Shadow of a Bull

Shadow of a Bull

Manolo has grown up in his father’s shadow.  His father, the great bullfighter Juan Olivar, was killed during a fight when Manolo was just a small child.  But Juan is never far from Manolo’s thoughts – the old men in his village won’t let him forget.  He must always remember his father was the greatest bullfighter.  They believe that Manolo will carry on his father’s legacy.  Everyone believes it. Except...

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The Man with the Violin

The Man with the Violin

“Dylan was someone who noticed things.  His mom was someone who wasn’t.” Ouch.  How many times am I guilty of that?  Focusing on my to-do list while ignoring everything around me? This day, Dylan noticed music.  He asked his mom to stop to listen, but she was too busy.  The music captivated Dylan – he wanted to hear more. He did – and the second time, his mom heard it too. The story, and afterword, of The Man...

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A Dance Like Starlight

A Dance Like Starlight

All children have dreams, hopes and wishes.  One little girl’s wish feels unrealistic – she cannot find a star to wish upon in the bright night sky of New York City. But her mother finds a way to nurture her daughter’s dream – reminding her that hope is hard work, and demonstrating that fact by her own hard work. Then, she delays the fulfillment of her dream to continue to nurture her daughter’s dream to be a...

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The False Prince

The False Prince

Sage is an orphan, always getting into trouble – but the worst sort of trouble is upon him. Bought from the orphanage by a nobleman, Sage finds himself in the company of Conner (the nobleman), his servants (Mott and Cregan), and three other orphans.  Conner’s plan is to position one of them as the missing prince of Carthya, and then elevate himself as the prince’s main advisor. But can he train these ragged orphans to be...

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Anna & Solomon

Anna & Solomon

I love to read stories about family history, whether it is mine or someone else’s.  Lucky for me, Elaine Snyder tells the story of her grandparents who immigrated from Russia to New York City around the 1900′s in Anna & Solomon. This is a sweet story – one with a sad beginning, but a happy ending.  Snyder tells why Solomon and Anna decided to leave Russia, which is sad.  They decide that Solomon must come first, since...

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A Walk in Paris

A Walk in Paris

Paris is a beautiful city (I’m told – I’ve haven’t been there yet), one that people of all ages can enjoy.   Children and parents alike will enjoy A Walk in Paris by Salvatore Rubbino, a beautifully illustrated picture book which gives an overview of the city from a little girl’s perspective. Even though I’ve never been there, I appreciated the colorful, and accurate, drawings of the famous places in the city...

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America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful: Together We Stand is a beautiful picture book celebrating the diversity of the United States of America. It includes the poem Katharine Lee Bates wrote, which later became a much-loved patriotic song. The publisher, Orchard Books, recruited ten different children’s book artists to illustrated the poem – which includes a wide variety of interpretation and styles. Each page includes an inspirational quote from a...

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