Little House in the Big Woods and others by Laura Ingalls Wilder; ill. by Helen Sewell (first editions) and Garth Williams HarperCollins, orig. pub. 1932 I was trying to decide what to post today--something I've stockpiled? or a freshly written review? what age group or genre?--when I realized that I would be posting right before … Continue reading The Gift of Inspiration: The Little House Books
Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg Houghton Mifflin, 2010 40 pages Did you ever wonder who first had the crazy idea to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel? That honor belongs to a 62 (yes, 62)-year-old woman named Annie Edson Taylor, who dreamed up the stunt as a get-rick-quick scheme in 1901. … Continue reading Queen of the Falls
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!
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
Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings by Deborah Hopkinson; ill. by Terry Widener Atheneum BFYR, 2003 40 pages I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley in the 1980s, a good decade for Southern California baseball. My grandparents were Angels fans, but the Dodgers were the team of choice for me and my … Continue reading Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings
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
Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck Dial Books, 2006 145 pages Think back to your teen years, to the times when you sought advice on friendship, dating, college, even choosing your path in life. Maybe you confided in a favorite teacher, picked up a teen-oriented magazine, or even asked your parents for input. How … Continue reading Driving Toward a Dream