Welcome back to my bookshelf. We’re continuing on with the short shelf today, and I confess that the next two on the shelf I’ve yet to finish, so you’ll be getting my thoughts on Heat Wave by Richard Castle (yup, from the television series) and The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer when I’ve finished them.
So the next book on my shelf is The Wanderer by Sharon Creech. Another children’s book, appropriate for the older years of elementary school, this book is another one I haven’t read in a very long time, but it’s exceptionally well-worn. This was one of those required-reading things I did at that age, either in fourth or fifth grade. I can’t remember if I read it on my own, or if it was one that the teacher read out loud, but I remember that I loved it so much my mother got me my own copy.
The story follows Sophie on a trip across the ocean, in a diary format. It’s a beautifully written piece that also follows her emotional journey where she discovers things about herself and her family. You learn a lot about ships as well, because it includes a satisfying amount of technical information about all sorts of things, including how fiberglass works. I loved that as a child.
It’s a delightful tale that actually teaches kids a lot about a lifestyle I can almost guarantee none of them have lived. So if you’re looking for a book to share, it’s a wonderful option.