I'm considering using the UG literature selections for my 3rd grade boy next year when we're using YR3. I'm currently reviewing them to see if they'll work or not for his reading level. My question is, did your boys enjoy reading Little Women and A Little Princess? Did they give you a hard time about it? Did you substitute something different?
Please enlighten me!
In our co-op, one mom had her son read Little Men instead of Little Women. My personal feeling is that it's great literature and it shouldn't matter. Once they get started, they usually don't mind. If you think it's a problem, there are many books you can substitute in this time period. Just look at the alternates list in your year plan. Something to keep in mind when you're planing ahead, a lot of the history during this period is about war. Perhaps these novels were selected to balance all of the war selections assigned under history during the same period. You might explain this to your son and remind him that war stories might not be as interesting to the young ladies learning about Y3. In the end, it's really about reading good books, regardless of whether the main character is male or female.
I think it depends on the boy. My oldest would have been fine with all these, but my youngest would object to all of them. At UG level I would consider substituting.