The Easter Story

This weekend Christians all over the world celebrate Easter, arguably the holiest of Christian holidays.  Children and adults alike will hear the story of Jesus and the week leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection. For families celebrating Easter, The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith is a beautiful retelling of the story. Beautiful, not only... Continue Reading →

The Boy on the Wooden Box

If you have seen Schindler's List, you will know the basic story of The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson. Leyson was the youngest boy Schindler was able to save from the Nazi killing machine.  He relates his story of growing up in rural Poland, moving to the big city after his father... Continue Reading →

Thank You, Sarah

Children may think that Americans have celebrated Thanksgiving since the very first Thanksgiving the Pilgrims celebrated with Squanto and his friends. While in one sense this is true, Thanksgiving wasn't established as a national holiday until much later in history. Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson explains the history of Thanksgiving as a holiday,... Continue Reading →

The 18 Penny Goose

Letty Wright is beside herself.  The British are coming, and she doesn't have time to catch her flock of geese. Instead, she tries to chase Solomon, her gander, and his wives out of the barnyard. But he won't listen, and her family is about to leave without her.  Letty gives up the chase, and instead... Continue Reading →

Revolutionary Friends

The friendship between General George Washington & the Marquis de Lafayette is legendary.  Author Selene Castrovilla tells the story of their first meeting in Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. She starts at the moment Lafayette is in City Tavern in Philadelphia, ready to meet his hero, George Washington.  She then... Continue Reading →

Wild Boy

Imagine growing up in the wilderness, with no adults to care for you, feed you or clothe you.  Imagine sleeping outside all the time - winter and summer - not knowing any other human being or knowing how to talk. In 1797 in southern France, mountain villagers returned home with what sounded like a crazy... Continue Reading →

A Long Walk to Water

When we first started reading A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, my children and I were rather confused.  Throughout the book, Park weaves together the stories of two children who grew up in Sudan.  One story starts in 2008, the other starts in 1985. In 2008, Nya walks to the pond twice... Continue Reading →

Shadow on the Mountain

One of my favorite books as a child was Snow Treasure, about children in Norway who smuggled millions of dollars worth of gold out of the country under the nose of the Nazi invaders. Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus is also about Norway after the Nazi invasion, but it's not as innocent as... Continue Reading →

Twelve Kinds of Ice

I've never enjoyed ice skating - too cold of a sport for me. But reading Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed almost makes me want to skate. A cross between a picture book, a novella and a memoir, Twelve Kinds of Ice builds the anticipation for all the different kinds of ice for... Continue Reading →

Grandfather’s Journey

Author Allen Say takes readers on a very personal journey in Grandfather's Journey. Say recounts his grandfather's journey from Japan to America, the wonders he saw and the adventures he had wandering America's vast and differing land. Say's grandfather ended up moving to California. But as he grew older, he missed his homeland more and... Continue Reading →

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