Yesterday, we spent ALL DAY in our jammies. I know that some of you have done this before, but it's a new thing for our family. When you live in the tropics, you really don't want to keep your stinky jammies on your stinky body for so long, but here in Jolly Olde Freezing Cold England, there is no stinky. Only snuggly warmness inside, lolling about. Fuzzy socks and all.
After supper, we said "Have a shower and put on your jammies", and the boys said "Ha HA! We have our jammies on already!"
So what did we DO all day, in our jammies?
We played Videogames, and online games.
We played chess.
We coloured pictures.
We played CDs and guitars.
We drank 247 cups of tea.
We read our way through the heaps of BOOKS we got for Christmas and from the library.
Beginning with the youngest appeal: "Stories of Dragons" by Gillian Doherty is beautifully illustrated (a different style to match each story) by Linda Edwards. A well-researched collection of twelve stories from around the world. I recognize tales from Chinese and Persian Myths, English and European Folklore and The Vedas. The boys really enjoyed these stories, especially Max. Dragons are such a popular theme around here! We were all sorry when we got to the end of this book.
"Paddington", England's favourite Bear, used to be a bit of a mystery for Max, who had never been to England before. The stories are so very English, but now that we are here the adventures of Paddington Bear speak to all the boys.
"My Family And Other Animals" by Gerald Durrell is a long-time family favourite. Young Gerald moves with his family to the Mediterranean and finds a vast new world of flora and fauna to discover. This is a book which you have to stop reading aloud to gasp for air and wipe your eyes, it's so hilarious. Any child who has ever collected bugs, looked at moss or had a pet lizard must have this book. It is good therapy for the parents of those budding naturalists, too. Easily readable-aloud to little ones with good vocabularies, each chapter is a story, and older kids will be entranced. One of Chas' best books of all time. The Chapter "Scorpions In A Matchbox" is so Chas.
"Boy", Roald Dahl's childhood and youth, another good one for older kids. Fans of Dahl's stories for young kids will enjoy moving on to these tales. A great book for grownups, too. Chas and Sam are both enjoying this autobiography.
I am reading Gerald Martin's "Officially Tolerated" Biography of Gabriel García Márquez, and I will write a review soon. This book should not have to share a review with anything else.