In no particular order:
The Odyssey—you never know who you are going to meet along the way, although thankfully, we have yet to meet any ravenous monsters or vengeful gods.
Moby Dick—the boys’ continued search for the elusive white train engine spotted in Montana.
Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn—Otter and Tango have gone feral and are always in need of baths like Tom and Huck.
Farmer Boy—Like Almonzo, Otter desires to grow up to be a farmer (in addition to a fighter jet pilot) and would prefer to do anything outside over doing schoolwork or chores inside.
Little House on the Prairie—Although I think Sissy favors Mary more than Laura in terms of disposition, the description of little Laura picking blackberries with her mother and constantly swatting mosquitoes, but still getting so many bites to include all over her face, matches Sissy’s efforts and outcomes filling water bottles at one of our campsites.
Anne of Green Gables—Sissy sees a friend in everyone she meets along the way, but she isn’t fooling around when it comes to schoolwork.
Fancy Nancy—exchange a rhyming name for an alliterative one to make Fancy Farmer. Lil’ Mo plans to have a farm with a purple truck when she grows up, where she will grow flowers, have a butterfly pavilion (fancy for a building designed for butterflies), and raise goats, chickens, deer, cows, horses, dogs, cats, and mice (to feed the cats). She will let her siblings (fancy for brothers and sisters) come over and snuggle her animal babies and let me snuggle her human babies (she, of course, supplied the distinctions). Her kids will have lots of high heels, tiaras, necklaces, and fancy dresses with which to play. Ooh, la, la!
If You Give a Pig a Pancake—If You Give a Tango a Piece of Tape. If you give a Tango a piece of tape (from a hotel front desk) he will ask you for string so he can hang his creation. When he finishes taping the string to his creation he will hang it. After he hangs his creation he will discover it is too high or too low and should be shortened or in need of more string and will ask for scissors. Once the hanging height is adjusted he will notice his creation is in need of repair of some sort and ask for a piece of paper. If you give him a piece of paper, chances are he will ask you for another piece of tape….
The Very Hungry Caterpillar—the amount of food we can put away in a meal, or a day, is impressive and at times exceeds our storage capacity. No major metamorphoses yet….
Velveteen Rabbit—all polish is off of our gear and clothing, so maybe soon we will be real athletes.
Going on a Bear Hunt—can’t go over it, can’t go under it, we have to go through it…. Sounds like my hill or wind pep talks.
Those Darn Squirrels!— much like Mr. Fookwire, we would prefer to gaze at the birds and not be distracted with the antics of rodents. We humbly suggest that Adam Rubin consider some spin-offs: Those Darn Raccoons!; or, Those Darn Chipmunks!
Magic Treehouse series—Pooping on the Prairie, part 1 of a Merlin Mission (Diarrhea at Dawn, Pellets in Paris, etc.). The inspiration(s) for this title will remain nameless. It always devolves to potty talk with us, doesn’t it?!