Seedfolks

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

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

Precocious Princesses: Rapunzel

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

Precocious Princesses: The Apple-Pip Princess

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