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    The Tenth Birthday Gift

    October 18, 2011 by Brandy Vencel

    What does one buy for a ten-year-old boy on his birthday? Especially one who already owns his weapons of choice? Well…if he likes to read, one buys him this:

    The Story of Rolf
    and the Viking Bow
    by Allen French

    “He’s going to love it,” says my E.-Age-Nine of his best friend.

    Obviously, he has good taste already.

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  • Reply Pam... October 19, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Thanks. I will copy out your list for later or for library. I think the only one I will get books for is the 15 yr old. He likes the 2 inch+ thick books in a series, and reads like crazy. I might change my mind though. Last year was book year for everyone, even extended family.

    But we do have books everywhere right not! And the others do so much reading. (No tv). Thanks for the list!

  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts October 18, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Well, if you are serious about gift ideas…

    I *do* love to talk books, so I will pretend you are serious. πŸ™‚

    The children’s grandma just asked for a list of book ideas for Christmas, and this is what I said {just to clarify, she does not buy all of these, but she likes a big list to choose from}…

    For 9yob: 2 Allen French titles {The Red Keep and The Lost Baron}, and 1 GA Henty title {Wulf the Saxon}

    For 6yog: The Priest with Dirty Clothes by RC Sproul, Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel, and Calico Dorsey by Susan Lendroth

    For 4yog: The Barber who Wanted to Pray by RC Sproul, Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina, and Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

    For 3yob: The Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall, Obadiah the Bold by Brinton Turkle, and Obadiah and Rachel by Brinton Turkle

    I also suggested some books they could all share: The Librarian who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Laskey, John Calvin by Simonetta Carr, Augustine of Hippo by Simonetta Carr, Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World by Paul Meier

    Most of these are not excessively girlie or boyish {though I would probably never buy a girl a book by French or Henty}, so I am sure that whatever she ends up getting will be “shared.” πŸ™‚

    You may own most of these already, but these were what I thought of for her, and maybe they will be of some help to you! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Pam... October 18, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Oh no. That would make it too simple. 8 boys and 5 girls; but really not so bad. Only 8 of them in my little schoolhouse!

  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts October 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm


  • Reply Pam... October 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Ok. Sounds good. Got the 10 yr old.
    Now suggestions for the 26,25, 21, 18,16, 15, 13,12,11, 8, 5, and 3 year olds? LOL~

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