I have mixed feelings about them:
- Esmé loves them. They are right at her level, with things she is interested in.
- They are fun to read, even for me.
- We can read just a chapter when short on time; but they are also short enough to read through in one sitting.
- It gives me insight into some of the seemingly-bizarre ways Esmé acts sometimes; a peek into her brain of sorts. Rather educational for me.
- I sometimes worry that Esmé will pick up on some of the rude/thoughtless things Miss Junie B. says/does and try them out for herself. Granted, Junie B. does reap consequences for them. Do I want a true-to-life heroine like Junie B., or one with (perhaps unachievable) high standards? Not sure if this is a pro or con.
- The grammar/vocabulary! Written at a 5-6yo level, it’s fun to read, but Esmé has a better vocab than that. I hate reinforcing bad grammar – I kind of prefer the classics where the babes speak better than I do!
- Tumtum and Nutmeg (by Emily Bearn)
- Flat Stanley (by Jeff Brown)
- Raggedy Ann and Andy (by Johnny Gruelle)
- Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (by Betty MacDonald)
- In Grandma’s Attic (by Arleta Richardson)