Boys Book Club – Wishbone – Beowulf

March 19, 2010 at 9:26 am (Uncategorized)

The boys book club my youngest son joined last month met again yesterday.  The boys are now going to be reading the Wishbone books!  I am very excited about this because I have such great memories of reading them with my oldest son. Although these books are now out of print, my oldest son LOVED them so we own many of them already.  If you have kids over the age of 10 you probably remember the PBS show Wishbone.  The premise of the show (and the books) is that Wishbone, a cute little dog, imagines himself as  the main character in classic stories.  He also has a current day story going with his owner Joe that follows the same theme as the classic story. 

Beowulf was the first story…and boy was it a BOY story!  LOL  Dragons, monsters, swords, and lots of action packed fighting!  What is not to love?  My little man was on the edge of his seat from cover to cover!  The writer did a good job of taking a classic tale that is intended for a much older audience and introducing it to kids.

Here are some pictures of the boys at book club…

Discussing the book.

My little man working on his Beowulf craft.  A SWORD!

Making swords is a GOOD boy craft!

He likes it!

It’s even better after adding a few jewels!

Yep, boys book club was a hit!

My son is already excited about reading the next book, which is based on Treasure Island!  There are actually several series of Wishbone books.  The ones we are starting with are The Adventures of Wishbone series.  Here are the books we will be reading in the coming months:

Salty Dog based on Treasure Island
The Prince and the Pooch based on The Prince and the Pauper
Robinhound Crusoe based on Robinson Crusoe
Hunchdog of Notre Dame based on The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Digging Up the Past based on Rip Van Winkle
The Mutt in the Iron Muzzle based on The Man in the Iron Mask
Muttketeer based on The 3 Musketeers
A Tale of Two Sitters based on A Tale of Two Cities
Moby Dog based on Moby Dick
The Pawloined Paper based on The Purloined Letter
Dog Overboard based on Kidnapped
A Pup in King Arthur’s Court based on A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthurs Court
The Last of the Breed based on The Last of the Mohicans
Digging to the Center of the Earth based on Journey to the Center of the Earth
Gullifur’s Travels based on Gulliver’s Travels
Terrier of the Lost Mines based on King Solomon’s Mines
Ivanhound based on Ivanho
Huckleberry Dog based on Huck Finn
Twenty Thousand Wags Under the Sea based on Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

As you can see the boys will be getting some great exposure to some wonderful classic literature!  I am so thankful for the mom who is hosting this in her home each month!  My son is LOVING having his own boys book club and I am thrilled to see him SO excited to dig into books!

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous said,

    This sounds like so much fun! Can you tell us more about this? I was thinking maybe I could recreate it for boys in my area, but I don't know what to do. I have a 9 year old son – would boys his age be too old for this? What do you discuss? I'd appreciate any guidance!

    Barbara

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