The Fishing Fleet: Husband Hunting in the Raj by Anne de Courcy Harper, 2014 335 pages To know me is to know that I am somewhat obsessed with Victorian England. I picked up a copy of A Christmas Carol at age 7, was mesmerized by the imagery and language and characters, and never looked back. Since … Continue reading The Fishing Fleet: Husband Hunting in the Raj
Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure by Shana Corey; ill. Hadley Hooper Scholastic, 2012 40 pages I know it sounds curmudgeonly, but kids don't get outside enough these days. We parents are too scared of catastrophe; kids are too enmeshed in devices (also … Continue reading Here Come the Girl Scouts!
When Mindy Saved Hanukkah by Eric A. Kimmel; ill. by Barbara McClintock Scholastic Press, 1998 32 pages Courage is a difficult, even counterintuitive, quality to cultivate in our children. By definition, it requires direct exposure to danger or adversity--the very kinds of circumstances from which we try to protect our kids. And when dealing with … Continue reading When Mindy Saved Hanukkah
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
Dahlia by Barbara McClintock Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2002 32 pages I still have my first doll, a cloth Raggedy Ann handmade for me by a neighbor. I don't remember much of what I did with her, only that she went almost everywhere with me. Later, I passed her on to my own daughter, who … Continue reading Dolls and Dirt: Together at last
A Christmas Like Helen's by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, ill. by Mary Azarian 2004: Houghton Mifflin Company 32 pages Christmas always puts me in a historical frame of mind. From soon after Thanksgiving until past Epiphany, stories and trivia and memories flow constantly through my mind like a silent soundtrack to everything I do. I think about … Continue reading What Little Girls are Made of
We just returned from a family vacation to the Florida panhandle, where we spent more than a week hanging out with my lovely--and lively--in-laws. Thirteen people (9 adults, 1 teenager, and 3 kids under age 8) in two small beach condos. It was glorious chaos. But one morning, looking to start my day with a … Continue reading Inspiration, Victorian Style