After watching Disney's Tangled, which released to DVD on Tuesday, we read the old Brothers Grimm version of Rapunzel, out of our Worldbook Childcraft set. You can read it online in several places, including here, at GrimmStories.com, if you can't quite remember how the old story compares to the Disney remake (while you're there, you might want to click H.C. Andersen link, and read a few of his stories too - it's his birthday, today, you know).
Then, I read Peggy Orenstien's Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Dispatches From the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture, after hearing a blurb for the book on NPR, also that morning.
Orenstien is about nine years older than I am (meaning she missed out on the whole transformation of Prince Charming into the rowdy, skirting the law, yet adorable Han Solo/Starbuck/Remington Steele type hero we find being somewhat spoofed in Tangled), a feminist, and mother to one daughter (as opposed to my four), and she is not a Christian, so her viewpoint is quite different than my own, and it is the type of analytical, socio-psychology, that I don't usually read.
Even so, her short tome of motherly worry was interesting, and mostly entertaining. It would make good fodder for a book club discussion. Basically, it's a book of warning about the dangers of socialization, and as a mother of homeschoolers - that really, really made me laugh.
Beyond that, we read a whole plethora of picture books about birds, and their nests, but I'm hoping to save those to go along with tomorrow's post.
As usual though, you can find more book reviews and recommendation for children (and sometimes for their mothers, too) over at Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns' What My Child Is Reading link-up.
It's great to be a homeschooler.