She Loves Me… She Loves Me Not…

She Loves Me… She Loves Me Not…

If you’re looking for a tiny little gift for your valentine – one that won’t die in two days, or add inches to her waistline – I encourage you to pick up She Loves Me… She Loves Me Not… by Robert Keeshan. Although you will read through this tiny picture book quickly, it’s a fun little story.  It starts with a little boy with four daisies.  He gives one to a little girl, and she plays a game… ...

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A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver

E.L. Konigsburg is best known for her wonderful book From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  She also wrote one of our family’s favorite books, A View from Saturday.  Now, I have to tell you about another of her books, A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver. This book focuses on the historical figure of Eleanor of Aquitaine.  Eleanor was the wife to two different kings and a mother to two others.  In the pages of history...

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Lizzy Bennet’s Diary

Lizzy Bennet’s Diary

Marcia Williams has created a fun companion to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in Lizzy Bennet’s Diary. Williams follows the storyline of Pride and Prejudice closely, including illustrations and small details of life not included in the book – like the fancy buttonholes Elizabeth is embroidering on a new waistcoat for her father. She also includes the “letters” Elizabeth receives from various correspondents,...

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Black Horses for the King

Black Horses for the King

Galwyn Varianus is down on his luck.  His father is dead and his fortune gone, so Galwyn must apprentice to his uncle, a boat captain.  He hates life at sea, but seeing no other option, does his best to fit in and work hard. Then, his uncle agrees to take on passengers – passengers who will change Galwyn’s life forever. Lord Artos (who will become King Arthur) is looking for horses.  Big horses, which can carry fully armored...

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The Kite that Bridged Two Nations

The Kite that Bridged Two Nations

Can a kite really bridge two nations?  Homan Walsh wonders the same thing.  But Homan loves to fly kites, so when he finds out about a contest for kite flyers, he is ready to compete. The winner will receive $10 and the honor of determining the place to build a bridge between the U.S. and Canada near Niagara Falls. Based on a true story, The Kite that Bridged Two Nations by Alexis O’Neill tells the story of the bridge from Homan’s...

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Catherine, Called Birdy

Catherine, Called Birdy

Normally, I am not a fan of diary-form fiction, but I am making an exception for Karen Cushman’s excellent book Catherine, Called Birdy. Birdy is an energetic, sharp-tongued girl living in medieval England.  She hates wearing skirts, hemming sheets, spinning, and needlepoint – basically everything about being a daughter of a knight.  She is especially incensed at her father’s plan to marry her off…. and manages to scare...

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The Coffee Can Kid

The Coffee Can Kid

Little Annie wants her dad to tell a story.  So she pulls down the blue coffee can, curls up on his lap, and listens to the story about the coffee can kid. Her father tells her of a baby born to a very poor mother in a land far away.  This mother, and grandmother could not care for the baby.  So the mother decides to take the baby somewhere she can have a better life. As you can guess, the baby is Annie, whom her mother named Dong Hee, or...

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