Felicity: A Revolutionary Girl

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Today marks one week until Independence Day. As a Daughter of the American Revolution, this day holds much significance for me and my family. It is one of one of my favorite holidays and I look forward to it every summer. For the next week, I will highlight books guaranteed to put you in a patriotic mood. 

I will start this countdown with one of my favorite series of books as a girl, Felicity: An American Girl. I have such fond memories of my parents reading me those stories when I was little. I wanted to be just like Felicity. I relished taking horseback riding, guitar and etiquette lessons. I also completed a sewing sampler (with help from my grandmother who taught me to sew) and dressed up as Felicity for Halloween. The sweet tales with their themes of friendship, loyalty and standing for principles would captivate me for hours. They also made want to learn as much as possible about the Revolutionary War. Not only are the stories fun to read, but they also include a section at the end with historical background. This feature gives readers the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the Revolution – an absolute must for a history nut like me! I hope you enjoy these books as much as I do! 

 

Happy Jolabokaflod!

As it is a week before Christmas, I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about the Icelandic tradition of Jolabokaflod. On Christmas Eve, the people of Iceland exchange books with each other and spend the evening reading. (Show of hands, how many of you are now looking up airfare to Iceland? Ok, good, it’s not just me 🙂 ) In preparation, there is a flurry of books published and purchased in the months leading up to Christmas. This market for Christmas stories is known as Jolabokaflod, which reflects the highly literary quality of the Icelandic people. I, for one, can’t wait to start this tradition with my own family! Reading and Christmas all rolled up into one perfect pack, what’s not to love?

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