Kings, Duchesses and Dragons


The Duchess Bakes a Cake

After our trip to Medieval Times, I thought it would be a good time to use The Duchess Bakes a Cake by Virginia Kahl as our Five in a Row book of the week.  It’s a fun book told in rhyme about a silly duchess who decides to bake a “lovely, light, luscious, delectable cake.”

We’ve been reading a lot of books about knights this year to go along with our history studies.  As with most of our homeschooling David sits in when he wants and absorbs a bit. Much of the boys’ play this year has revolved around knights, either with Playmobil or in the backyard battling each other. I think he really enjoyed spending some more time this week with knights and kings but with books that were more appropriate for his age.Come to the Castle!: A Visit to a Castle in Thirteenth-Century England

Come to the Castle by Linda Ashman is a great book for introducing this topic to preschoolers or kindergartners.  A duke (also silly) decides to throw a tournament and creates mayhem at his castle. The preparation for and staging of the tournament are used to introduce the reader to various characters and what their roles were. It’s factual but funny. And the illustrations are detailed (and equally funny).

King Bidgood's in the Bathtub (Caldecott Honor Book)

I love this book by Audrey Wood and Don Wood. I’ve read it many times to both boys and they both still love it. King Bidgood refuses to get out of the bathtub and one by one the different members of the court try and find ways to entice him to get out. In the end a page finds the obvious solution. The illustrations here are incredibly detailed. We’ve read it many times but found new things in the pictures this time through.

Who Wants A Dragon?

This book by James Mayhew is very sweet and suited well to younger children. David still liked it but it’s probably even better for 2-3 yr olds. A dragon is seeking for someone who wants him but everyone in the castle is afraid of him. In the end, the one who will love him is the Mommy dragon.

Check out Read Aloud Thursday at Hope is the Word to see what others are reading with their kids this week.

5 thoughts on “Kings, Duchesses and Dragons

  1. Yes!!! I came over to see if you joined in RAT again this week, and you did!!! I am so glad! We haven’t read a single one of these books, so I’ll definitely bookmark this list for when we study the Medieval period next year!

  2. Pingback: Hope Is the Word » Blog Archive » RAT Links 1.20.11

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