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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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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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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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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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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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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