deerforest Posted December 29, 2011 Share Posted December 29, 2011 Hi all, I'm going in circles pouring over literature lists, reading reviews at Amazon, etc. My daughter is 7 and is extremely sensitive to challenging themes in books and movies. She has literally seen 4 fictional movies ever at this point because she rejects them after we describe the plots. I don't even know what her reading level is. It's at least grade 4 or 5, but probably higher. I haven't been able to stump her in a while, but her fluency and comprehension is at least a solid grade 4/5. The themes above this level are even more impossible for her to handle so it's pretty much a moot point anyway. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to find gentle chapter books at this level?! Non-fiction is easy. She loves biographies and science readers. But, fiction is an ongoing challenge. Chapter books have plots which typically involve a central conflict that gets resolved! That's kinda the point of them! We need more things like Milly Molly Mandy, Keeker, Ivy and Bean, Paddington... gentle stories with minor or goofy (if any) conflicts. But, at much higher reading levels. She loves animal stories but not if an animal is injured or scared. We are an adoptive family and themes involving abandonment or orphaned kids are really not acceptable to her (and that wipes out many classic books!). No kids being unkind to each other. Nothing scary. At all. Charlotte's Web, Pippi are all big huge NOs for us, as an example. Some on my list right now (and please tell me if I'm making a mistake, either with content or level) - Cricket in Times Square - Phantom Tollbooth - Plain Girl - Rabbit Hill - Mrs. Piggle Wiggle - In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen (and also the Cobblestone Cousins) I'm also considering Morning Girl and Pedro's Journal because we've done a lot of Native American studies this year, and I think if we did those two together, I might be able to get her through them. Are the conflicts and topics re: Columbus too much though? I think she would enjoy historical fiction if it was approached appropriately. Thanks for any advice! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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