Read-Aloud Spotlight: A Lion to Guard Us

March 3, 2006 @ 6:01 am | Filed under: Books, History

006440333501_aa_scmzzzzzzz_ A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla. This short middle-grade nove has scored high on the “Please, Mommy, just one more chapter” meter for Rose (7 1/2) and Beanie (5). (Jane read it herself a couple of years ago.) It’s the story of three very young English children whose father is far away in Jamestown, making a home for the family in the New World. Their mother dies, leaving them penniless, stranded, and desperately anxious to make their way across the sea to join their father. The suspenseful account of their adventures, told in Bulla’s typically spare and straightforward prose, has kept my younguns trembling on the edge of their seats. (Okay, “on the arm of the couch” or “the precarious edge of the windowsill” would be more accurate, especially for Beanie.) Excellent living book for early American history studies, or (as is the case with us) just for fun.


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  1. Lissa — thanks for the heads up. I’ve requested it from the library as well as a couple of other Bullas that weren’t available last time I heard mention of his great writing style.

    My kids are enthralled with “Starlight Barking” — the sequel to 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith. A great, “keep reading mommy” kind of book!