Thursday, January 07, 2010

Tahiti is Getting Crowded

This week and last we have been studying the Hundred Years War, Joan of Arc, and Wars of the Roses in history.  (Tapestry zips through the Middle Ages, which I think is a real pity.)  And my children, who don't like it when people they are studying come to bad ends, have been insisting that I change the stories and send our unfortunate friends to Tahiti instead.  This started a while back, when we read about Joseph getting thrown into Pharoah's prison and meeting up with the baker and the cupbearer.  Katie made a tremendous fuss and insisted that the baker couldn't be executed.  I suggested the Island of Perpetual Tickling instead, but even that was rejected, so he left Egypt and spent the rest of his days happily sunning on a beach in Tahiti.  I think his beach must be growing rather crowded.  This week we read Joan of Arc, by Diane Stanley.  It was excellent, but after Joan was captured Katie began reminding me frequently that Joan could not die!  So.... poor Joan was condemned to burn, but then, at the last possible minute, the Scarlet Pimpernel galloped through the town square, swept Joan up, and carried her off to our island paradise, where she spent the rest of her long life dancing the hula and sipping sweet, frosty drinks out of coconuts.  Katie and Joan were both very pleased.  And today, Richard III's nephews, Edward V and his brother Richard, were secretly rescued from the Tower of London and made their trip to the tropics.  Where did the skeletons in the Tower come from?  We don't know.  Katie wasn't even willing to let them be rabbit bones (very strange looking rabbit bones).  Life is full of mystery.  The boys may have been a bit taken aback when their Uncle Richard appeared in Tahiti soon after their arrival.  I guess that horse showed up after all.


Amy said...

I love it! Though once you get to modern history, I"m not sure I"m going to want to got Tahiti anymore.

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

Melora said...

You are right! We skipped most of modern history the first time through, and there is a lot I am Not looking forward to covering in the next couple years.

And thank you, Anonymous!