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Flaming Arrows by William O. Steele

Posted by Sherry on 8/7/2017 in Children's Fiction, General, Historical fiction, US History Project |

Another book that is well-written and sure to appeal to adventure-loving kids, with good themes of reserving judgment and not visiting the sins of the fathers on their children, BUT it’s full of guns and violence and “savages” who are all bad and practically discounted as not human. If you can get past the fact […]

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The Mississippi Bubble by Thomas B. Costain

Posted by Sherry on 8/4/2017 in Landmark history project, Nonfiction |

I’m on a mission to read all of the Landmark series of children’s history books, and Thomas B. Costain is one of my favorite authors, especially his series of books on the medieval history of England: The Conquering Family, The Last Plantaganets, The Magnificent Century, The Three Edwards. I love those books and have read […]

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Music, Part IV by Henry Van Dyke

Posted by Sherry on 6/3/2017 in General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry |

O lead me by the hand, And let my heart have rest, And bring me back to childhood land, To find again the long-lost band Of playmates blithe and blest. Some quaint, old-fashioned air, That all the children knew, Shall run before us everywhere, Like a little maid with flying hair, To guide the merry […]

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The Camping Trip That Changed America by Barb Rosenstock

“I do not want anyone with me but you, and I want to drop politics absolutely for four days and just be out in the open with you.” ~Theodore Roosevelt’s letter to John Muir, March 14, 1903. Back in the days (1903) when a president could actually go off on a camping trip alone with […]

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Texas History: A Brief Tour

Posted by Sherry on 4/27/2017 in Children's Fiction, General, Texas, Texas Tuesday |

A couple of homeschool moms asked me to put together a reading list for Texas history so that they could do a (brief) literature-based Texas history unit. Well, the list grew a little longer than the request, but here are a few not-to-be-missed gems for children and adults who are making their way through Texas’s […]

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Rajpur: Last of the Bengal Tigers by Robert McClung

Posted by Sherry on 3/20/2017 in Nonfiction, Nonfiction Monday |

New in the library, but published in 1982, Rajpur tells the story of a Bengal tiger, born in the forests of southern Nepal and later orphaned when hunters kill both his father and his mother. Rajpur’s sister, Rani, dies of weakness caused by an infection, and Rajpur must hunt and survive alone. The hallmarks of […]

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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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Texas Yankee by Nina Brown Baker

Posted by Sherry on 1/24/2017 in Biography/Memoir, Texas Tuesday |

Texas Tuesday: Texas Yankee; The Story of Gail Borden by Nina Brown Baker. Benito Juarez, Peter the Great, Simon Bolivar, F.W. Woolworth, America Vespucci, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Nellie Bly are a few of the other celebrities and historical figures that Nina Brown Baker wrote about in her prolific career as a children’s biographer. Texas […]

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Projects, Plans, and Themes for 2017

Posted by Sherry on 1/1/2017 in General, Projects |

I love planning projects, making lists, and deciding on reading and study themes for a new year or semester. I used to satisfy this urge by making up homeschool plans and imposing them upon my unsuspecting and mostly unprotesting progeny. Now, I only have one homeschool student, and lest she bear the brunt of all […]

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100 Poems by George Herbert

Posted by Sherry on 8/17/2016 in General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry |

Such a lovely volume of poems by one of my favorite poets! George Herbert lived and wrote in the early seventeenth century, and he is “widely regarded as the greatest devotional poet in the English language.” In fact, for modern Christian readers, reading a poem a day from this book of one hundred of Herbert’s […]

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