Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans Simon & Schuster, 1939 54 pages "In an old house in Paris, covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines . . ." Male or female, you recognize those words, don't you? They're the opening to each of Ludwig Bemelmans' iconic Madeline stories, a series of picture books … Continue reading Madeline

The Gingerbread Girl

The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst Dutton Children's books, 2006 32 pages Retellings of classic nursery stories are as plentiful (and sometimes as grating) as the sand on the seashore, but every now and then an author manages to turn out a clever, engaging version of a familiar tale. My favorites tend to be … Continue reading The Gingerbread Girl

Knoxville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee by Nikki Giovanni; ill. by Larry Johnson Scholastic, 1994 38 pages Just a few weeks ago, I watched Thomas Balmes's documentary Babies with my husband and daughter. The film follows four babies “from first breath to first steps,” offering a mostly unadorned view into their daily lives. The babies are from very different … Continue reading Knoxville, Tennessee

Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings

Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings by Deborah Hopkinson; ill. by Terry Widener Atheneum BFYR, 2003 40 pages I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley in the 1980s, a good decade for Southern California baseball. My grandparents were Angels fans, but the Dodgers were the team of choice for me and my … Continue reading Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings

Precocious Princesses: The Paper Bag Princess

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch; ill. by Michael Martchenko Annick Press, 1992 32 pages In honor of my first blogiversary, I've decided to do something every blogger has to do at some point or another: write a series.  I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I've enjoyed writing it! Princesses--they're everywhere. … Continue reading Precocious Princesses: The Paper Bag Princess