Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America

Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America by Kathi Appelt; ill. Joy Fisher Hein HarperCollins, 2005 40 pages Have you ever noticed the wildflowers that grow along the highways in the U.S.? If you're like me, you've probably assumed they're "volunteer" plants, sprouted from seeds dropped there by animals or the wind. … Continue reading Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America

Molly Bannaky

Molly Bannaky by Alice McGill; ill. by Chris K. Soentpiet Houghton Mifflin, 1999 32 pages It's November: time for Thanksgiving, along with all the stories and lessons that accompany it. My daughter came home from school yesterday with a drawing of the Mayflower; the local children's librarian is displaying books about colonists and Native Americans. … Continue reading Molly Bannaky

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