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Seal Island School

Seal Island School by Susan Bartlett, illustrated by Tricia Tusa Seal Island, Maine had one school and one teacher.  Forty-nine people lived on the island.  Each year a new teacher came to the school, and each year he or she left in June.  The teachers all said it was too lonely there. Pru Stanley really…

Up and Down

Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers “Once there were two friends… who always did everything together.  Until the day the penguin decided there was something important he wanted to do by himself…” Jeffers funny and sweet story of the boy and the penguin is a tale of friendship, of trying new things, and finding out…

Muddigush

Muddigush by Kimberley Knutson The snow is melting where I live.  Maple sap is running and sugar houses work to turn sap into syrup.  Hillsides and yards have stretches of white patches – and lots of mud.  Around here, we call this mud season. Knutson captures a child’s joy in playing in mud and muddy…

The Tree Lady

The Tree Lady – The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, illustrated by Jill McElmurry   Kate Sessions grew up in the woods of Northern California in the 1860’s.  Kate loved exploring the woods and didn’t mind getting dirty while playing.  In the 1860’s girls were…

groundhogdaybook

Groundhog Day 2014

Today Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, predicting 6 more weeks of winter. How does Phil know what to do?  How does he gain his weather-predicting skills?  Perhaps he attended Groundhog Weather School as presented by Joan Holub and illustrated by Kristin Sorra. This clever picture book is packed full of interesting facts about groundhogs, weather,…

No

No by Claudia Rueda No is a fun picture book that celebrates a child’s independent spirit.  Of course, in this case, the child is a brown bear cub. “It’s time to go to sleep,” said mother bear. “No,” said little bear.  “I don’t want to go to sleep.” So begins the story….with mother bear telling…

What Is Disney Telling Our Daughters?

What is Disney Telling Our Daughters? Not long ago, my daughter was ill and stayed home from school for a few days.  One of those days, she asked to watch The Aristocats while snuggling with stuffed animals and blankets on the sofa.  My daughter and I have watched The Aristocats before (we own a copy). …

December 21 – The Winter Solstice

The Shortest Day – Celebrating the Winter Solstice by Wendy Pfeffer, illustrated by Jesse Reisch Why does it get dark earlier at night in Winter than in Summer?  What is Solstice?  Pfeffer addresses these questions and others in this colorful book about the Winter Solstice. In the Northern Hemisphere, near December 21, the sun reaches…

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman When Elizabeth Blackwell was a child, in the 1830’s, women were expected to become teachers, seamstresses, or wives and mothers.  They were not supposed to become doctors. As a girl, Elizabeth Blackwell didn’t talk about becoming…

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