We had a lull in doing read-alouds over the summer, but we started another book recently that’s great for reading aloud. We’re currently reading Emily Bearn’s Tumtum & Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall, an illustrated collection of charming stories about a couple of married mice named Tumtum and Nutmeg, who live in a house they built inside a hidden broom cupboard in a British cottage. The stories have an old-fashioned feel to them and are exciting and fun to read. They remind me of Beatrix Potter’s tales as well as Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge stories. Unlike some other read-alouds I have read, this book holds the attention of my wiggly 4-year-old! She says that it’s a fun story but she was a little worried that the mice would die. (A mouse-hating human discovers Tumtum and Nutmeg’s hiding place and comes up with a plot to poison them, but the mice foil her plan with the help of other mice.)
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