Banned Books Week: Julie of the Wolves

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George; ill. John Schoenherr Harper & Row, 1972 155 pages Next week is Banned Books Week, when libraries, bookstores, and schools set up displays and hold events to call attention to books that have been censored in some way. Typically, these are books that local authorities have removed … Continue reading Banned Books Week: Julie of the Wolves

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum; ill. W. W. Denslow George M. Hill Company, 1900 280 pages (Numerous contemporary editions are available, including a beautiful centennial edition issued by HarperCollins and an annotated edition issued by Norton.) MGM's 1939 film The Wizard of Oz is so ubiquitous--such a cornerstone of American pop … Continue reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Precocious Princesses: The Ordinary Princess

This is the third post in my "Precocious Princesses" series, reviews of inspiring alternatives to traditional princess fairy tales. The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye Viking, 2002 112 pages Developing this series, I looked high and low for a good tween-oriented princess tale.  There was Ella Enchanted, of course, but it seemed like such … Continue reading Precocious Princesses: The Ordinary Princess