The Tune Is in the Tree by Maud Hart Lovelace

Posted by Sherry on 2/2/2016 in 1950, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

In the several boxes of discarded books from a local private school library that a friend rescued on their way to the dumpster, I discovered some real gems—in more ways than one. The Tune Is in the Tree is one of Maud Hart Lovelace’s other novels, not about Betsy Ray and her friends Tacy and […]


Christmas in Florida, 1950

Posted by Sherry on 12/12/2015 in 1950, Celebrations, Christmas, General |

From the book, The Seminole Indians by Sonia Bleeker: “Florida, of course, does not have a white Christmas. Usually Christmas Day is bright and warm. Everywhere among the Seminole settlements Christmas trees stand gaily next to the open chickees, their bulbs glittering in the warm sun. Everyone rises early, even though men, women, and children […]


Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn by Greg Leitich Smith

Posted by Sherry on 10/30/2014 in 1950, 2014, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

Aidan and his best friend, Louis, live in Florida near Cape Canaveral. Aidan’s parents own The Mercury Inn, a seaside hotel, and they are known for their launch parties, where residents of the inn can watch a NASA spacecraft launch from the swimming pool area or even the beach nearby. However, when a possible UFO […]


The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Posted by Sherry on 1/14/2013 in 1950, Adult Fiction, General, Historical fiction, Mysteries |

The series of mysteries that begins with this novel and features almost eleven year old detective, chemist, and poison expert Flavia de Luce has been on my radar for some time now, but I finally used my Barnes and Noble gift card to buy The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and I’m determined […]


1950: Events and Inventions

Posted by Sherry on 1/19/2012 in 1950, 20th Century History Project, General |

January 26, 1950. The new constitution of India is ratified, forming a republic, and Rajendra Prasad is sworn in as India’s first president. March 6, 1950. Scientist Klaus Fuchs is sentenced to 14 years in prison for passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. April 27, 1950. In South Africa, the Group Areas Act is […]


1950: Books and Literature

Posted by Sherry on 1/16/2012 in 1950, 20th Century History Project, General |

The Way West by A. B. Guthrie, Jr. wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Bertrand Russell won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The National Book Awards are established and the fiction award is presented by former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt to author Nelson Ahlgren for his book, Man With the Golden Arm. The Door in […]


The Attenbury Emeralds by Jill Paton Walsh

Posted by Sherry on 9/15/2011 in 1921, 1950, 20th Century History Project, Adult Fiction |

Jill Paton Walsh has continued the story of Dorothy Sayers’ famous sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey, in her books Thrones, Dominations and A Presumption of Death. These two bring the story into the early 1940s, while Paton Walsh’s third installment, The Attenbury Emeralds, takes place after World War II with Lord Peter and his wife, the […]


Friday Night at the Cinema: All About Eve

Posted by Sherry on 9/5/2008 in 1950, 20th Century History Project, General, Movies |

We watched All About Eve, a 1950 movie with Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, and Hugh Marlowe. Brown Bear Daughter said it was “the creepiest movie ever, except for Signs and The Village.” Anne Baxter plays what we nowadays would call a stalker; she idolizes actress Margo Channing (Bette Davis). Ms. Channing […]


The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman

Posted by Sherry on 6/8/2007 in 1950, 20th Century History Project, General, Young Adult Fiction |

“It was probably just a silly rumor, but I’d heard that nuns had their heads shaved, and I was afraid they relaxed by taking off their veils and running around bald, something I certainly did not want to see.” A lot of this book reads like a “silly rumor”. However, some of it is true-to-history, […]


Picture Book Preschool Book of the Week (12)

Posted by Sherry on 3/20/2006 in 1950, General, Picture Book Preschool |

Springtime for Jeanne-Marie by Francoise Seignobosc. Z-baby loves this story. The little French girl, Jeanne-Marie, loses her pet duck, Madalon. Jeanne-Marie also has a pet sheep, Patapon, and she and Patapon set off down the river to look for Madalon. Of course, they ask everyone they meet whether or not they have seen a little […]

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