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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Read-Aloud: The Door in the Wall

I'm joining many of my Crew friends in Blogging Through the Alphabet.

My theme for this trip through the alphabet is read-alouds. Some of my favorite memories from when my children were younger was read-aloud time. I loved snuggling up with them on the couch after lunch to devour a good book.

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D is for The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli

Ten-year-old Robin has found himself alone in his family's London home. His father, a knight, has gone off to war with the king, and his mother is serving as a lady-in-waiting for the queen. The plague is rampant in London so Robin's servants are either suffering from the plague or in isolation trying to avoid it. To add to Robin's situation, he is bedridden with a condition that leaves his legs misshapen and unable to bear weight.

One day, a monk named Brother Luke arrives to take care of Robin at the monastery until Robin is strong enough for Brother Luke to take him to Robin's uncle's castle. Robin learns a lot from Brother Luke and really grows in maturity throughout this.

The Door in the Wall is another Newberry Award winner and was a great companion to our study of the medieval time period. In addition to discussions about the plague and other difficulties of living in the medieval era, there are several other themes in the book that lead to great discussion, especially how Robin's character matures over the course of the story.

I've used this as a read-aloud for kindergarten to 5th grade, although some of the themes were a little lofty for the younger ages.


  1. This is one of my all-time favorite books. I had never heard of it until we began homeschooling but it was one of the first books we read aloud that first fall. I have enjoyed it ever since. Great story and one my girls (at least the older two) remember from six years ago.

  2. We will have to add this to our to-read list as my son is into knights, kings, castles, and all that.


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