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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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Kiffe, Kiffe Tomorrow by Faiza Guene

I have finally made some progress on my Around the World project, a project with a goal of reading a children’s book from each and every nation of the world. I may have cheated here, however, since the book is not really Algerian but rather Parisian, but since it’s my own project I get to […]

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Baker’s Dozen: Books to Read for my Around the World Project

I’m planning a new project for 2016, an expansion of my Africa Project. This one is an around the world project in which I hope to read at least one children’s book from or related to each nation of the world. Some countries are easier than others to find books, available in English and written […]

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Christmas in South Africa, 1902

Posted by Sherry on 12/8/2015 in Biography/Memoir, Booklists, South Africa |

From Cowboys and Cattle Drives by Edith McCall: “He worked there until December. Then he was asked to drive a bunch of mules to the town of Ladysmith. On the way, he saw posters for Texas Jack’s Wild West Show. Such shows had becomes popular all over the world, beginning with Buffalo Bill’s show of […]

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Christmas in Morocco, c.1950

Posted by Sherry on 12/5/2015 in Africa, Around the World, Christmas, General, Morocco |

The Secret of the Fourth Candle by Patricia St. John. Aisha looked awestruck at the candles and then back at the presents . . . She knew at last why the little girl lit one more candle every week. It was in honor of a Baby called Jesus who was coming next week, and then […]

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Called for Life by Kent and Amber Brantly

Posted by Sherry on 11/18/2015 in Africa, Biography/Memoir, Christian Life, General, Liberia, Nonfiction |

Called for Life: How Loving Our Neighbor Led Us into the Heart of the Ebola Epidemic by Kent and Amber Brantly, with David Thomas. I’ll start out by telling what I missed in this story by Ebola survivor Kent Brantly and his wife, Amber. There’s nothing in the book about how Mr. and Mrs. Brantly […]

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Black Dove White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

Emilia and Teo have always lived unorthodox lives in a free-spirited and unconventional family. Emilia’s Momma is a pilot and a barnstorming performer, as is Teo’s mom, Delia. The two pilots travel the country and perform together as the Black Dove and the White Raven, since Momma Rhoda Menotti is white while Delia is black. […]

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Diamond Boy by Michael Williams

Posted by Sherry on 5/7/2015 in Africa, Around the World, General, Young Adult Fiction, Zimbabwe |

When fifteen year old Patson Moyo and his family head for the diamond fields of Marange in eastern Zimbabwe, Patson is sure that his family’s fortunes are about to change for the better. Even though Patson’s father plans to teach school in diamond country as he always has, Patson knows that there are diamonds for […]

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Walking Home by Eric Walters

Posted by Sherry on 4/8/2015 in 2015, Africa, Around the World, Children's Fiction, General, Kenya |

This middle grade novel, published in Canada and set in Kenya, has wonderful themes about forgiveness and responsibility and family loyalty and trust and the power of imagination. I don’t know how popular stories set in foreign countries are among the target audience, but this one is a great read. Thirteen year old Muchoki and […]

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Exploring the World in Books

Posted by Sherry on 3/9/2015 in Africa, Antarctica, Around the World, China, England, General, India, Israel, South Africa |

I am taking a blog break for Lent, but I thought I’d share some of my old posts from years gone by. I’ve been blogging at Semicolon since October, 2003, more than eleven years. This post is copied and edited from February 28, 2005: Work without hope draws nectar in a sieve, And hope without […]

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