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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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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How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A.

How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A.

How can you make a cherry pie when the Cook Shop is closed for July 4th? Fortunately, the young girl in Marjorie Priceman’s How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A. has some great ideas.  As an added bonus, if you follow the directions, you’ll get to see most of the United States.  Of course, there’s a lot of work involved… Like mining, picking cotton, digging clay, cutting wood… just to name a few. But the...

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Walter the Baker

Walter the Baker

Walter bakes delicious sweet rolls and breads for his village.  The Duke and Duchess particularly enjoy his sweet rolls every morning. Then disaster strikes!  The cat knocks over the milk, and Walter is forced to use water, instead of milk in his sweet rolls.  The Duke and Duchess threaten to banish him from the village unless he can come up with a solution. Walter works all night and cannot come up with anything that works.  He throws his...

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The Girl and the Bicycle

The Girl and the Bicycle

Illustrator Mark Pett creates another beautiful wordless book in The Girl and the Bicycle. A young girl and her brother are walking down the street, when she spots a beautiful green bicycle in the store window.  She works and works and works to earn enough money to buy it, only to discover it’s gone when she goes to buy it. She’s very sad, but decides to spend her money on a tricycle for her brother instead.  Her hard work and kind...

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We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

After reading A Strong Right Arm about Negro League player Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, I immediately picked up We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson when I spotted it at the library. What a beautiful book! Nelson not only wrote the book, he also painted all the pictures.  Even if you don’t read the entire book, you need to pick up this book to enjoy the pictures.  Most have an almost photo-like...

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The Lion Who Stole My Arm

The Lion Who Stole My Arm

Pedru lives in the African bush.  He and his friends fish for their families every day, and his village grow crops for food. He and his friends and neighbors also live in fear… of lions. One day, Pedru makes an impulsive, and foolish, decision, which costs him his arm.  He wants to take revenge on that lion, and works with his father to do just that.  But instead of his lion, Pedru and his father kill a different lion. One with a...

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