Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman HarperCollins, 1997 69 pages I found Seedfolks by accident, really. I was searching my public library's online catalog for another Paul Fleischman book, and Seedfolks popped up as well. I read a short description of it and decided to try it because I'm a sucker for point-of-view novels--I like the challenge … Continue reading Seedfolks
Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissack; ill. Jerry Pinkney Atheneum, 2001 40 pages Since the birth of my daughter, I've become painfully sensitive to the idea of parenting under hardship. My heart twists around itself every time I think of families who are living through famine, war, oppression, or crushing poverty. This sensitivity reaches … Continue reading Goin’ Someplace Special
This is the fourth post in my "Precocious Princesses" series, reviews of inspiring alternatives to traditional princess fairy tales. Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale, ill. by Nathan Hale Bloomsbury, 2008 144 pages For a princess story, the tale of Rapunzel is fairly subversive. To begin with, she's not actually a princess, or even … Continue reading Precocious Princesses: Rapunzel
This is the second post in my Precocious Princesses series, reviews of inspiring alternatives to traditional princess fairy tales. The Apple-Pip Princess by Jane Ray Candlewick Press, 2007 32 pages Inspiration is a funny thing. It's hard to come by, but highly contagious. It has an inexorable power but works according to the choices of … Continue reading Precocious Princesses: The Apple-Pip Princess
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson; ill. by Matt Faulkner Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2002 40 pages If you attended primary school in the United States, you probably know something about the origins of Thanksgiving--where the holiday originated, and why. What you may not know is that, for much … Continue reading Thank You, Sarah
In honor of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, I thought I'd deviate from my usual format to share some thoughts on female literacy. Reading and writing have been so central to my life, so much at the core of how I understand my own identity and purpose, that I can't fathom being without … Continue reading Reading to Girls: Why bother?
The Story of Rosa Parks by Patricia A. Pingry; ill. by Steven Walker Candy Cane Press, 2007 26 pages In the late 1980s, my parents moved our family from a suburb of Los Angeles to a small town in the American South--and the color of my life changed overnight. From my earliest memories, I had … Continue reading Open Doors, Open Hearts