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Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton

Posted by Sherry on 4/26/2017 in 2017, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

“Henry Penwhistle’s bedroom door was the sort of door where adventures began.” And that’s the sort of first sentence that makes me think that this book is going to be a great adventure. Immediately, I am reminded of a wardrobe door into Narnia, or Bilbo Baggins’ front door that led him out onto the road […]

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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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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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Sir Cumference and the Fracton Faire by Cindy Neuschwander

Posted by Sherry on 3/13/2017 in 2017, Children's Fiction, General, Mathematics |

Is it didactic, a story built specifically to teach a lesson about fractions? Absolutely. Do some of us prefer our mathematics lessons encased in a story? Yes, indeed. Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. And for some people, math equals medicine. The Sir Cumference books are designed to engage young readers […]

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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 Most Wonderful Doll in the World by Phyllis McGinley

Posted by Sherry on 2/28/2017 in 1951, Children's Fiction, General |

I wrote a post a week or two ago about doll stories, when I was reading some of Rumer Godden’s stories about dolls. Now I’ve found another doll book to add to the list—the 1951 Caldecott Honor book, The Most Wonderful Doll in the World. Poet and author Phyllis McGinley wrote this tale of a […]

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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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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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Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education by Raphaele Frier

Posted by Sherry on 2/7/2017 in 2017, General, Nonfiction |

I would like to read I Am Malala, the book that Malala Yousafzai wrote about her own life and her activism on behalf of the education of girls around the world. Until I get around to reading that book, however, this picture book biography, translated into English from the French, gives a basic overview of […]

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The Doll’s House by Rumer Godden

Posted by Sherry on 2/6/2017 in Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction |

The first book in my February project of reading the books you all recommended to me from my own TBR list, The Doll’s House by Rumer Godden is, according to the New York Times pull quote on the back of the book, “for little girls who love dolls, women who remember dollhouse days, and literary […]

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