. . . reading!


Mr. Boy has been surprising me with his reading ability — I sort of knew he was learning to read, but since I spend our school time listening to him work painfully through “Did the dog see the cat?  Did the cat see the dog?  The dog ran at the cat. The cat ran.” etc etc., I get thrown for a loop everytime he uses reading for something useful — such as reading a book cover or a container label — and realize this is all starting to click with him.  Woohoo! 


And meanwhile, the reason for this title: On All Saint's Day we met some friends for Mass at their parish.  My friend surprised me with a loaner copy of The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria A. Trapp, which I have been wanting to read for ages.  Talk about a great book — it has everything.  Humor, suspense, drama, faith, family life, business, war, a rant against teenage dating . . . what more could a catholic homeschooling mother want?   Well written, hard to put down, edifying and enjoyable all at once.  Highly recommended.


Curiously, reading the book gave me more sympathy for the makers of The Sound of Music.  I hate it when filmakers change things when adapting a book or true story, and The Sound of Music changes a bunch.  I should hate that, right?  But what struck me in my reading is how well the film still managed to capture so many essential elements of the Trapp family.  For example the suspensful narrow escape from Austria in the film didn't happen in real life, but that fictional scene does capture the essence of the genuine fear and danger that existed for the family after the Nazi takeover.  The film is sort of the Lite version of the family story — no suprise given its genre.  It was a pleasure to discover much more depth to the person of Maria and especially her faith, in reading the book.    Excellent book to have been finishing up on All Soul's Day.


Wikipedia has a nice entry on Maria Von Trapp here, including some good links.   But for homeschoolers and history buffs, a fascinating link is this one, at the national archives.  It examines the Trapp family history from the perspective of an archivist, including samples of the family's immigration records.  There's a great unit study hiding in there.