Monday, March 31, 2014

Around the World in 80 Days

\Jill R. Ehm-Creator's photo.
For our first Poppins Nook Club book review the theme is Where in the World.  So, it just made sense to read, Around the World in 80 Days. Great stuff.

I'm reading to and 5/6th grader and an 8th grader-  logic stage kids who read voraciously. I've read this out loud before, which I vaguley remember, but Feeche did, in living color.
Poppins Book Nook - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom
The story was written by Jules Verne in 1864. His father disowned him for pursuing a career in the theater rather than in law. Adversity caused Verne to write- often and well -as he churned out Five Weeks in a Balloon, Around the World in 80 Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in a matter of a few years. The concepts are brilliant given the time period in which he wrote.

As always I'm stuck by the brilliant wordsmithery of Jules Verne. He is a master craftsman. If you want to expose your kids to beautiful words, brilliantly rendered, look no further than Verne;

"The mysterious habits of Phileas Fogg were recalled; his solitary ways, his sudden departure; and it seemed clear that, in undertaking a tour round the world on the pretext of a wager, he had no other end in view than to elude the detectives, and throw them off his track."

Phileas Fogg places his trust and financial future in the hands of modernity as he races to beat the clock and travel round the world in 80 days. He, while dispassionate and mechanical, travels with a Passepartout, his loyal and passionate valet, picks up a few strays along the way and sees the world. Well, he would see the world if he'd ever leave his seat. In the end, he finds the most valuable treasure of all, without even realizing he was looking for it.

It's rollicking good fun. A grand adventure- when the world was newer and not so wholly connected as it is now. Totally appropriate for kids and adventurer es of all ages. This would be a terrific book to study as a unit, create a lapbook with, put on a play over. Or just read out-loud, laughing at the antics of good-hearted Passepartout, and re-reading the lovely word-play of Verne.

For more great books from this months Book Club. And for tons of creative lapbooking and globe-trotting fun check out Poppins Book Nook  as well as  these other creative blogs to find more “Where in the World” themed books and activities.

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Faith and Good Works ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~World for Learning ~ The Kennedy Adventures ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~Mom's Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

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Wendy @ Simplicity Breeds Happiness said...

I read Around the World in 80 Days to my boys too! I'll be writing about it tomorrow :).

Ashley said...

What a great selection! The story is amazing isn't it!