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Treasures from Barefoot Books

Posted by Sherry on 4/24/2017 in Around the World, Kenya, Korea, Spain |

Barefoot Books, a publisher and bookseller dedicated to producing inclusive and diverse books, sent me a selection of lovely books that I can’t wait to write about. Their website says, “At Barefoot Books, our mission is to share stories, connect families and inspire children.” I’m impressed with the quality and diversity of the books I […]

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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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St. Patrick’s Day books

Posted by Sherry on 3/16/2017 in Celebrations, Children's Fiction, Folktales, Ireland, Nonfiction |

I have several books for St. Patrick’s Day or about Saint Patrick and Ireland in my library: Shamrocks, Harps, and Shillelaghs: The Story of St. Patrick’s Day Symbols by Edna Barth is more than just a listing of St. Patrick’s Day symbols and customs. It’s a children’s introduction to the history and culture of Ireland, […]

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My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo

Posted by Sherry on 3/8/2017 in 2017, Around the World, General, Refugees and Immigrants, Syria |

Young Sami and his family escape from the bombing of his Syrian neighborhood and go to live in a refugee camp, but Sami had to leave his pigeons behind. As others in his family and in the camp begin to make a new life for themselves, Sami cannot think of anything other than his beautiful […]

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The Language of Angels by Richard Michelson

Posted by Sherry on 2/21/2017 in 2017, Biography/Memoir, General, Israel, Nonfiction |

The Language of Angels: A Story About the Reinvention of Hebrew by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Karla Gudeon. I love nonfiction picture books about overlooked and under-reported events and people in history. The Language of Angels is just such a picture book, about Itamar Ben-Avi (Ben-Zion) and his father, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda who were instrumental in […]

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The Princess and the Beggar by Anne Sibley O’Brien

Posted by Sherry on 2/18/2017 in Around the World, General, Korea |

The Princess and the Beggar: A Korean Folktale adapted and illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien. The Princess and the Beggar is sort of a Korean version of Beauty and the Beast. The Weeping Princess marries Pabo Ondal, the fool of the forest. As they live together and learn each other’s way, the marriage transforms both […]

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When the Rain Comes by Alma Fullerton

Posted by Sherry on 2/17/2017 in Around the World, General, Poets and poetry, Sri Lanka |

When the Rain Comes by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Kim La Fave. Malini is a little girl in a farming community in Sri Lanka. She wakes up in the morning, excited by her opportunity to learn to plant rice seedlings for the first time. But then, on her way to the fields, Malini has the […]

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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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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Posted by Sherry on 2/8/2017 in Adult Fiction, Australia, Historical fiction, Literary fiction |

Movies and books don’t usually make me cry. Even as I’ve become more emotional and easily moved in my old age, I still rarely cry in response to a fictional narrative. After all, it’s fiction, didn’t really happen. Well, trigger warning, The Light Between Oceans made me bawl. In my bed at 1:00 in the […]

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