The Trolley Car Family by Eleanor Clymer
Written in 1947, this story is dated and at the same time timeless. When I read the story to my children, it made me feel safe and that nothing is impossible. Mr. Parker has lost his job as the driver of a trolley car. Buses are replacing the trolleys. All the Parkers - mom, dad and four children - have a meeting to decide what they will do. The trolley car company offered Mr. Parker the trolley that he drove for many years. The Parkers decide to take the trolley and park it at the end of the track and live in it. They work together to create their new home from the trolley. They also plant a garden. Lots of fascinating and satisfying detail about their move and their subsequent living arrangements make this book an engaging read aloud book. I loved the innocence and good humour in the book.
If you're looking for a family story about cooperation and working together, has kittens, and a grumpy neighbor turned helpful neighbor, this is the book to read. I've read it three or more times outloud and enjoyed it every single time time. In fact writing about it makes me reach for it to read it to myself. For ages 4 and up. 216 pages.
I spent a lot of time reading to my children when they were young. My children learned at home. The books my husband and I read to them and that they read on their own formed a large part of their curriculum. I'll be posting some of our favourite read aloud books here. Some books that I mention will be out of print, but libraries often have some of the old standards and/or they can be found used in second hand brick and mortar or online bookstores such as Amazon.