Children’s Library Corner: The Lancelot Closes at Five

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Ruhama’s back with another great book for us to share with our families!


Seeing good books languish on the library shelves makes me sad, so I’ve come up with a few pairings to get you to try some of these ‘older’ titles, triggering your memory with something that’s considered a classic. Today’s offering is:


If you loved From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg, then you should try The Lancelot Closes at Five by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat!

the lancelot closes at five 

The Summary

Abby and Hutch are complete opposites, but are in the same class and school, and live in the same neighborhood, so they’ve become friends. Hutch decides it’s time to do something daring and off the wall, so she suggests they run away from home. This will entail spending the night in the model home that is in their subdivision. Though only for a night, and not far away, the idea requires the girls plan their evening meal, where they’ll sleep in the model home, and what happens if one girl chickens out.


The Project Ideas

blanket tent photo: Finished Rag Quilt Car Seat Tent displayed on doll carrier fits real baby car seat perfectly July 2010 Carseattentstockingandbathtowel008.jpgBuild a fort in your living room and sleep there overnight.

Design your own house layout. This can be done on graph paper or on a computer. Use software like the AutoDesk Homestyler.

Dream of places you’d like to visit and create a list. This can be as simple as going to that new pizza restaurant or as complex as going to another country. Figure out what you would do there (for example, would you visit Holland to see the Tulip Time Festival?) and add those ideas to the list.


candy bars The Food Ideas

Have a candy bar taste test! There are several ways to do this that you can find here.


Hutch’s family is health crazy: come up with a snack that is good for you. You could even try to design an entire meal that’s healthy (but tasty, unlike the Hutchins)!


The Lowdown

Title: Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman. The Lancelot Closes at Five. NY: Atheneum, 1976.

Age level: 3rd grade and up

All ages readaloud: yes

Series: no


submitted by Ruhama Kordatzky Bahr, read more from her at Rumahama.

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About the author

Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.

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