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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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 Incredible Book Eating Boy

The Incredible Book Eating Boy

“Henry loved books.  But not like you and I love books, no.  Not quite…” reads the front fly of this book. I’m afraid to say more about the story – I mean you can guess the gist of it.  But if I tell you more, I might give away the ending.  And it’s a lovely ending. I love the way Oliver Jeffers (author & illustrator of The Hueys) illustrated The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers. ...

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The Giver

The Giver

Jonas’ world sounds perfect.  Everyone realizes when they’ve given offense, and apologizes.  Those who’ve been offended always accept the apology.  Each evening over dinner, Jonas’ family discuss their feelings, and every morning over breakfast, they discuss their dreams. Their lives are regimented.  Controlled.  Everyone does what he or she is supposed to do.  Jonas knows no different. Until he’s chosen as...

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The Case of the Deadly Desperados

The Case of the Deadly Desperados

P.K. Pinkerton is in deep trouble… in more ways than one.  He is at the bottom of a silver mine, trying to figure out a way to outwit Wittlin’ Walt, the Very Bad Man after his inheritance. This is where we find P.K. at the beginning of The Case of the Deadly Desperados, by Caroline Lawrence (who also wrote The Roman Mystery series – another series my kids and I really enjoy).  How he ended up there, and how he escapes,...

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How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

Would you like to make an apple pie?  The little girl in How to Make and Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman does.  She makes a list of ingredients she needs, and heads to the market. But the market is closed!  What should she do? The narrator has many interesting suggestions – like head to France for a French hen (they do lay the most elegant eggs).  For the cinnamon, the narrator suggests the girl travel to Sri...

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Keeping Score

Keeping Score

Maggie Fortini listens to every game her beloved Brooklyn Dodgers play, usually at the firehouse with her father’s former co-workers.  When Jim joins the firehouse, she is shocked to discover he is a huge fan of the Dodgers arch-rivals, the New York Giants.  She determines to never be his friend. But slowly, he wins her over, and teaches her how to keep records of every pitch, hit and run in the ballgame.  They develop a strong friendship,...

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