The Perils of Precocious Reading: Julie of the Wolves (& a linkup)

Julie of the WolvesToday is the linkup about Julie of the WolvesJulie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George, February’s book for our Family Book Club.

As the post title tells you, I did not read Julie of the Wolves. Or, technically, I didn’t reread it. I tried, really I did. I got through the first part. But I found myself doing everything but reading in order to avoid this book, so as of 10:30 last night when I’m writing this, I’m conceding: it’s not happening.

See, I read the book years ago, when I was in early elementary school, and I am still traumatized by it. I was a precocious reader – well able to tackle the reading from an ability standpoint long before I could always handle the emotional or subject content of books.

And sometimes that mismatch ended up leading to negative experiences and associations, such as with Julie. I have no doubt it’s a worthwhile book for the right ages. I think I was in 2nd grade when I tackled it and that was undoubtedly not the right age.

Hopefully most of you do not have these traumatic associations with this month’s novel and were able to enjoy it.

If you’ve written a post about Julie of the Wolves, please add it to the linkup below. This is a joint linkup with the other hosts – Jessica (Quirky Bookworm) and Carrie (The Lion is a Bookworm – our guest host for the months in the Arctic). Add your post once from any one of our sites, and it will automatically appear in the linkup on their blogs. Yay technology!


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1. Share a post about reading this book or one of the themed picture books. Entries completely unrelated to this theme or linked to your homepage may be deleted.

2. Link back to one of the host’s posts.

3. The linkup will be open until the end of the month.

4. Please visit the person’s blog who linked up directly before you and leave them a comment.

5. By linking up, you’re granting us permission to use and/or repost photographs or comments from your linked post.

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Next month we move on to Korea, and we’ll be discussing The Kite FightersThe Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park. The official picture book is The Firekeeper’s SonThe Firekeeper's Son by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Julie Downing, but if you can’t easily find it I shared several other possibilities here. I hope you can join us!

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  1. Oh no! That sounds horribly traumatic. Luckily, I was not a very good reader as I child, so I didn’t ever read things outside my age range. I do remember my best friend reading Stephen King when we were in elementary school. I’m so glad those weren’t the books she read aloud to my sister and me. 🙂

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