Rajpur: Last of the Bengal Tigers by Robert McClung

Posted by Sherry on 3/20/2017 in Nonfiction, Nonfiction Monday |

New in the library, but published in 1982, Rajpur tells the story of a Bengal tiger, born in the forests of southern Nepal and later orphaned when hunters kill both his father and his mother. Rajpur’s sister, Rani, dies of weakness caused by an infection, and Rajpur must hunt and survive alone. The hallmarks of […]


Rocks in his Head by Carol Otis Hurst

Posted by Sherry on 2/27/2017 in Biography/Memoir, General, Nonfiction, Nonfiction Monday |

I’ve seen this picture book biography recommended on several lists of “living books”, particularly living science books, and I agree that it’s a beautiful and inspiring story. The author’s father, who is never actually named in the text, was a collector of rocks. But more than a collector, he was a student and archivist who […]


The Flight and Adventures of Charles II by Charles Norman

Posted by Sherry on 10/28/2015 in Biography/Memoir, England, General, Nonfiction, Nonfiction Monday |

This Landmark history book is not the best example of the series, nor is it bad. The narrative could have afforded to be a little more narrative, if you know what I mean. More story, fewer travelogue facts about where Charles ran to next. But it’s still a great improvement on the history books from […]


This Strange Wilderness by Nancy Plain

Posted by Sherry on 10/12/2015 in 2015, Biography/Memoir, General, Nonfiction, Nonfiction Monday |

This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon by Nancy Plain. I wanted to compare this biography to a few others that I would like to have in my library, but the truth is that I don’t have them. And my public library doesn’t have the following biographies of artist and ornithologist […]


Nonfiction November: Week 2 Lists!

Posted by Sherry on 11/10/2014 in Africa, Nonfiction, Nonfiction Monday, US History Project |

Lu/Leslie at Regular Rumination asks us to Be/Become/Ask the Expert: Share a list of titles that you have read on a particular topic, create a wish list of titles that you’d like to read about a particular topic, or ask your fellow Nonfiction November participants for suggestions on a particular topic. Well, I have two […]


Breakfast on Mars, edited by Rebecca Stern and Brad Wolfe

Posted by Sherry on 11/4/2013 in Nonfiction, Nonfiction Monday, Summer reading |

Breakfast on Mars and 37 Other Delectable Essays: Your Favorite Authors Take a Stab at the Dreaded Essay Assignment, edited by Rebecca Stern and Brad Wolfe. These 38 essays by children’s and YA authors such as Elizabeth Winthrop, Rita Williams-Garcia, Kirsten Miller, Laurel Snyder, and Wendy Moss, are not your average English assignment, get it […]


Africa Is Not a Country by Margy Burns Knight and Mark Melnicove

“Africa is not a country—it is a vast continent made up of 53 nations. . . From the tiny island nations of Comoros, Syechelles, and Sao Tome and Principe, to its largest country (Sudan), Africa is the only continent with land in all four hemispheres.” Z-baby (age 10) read this book, and commented as she […]


Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Posted by Sherry on 2/14/2011 in General, Nonfiction, Nonfiction Monday, World War II |

Amazing story. If it weren’t so heavily footnoted and corroborated, I would find it difficult to believe such a miraculous survival story. Louis Zamperini, the subject of this riveting biography, was an Olympic runner. He won a bronze medal in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, and he planned to compete in the 1940 Olympics. Louie, […]


Nonfiction Monday: The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton

The Day-Glo Brothers is subtitled “The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors.” These are the closest examples I could get of Day-Glo (fluorescent) colors: Fluorescent Green Day-Glo Yellow Day-Glo Orange They’re those colors that crossing guards wear and that characterized the 1960’s, and they glow in the daylight or […]


Nonfiction Monday: Indians Who Lived in Texas by Betsy Warren

Posted by Sherry on 10/5/2009 in General, Nonfiction, Nonfiction Monday, Projects, Texas |

This out-of-print book by Texas author Betsy Warren gives details about the dress, food, and other customs of ten Native American groups that lived in the area we now call Texas. These tribes were the Caddo and the Wichita of Northeast Texas, the Karankawa, the Coahuiltecans, and the Atakapans of the Texas Gulf coast, the […]

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