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10:10 am: Inculcating the Next Generation
 “Mommy, where’s the North Book?” Juss now asks several times a day, by which he means The D'aulaires' Book of Norse Myths, which has been a favorite of both John’s and mine since childhood. John and I love myths, but earlier attempts to share them with the kids had not gone over somehow.
 
So, yesterday, I read the entire Norse myth book to the boys. Orville was a bit stunned by Ragnarok, but Juss’s imagination was ignited by Light Elves, Frey’s cool stuff, and Loki’s attack on Baldur. Now his heart is set on playing a "North game" where he gets to play a light elf and work for Frey. 

He’s downstairs now, running about crying out about golden swords and “Oh, no! Mistletoe” (complete with a lot of dodging.)
 
Makes a fantasy writing mother proud!
 

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From:juliet_winters
Date:March 10th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)

In Ben Land

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Very cool. I think there's a Jacki Chan film coming out in April that -might-work for him. PG-13, I guess it depends on the particulars:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0865556/

My son also continues to surprise and delight me. Yesterday, he used some kite string to rig a basket over the doorway. I thought, "great, now he's going to dump something on the dog."
I was wrong. When you passed under the doorway, he lowered the basket and gave you a miniature 3 musketeer bar.
Today, he pointed to the calendar to indicate that it was another day and another time for a treat when you passed under the basket.
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From:arhyalon
Date:March 10th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)

Re: In Ben Land

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>When you passed under the doorway, he lowered the basket and gave you a miniature 3 musketeer bar.

That is soooo cool! In my whole life, I've never heard of someone using a rigged door to do something nice!!!

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From:kfitzwarin
Date:March 12th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
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I should expect nothing less!!

I loved their Greek myths book too. Loved it to pieces....
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From:arhyalon
Date:March 12th, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
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We have that one, too! The kids have asked me to read it, but I haven't had a chance yet.

I also just bought them a set of Greek Myth manga by a guy called Cirro Oh. Writer John Hemry (a.k.a. Jack Campbell) recommended them. He said his kids love them and they are pretty true to the original myths.
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