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Saturday Review of Books: June 10, 2017

Posted by Sherry on 6/9/2017 in Saturday Reviews, Summer reading |

“‘Oh, hurry up and get the supper work done so we can read,’ Mary said eagerly. But Ma said, ‘Never mind the work, Laura! Read us a story!’” ~By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder Welcome to the Saturday Review of Books at Semicolon. Here’s how it usually works. Find a book […]

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The Camping Trip That Changed America by Barb Rosenstock

“I do not want anyone with me but you, and I want to drop politics absolutely for four days and just be out in the open with you.” ~Theodore Roosevelt’s letter to John Muir, March 14, 1903. Back in the days (1903) when a president could actually go off on a camping trip alone with […]

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The Seashore Book by Charlotte Zolotow

Posted by Sherry on 5/31/2017 in General, Picture Book Preschool, Summer reading |

Take an imaginary trip to the seashore. This 25th anniversary edition from Charlesbridge publishers of a Charlotte Zolotow classic is illustrated by Wendell Minor, not an illustrator I’m familiar with, but a talented one indeed. From what I can tell, the cover illustration for this new edition is new, but the inside illustrations are the […]

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Saturday Review of Books: May 27, 2017

Posted by Sherry on 5/26/2017 in General, Saturday Reviews, Summer reading |

“Reading is a respite from the relentlessness of technology, but it’s not only that. It’s how I reset and recharge. It’s how I escape, but it’s also how I engage. And reading should spur further engagement.” ~Will Schwalbe Welcome to the Saturday Review of Books at Semicolon. Here’s how it usually works. Find a book […]

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Summer Reading: High School

Posted by Sherry on 5/6/2017 in General, Reader's Advisory, Romance, Summer reading, Young Adult Fiction |

Shaking the Nickel Bush by Ralph Moody. “Skinny and suffering from diabetes, Ralph Moody is ordered by a Boston doctor to seek a more healthful climate. Now nineteen years old, he strikes out into new territory hustling odd jobs, facing the problem of getting fresh milk and leafy green vegetables. He scrapes around to survive, […]

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Summer Reading: Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades

Posted by Sherry on 5/5/2017 in Children's Fiction, General, Nonfiction, Summer reading |

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. Originally published in 1930, this book is the first in a series of books about a group of adventurous children and a sailboat. Swallows and Amazons introduces the Walker children—John, Susan, Titty, and Roger—their camp on Wild Cat island, the able-bodied catboat Swallow, and their frenemies the two intrepid […]

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Summer Reading: Fourth and Fifth Grades

Posted by Sherry on 5/4/2017 in Children's Fiction, General, Nonfiction, Summer reading |

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. The link goes to an interview with my then-eight year old daughter about her impressions of this award-winning book about India Opal Buloni, her smiling dog, and her preacher daddy. First line: “My name is India Opal Buloni, and last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to […]

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Summer Reading: Kindergarten and First Grade

Posted by Sherry on 5/2/2017 in Booklists, Children's Fiction, General, Summer reading |

Some homeschool moms asked me to come up with a set of reading lists for a summer reading club they are planning to host. Actually, there will be several “clubs” for different age groups. So, this list of ten of the best easy readers and easy reader series is for children coming out of kindergarten […]

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Oh, Were They Ever Happy by Peter Spier

Posted by Sherry on 1/21/2017 in General, Picture Book Preschool, Summer reading |

This classic story of three children left “home alone” on a beautiful Saturday may be my favorite picture book of all time. It’s certainly in my top ten. The story begins: “It happened on a Saturday morning that Mrs. Noonan said to her husband, ‘When are you going to paint the outside of the house? […]

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Saturday Review of Books: July 26, 2014

Posted by Sherry on 7/25/2014 in General, Reader's Advisory, Saturday Reviews, Summer reading |

“The aura of a book I have yet to read, with its promise of rapture, surprise and edification, might be even more powerful than the aura of a book I have read, enjoyed and duly forgotten.” ~Jeff Salamanacters Welcome to the Saturday Review of Books at Semicolon. Here’s how it usually works. Find a book […]

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