Baker’s Dozen: Books to Read for my Around the World Project

I’m planning a new project for 2016, an expansion of my Africa Project. This one is an around the world project in which I hope to read at least one children’s book from or related to each nation of the world. Some countries are easier than others to find books, available in English and written […]


Happy Canada Day!

Posted by Sherry on 7/1/2015 in Booklists, Canada |

July 1 is Canada Day. Here are some suggestions, mostly fiction, if you’re ready to celebrate with a good book: Picture Books: Bannatyne-Cugnet, Jo. A Prairie Alphabet. Illustrated by Yvette Moore. Carney, Margaret. At Grandpa’s Sugar Bush. Illustrated by Janet Wilson. Carrier, Roch. The Hockey Sweater. Illustrated by Sheldon Cohen. Gay, Marie-Louise. Stella, Queen of […]


The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

Posted by Sherry on 10/17/2014 in 2014, Canada, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

Trains. Well, really, one l–o–n–g train that’s so long that it might as well be a traveling city on wheels. This train, The Boundless, has everything: 1st class accommodations, a library, dining cars, observation deck, a cinema, a billiard room, stores, second class passenger cars, freight cars, third class for the penny-pinching or poverty stricken […]

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The 8th Gift of Christmas on Prince Edward Island, c.1877

Christmas morning broke on a beautiful white world. It had been a very mild December and people had looked forward to a green Christmas; but just enough snow fell softly in the night to transfigure Avonlea. Anne peeped out from her frosted gable window with delighted eyes. The firs in the Haunted Wood were all […]

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Mr. and Mrs. Bunny: Detectives Extraordinaire! by Mrs. Bunny

Posted by Sherry on 10/2/2012 in 2012, Canada, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

Translated from the Rabbit by Polly Horvath. This particular book is a tricksy one. I was expecting talking animals, something along the lines of Rabbit Hill or maybe Charlotte’s Web, and I got a hilarious tale about a couple of ridiculous, bickering, married rabbits who “adopt” the neglected daughter of leftover hippy parents who are, […]


Briefly Noted: Cybils Nominees

Max Cassidy: Escape from Shadow Island by Paul Adam. Set in England and in the fictional Central American nation of Santo Domingo, this thriller/detective story features fourteen year old escapologist Max Cassidy. Max is a typical fourteen year old, except that he performs Houdini-like feats of escape and magic and he’s determined to effect his […]

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