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The Colt From the Dark Forest by Anna Belle Loken

Posted by Sherry on 4/17/2017 in 1959, Children's Fiction, General, Norway |

Horse books are not quite as popular these days as they were when I was a child growing up in West Texas. I certainly knew a lot of girls when I was in junior high school who were obsessed with horses and horse stories. They were all planning to become veterinarians or to raise horses […]

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The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

Posted by Sherry on 3/28/2017 in 1944, History, Movies, Nonfiction, Poland, World War II |

I read The Zookeeper’s Wife back in 2008 and wrote about it on Semicolon. Since the book is set to become a movie at the end of March, here are my thoughts on the book at the time I read it. *********** Jan Zabinski was the Polish director of the Warsaw Zoo in 1939 when […]

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The Most Wonderful Doll in the World by Phyllis McGinley

Posted by Sherry on 2/28/2017 in 1951, Children's Fiction, General |

I wrote a post a week or two ago about doll stories, when I was reading some of Rumer Godden’s stories about dolls. Now I’ve found another doll book to add to the list—the 1951 Caldecott Honor book, The Most Wonderful Doll in the World. Poet and author Phyllis McGinley wrote this tale of a […]

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Philomena by Kate Seredy

Posted by Sherry on 2/15/2017 in 1955, Children's Fiction, Czech Republic, General |

Philomena is sturdy young country girl who lives with her grandmother in a village in the Czech Republic sometime in the early twentieth century. After her Babushka’s death, Philomena goes to the city of Prague to learn to be a servant and to find her Aunt Liska who deserted the family many years ago. The […]

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Aim by Joyce Moyer Hostetter

Posted by Sherry on 1/25/2017 in 1941, 1942, 2016, Children's Fiction, General, World War II |

Aim is a prequel to Ms. Hostetter’s two books about Ann Fay Honeycutt, Blue and Comfort. Aim is about Junior Bledsoe, a secondary, but beloved, character in those other two books. (Ann Fay is the minor character in this one.) The story takes place in 1941-1942. Fourteen year old Junior Bledsoe of Hickory, North Carolina […]

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New York Herald Tribune Spring Book Festival Awards

Posted by Sherry on 1/20/2017 in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, Children's Fiction, General |

In 1937 two awards of $250 each were established by the New York Herald-Tribune for the best books for younger children and for older children published between January and June. In 1941 the system of awards was revised. Three awards, of $200.00 each, were given to the best books in the following three classes: young […]

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Up the Trail from Texas by J. Frank Dobie

Posted by Sherry on 1/17/2017 in 1955, General, Nonfiction, Television, Texas |

Texas Tuesday. This book, published in 1955, is one of the Landmark History series from Random House. The publisher had a policy of hiring the best writers, award winning authors and experts in history and in particular historical eras and events, to write these books, and it shows. J. Frank Dobie was a journalist and […]

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FNFC: Sully and The King’s Speech

Posted by Sherry on 1/16/2017 in 1939, Movies |

We watched two of the movies on my Friday Night Film Club list this past week, one on Thursday night and the other on Friday. And in both cases the person who chose the movie wasn’t there to watch it. Oh, well, the rest of us enjoyed the movies. Engineer Husband and I went to […]

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Adrift at Sea by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch with Tuan Ho

Posted by Sherry on 11/16/2016 in 1981, 2016, Biography/Memoir, Nonfiction, Refugees and Immigrants, Vietnam |

Adrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survival by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch with Tuan Ho, illustrated by Brian Deines. This nonfiction picture book opens with a bang: our narrator, Tuan Ho, comes from school to his home in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to find preparations being made for a journey. His first reaction […]

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Skating With the Statue of Liberty by Susan Lynn Meyer

Posted by Sherry on 11/15/2016 in 1942, 2016, Children's Fiction, General, Refugees and Immigrants |

Yesterday I read this 2016 middle grade fiction novel about a twelve year old French Jewish boy named Gustave and his experience of immigrating to the United States during World War II. Because of this book, and yesterday’s review of It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel, and some other upcoming reviews, it seems to have turned […]

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