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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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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 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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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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12 Children’s Books of 2017 That I Want to Read

Posted by Sherry on 1/11/2017 in 2017, Children's Fiction, General |

Descriptions are from Goodreads. Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder. “About nine children who live on a mysterious island. On the island, everything is perfect. The sun rises in a sky filled with dancing shapes; the wind, water, and trees shelter and protect those who live there; when the nine children go to sleep in their […]

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