This evening our book was a delightful, rhyming book called “Bee-Bim-Bop” by Linda Sue Park. Bee-Bim-Bop is a Korean dish whose name means “mixed up rice”, according to the author’s note. The story is narrated by a little girl – presumably the author herself – as she accompanies her mom to the store, helps in the kitchen, sets the table, gathers her family, all the while getting hungrier and hungrier for Bee-Bim-Bop. The rhythm and rhyme of the text is fun to read, and the “refrain” in particular will hook you – although the narrator of the book is in such a hurry to eat…it may make you feel a bit frantic. Come to think of it, the recipe for Bee-Bim-Bop in the back of the book does sound pretty yummy! I think we will have to make some tomorrow.
In our extended read-aloud time, we finished Tom Sawyer! The book was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Tonight was full of adventure as Tom and Becky got lost in, and then escaped from, a vast network of caves. Meanwhile Huck saved the Widow Douglas from ruffians with the help of Mr. Jones (“the Welshman”) and his sons. And in the end, there is treasure, and we leave both boys appear well situated for success in their future endeavors.
We are both fond of collecting quotations, so we thought we would begin including favorite excerpts from our daily read aloud time. Tonight we came across the following gem:
After Huck says something that Mr. Jones finds particularly amusing “…the old man laughed loud and joyously, shook up the details of his anatomy from head to foot, and ended by saying that such a laugh was money in a man’s pocket because it cut down the doctor’s bill like everything.”
While we must now bid adieu to Tom Sawyer and his escapades, we shall continue tomorrow with one of his chief partners in crime in “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” – a book which many consider to be the first “Great American Novel”.
UPDATE: we made our own version of Bee-Bim-Bop (mostly following the recipe in the book – with a couple substitutions), and it was very tasty!!