the wrong person's eyes. Instead of making Demetrius fall in love with Helena, he ends up making Lysander fall in love with Helena. Since Titania is in love with Nick Bottom and isn't thinking right, Oberon successfully takes away the Indian boy. After he has the boy, Oberon reverses the enchantment on Titania.


Boxcar Children: The Mystery Cruise

The amazing Alden children, who are happily on vacation, meet Max on a cruise ship headed to Miami. Max wants to inherit his grandmother's house filled with antiques so he can open it as a museum, but someone is sabotaging him so he won't be able to get there in time to inherit. Tom/Thomas, who is in disguise, sabotages the trip by yelling "Man overboard!" and throwing something into the water. He tries to hide in the cabin during the passenger count, but the Alden children catch him. Tom also messes with the radio connections. The Alden children overhear Tom talking about 'C.' C turns out to be Carla, Max's cousin. The Alden children trick Tom into thinking the ship is arriving late. Max arrives on time, and Tom gets arrested.



J has learned and read passages from MND (and Twelfth Night) but not the entire play. I also read Charles & Mary Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare to him, so he knows the overarching plot of the play.

When he's a bit older I'll let him watch the 1999 movie (I didn't realize they're making another one). But I'd like to first finish reading Dawn Treader together so we can watch that movie together.
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Who Was George Washington? by Roberta Edwards


The Treaty of Paris ensured peace between the United States and Britain. After the Revolutionary War, George Washington longed to retire and live a happy, restful life with his wife and stepchildren. However, everyone wanted him to be president. John Adams, who later became the second president of the United States, had the second most votes so he became vice president. Back then each state had two votes to decide who would be president. After serving two terms as president, George Washington retired. He thoughtfully decided that two terms were long enough for presidents. He passed away two years later.



I've let J's reading logs slide because of the holidays (December) and preparations for his school spelling bee (Feb 3). We're getting back on track starting this week =)
I might ask him to do "Who Is Barack Obama?" next. (He has read the book but hasn't written a report on it.)
kirchara: "Tell me what you see." "I think it's called a map." -- The Demon Lexicon ("I think it's called a map.")
Who Was George Washington? by Roberta Edwards


American colonists did not want taxes on their tea, which was a very popular drink, because they were not represented in British parliament. They longed for freedom from the British government. General George Washington led the Continental Army against the British. Even though the army didn't have enough food and equipment, they eventually won against the British soldiers because they were fighting on home turf. More importantly, they wanted independence so badly that they were willing to die for it.

Boxcar Children: A Horse Named Dragon

The awesome Alden children catches a horse thief at Old Ranch trying to steal a bunch of horses. The horse thieves disguise the horses with hoof polish so people won't recognize the horses. The Alden children put together facts to solve the mystery. The thief steals a trailer covered with stickers to bring back two horses. One of the thieves, Vet, is arrested. Slim, who was making someone look bad, is given a second chance because he was the owner's best friend.



Extra that J typed on notepad (re: current U.S. spending on the military):

[Half a page of "!!!"]
The Americans are unbeatable since they pay A LOT for...defenses!
[Half a page of "!!!"]

It's night and day from the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
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Who Was George Washington? by Roberta Edwards

George Washington, who was the first president of the United States, had two older brothers. When his oldest brother sadly died, he became an officer in the militia and fought for the British colonies. After the French and Indian War, he was tired of war and decided to quit, get married and live a happy life at Mount Vernon. He was a farmer with a lot of slaves. His wife's daughter and lazy son later sadly died.

Boxcar Children: The Seattle Puzzle

The Alden children are on vacation in Seattle, and they find random notes/riddles appearing at random places. They think up answers to each riddle, and the answer is the next place that they need to go to. The last riddle is "Where it all began, in the heart of the city, where there are fans." They proceed to the Hungry Heart Diner, where the mystery began. Waiting at the diner are their fans: their family and friends, the people that they're visiting, the hotel manager, etc. Someone has made sure that they followed the riddles to the diner, the store, the Space Needle, the troll bridge then back to the diner.
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Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Lucy, Edmund and Caspian are on an island called World's End. Three sleeping bearded lords, who have been sleeping for seven years at Aslan's Table, are under an enchantment after one of them stupidly touched a knife that the White Witch used to kill Aslan. They need to break the enchantment. The girl they met on the island says her father can teach Caspian how to do that.

Boxcar Children: The Mystery of the Soccer Snitch

At the Alden children's soccer practice, a girl named Kayla receives a mean message that says she should not be an international mascot because she isn't a team player, she is a show-off, etc. The Alden children investigates and find out who wrote the mean message and who broke the window (extreme temperature difference). Kayla intentionally did those things and sent the letter to herself because she didn't want to be a mascot and she doesn't like soccer. Her parents let her quit soccer and sign up for an art program instead. She likes drawing and being an artist.



I was going to teach J quality adjectives (IEW), when I realized that he seldom uses adjectives in both his daily speech and writing. So for now I’m focusing on having him add one extra adjective to his writing.

I gave him the cue "The girl they met on the island," thinking that he would go with the predictable "beautiful girl" or "pretty girl." Instead, he went for "bearded."

He is an eight-year-old boy after all *g*
kirchara: An orange peeling. "I'm burlesque." (Burlesque orange)
Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

The Dawn Treader crew frightfully sails into darkness because Reepicheep, who is a talking mouse, wants to venture into it for honor. They hear someone yells for help, and they help him get on board. It turns out the man they save is Lord Rhoop, who is one of the seven lords they are looking for. After Lord Rhoop warns them of the land where dreams (and nightmares) come true, the Narnians on board except for Reepicheep start to fear the land. After they escape the darkness, the whole place thankfully disappears, and there is only the bright shining sun.

Boxcar Children: The Clue in the Corn Maze

A corn maze at a big farm is vandalized. The vandal tries to scare the farm owner, Ken, and leaves a note that says, "Cancel the festival or you'll just have trouble." The Alden children finds clues to find out who the vandal is. At first they suspect Ken's brother and Ken's son David because of a phone conversation. They catch the vandal in the act when she is trying to take back the note (she realizes she has gone too far). Peggy, the vandal, wants to buy the farm because it was owned for three generations in her family.
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Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

The Dawn Treader, which is a Narnian ship, sails to an island with a magician and a bunch of invisible beings. The chief of invisible beings orders Lucy to go read the magician's book so that they can be visible again. Lucy happily looks through the magician's book; she loves the pictures, reads a story she really loves, and says out loud the spell that makes everything invisible visible. Aslan appears.

Boxcar Children: The Pumpkin Head Mystery

Every night there's a haunted hay ride at Beckett farm. A spooky floating head keeps on scaring people. ("Is that part of the haunted hayride? I don't like it very much.") The Alden children find clues and discover that Jason, the tractor driver/mechanic is the one putting on a black cape and a pumpkin head. Jason doesn't want strangers to be at the Beckett Farm, and he doesn't want the farm to be sold to Mr. B, who wants to build houses on the land.

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