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Rocks in his Head by Carol Otis Hurst

Posted by Sherry on 2/27/2017 in Biography/Memoir, General, Nonfiction, Nonfiction Monday |

I’ve seen this picture book biography recommended on several lists of “living books”, particularly living science books, and I agree that it’s a beautiful and inspiring story. The author’s father, who is never actually named in the text, was a collector of rocks. But more than a collector, he was a student and archivist who […]

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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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All Upon a Sidewalk by Jean Craighead George

Posted by Sherry on 2/19/2017 in General, Nonfiction |

All Upon a Sidewalk by Jean Craighead George, illustrated by Don Bolognese. Jean Craighead George, one of the great naturalist writers for children of the twentieth century, died in 2012. She left behind over 100 books, including the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves and Newbery runner-up My Side of the Mountain. Although known for […]

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Two Books about Appreciating Differences

Posted by Sherry on 2/13/2017 in Adult Fiction, Biography/Memoir, General, Nonfiction |

The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood. Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him by Nathan and Sally Clarkson. First I picked up The One-in-a-Million Boy, as recommended by Lisa Spence and by Shelia at Dodging Raindrops. It was a good read about a boy who befriends a centenarian, 104 […]

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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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New Nonfiction in the Library: 2017

Posted by Sherry on 2/5/2017 in General, Nonfiction |

I’m going to start posting here about the books that I acquire for my library. For those of you who don’t know, I have a private subscription library in my home, mostly for homeschoolers, although others who are interested in quality books are welcome to visit or to join. I have a lot of older […]

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Jonathan Edwards by Simonetta Carr

I’m spending my Thursdays here on the blog in the eighteenth century, 1700’s. This picture book biography of the great preacher and theologian, Jonathan Edwards (b.1703, d.1758), is just beautiful. The book is hardcover, printed on lovely paper, large print, with both color illustrations and photographs of important documents and places in Edwards’ life. I […]

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Up the Trail from Texas by J. Frank Dobie

Posted by Sherry on 1/17/2017 in 1955, General, Nonfiction, Television, Texas |

Texas Tuesday. This book, published in 1955, is one of the Landmark History series from Random House. The publisher had a policy of hiring the best writers, award winning authors and experts in history and in particular historical eras and events, to write these books, and it shows. J. Frank Dobie was a journalist and […]

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Christmas in Vienna, 1192

Posted by Sherry on 12/2/2016 in Celebrations, Christmas gifts, General, Nonfiction |

From Tales of the Crusades by Olivia Coolidge: “Two days before Christ’s Mass, a minstrel wandered into a small town on the outskirts of Vienna. He did not sing in the marketplace, being French-speaking and in any case superior to the ragged crew thumping tabors who were already performing here and there and begging for […]

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Adrift at Sea by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch with Tuan Ho

Posted by Sherry on 11/16/2016 in 1981, 2016, Biography/Memoir, Nonfiction, Refugees and Immigrants, Vietnam |

Adrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survival by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch with Tuan Ho, illustrated by Brian Deines. This nonfiction picture book opens with a bang: our narrator, Tuan Ho, comes from school to his home in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to find preparations being made for a journey. His first reaction […]

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