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STRANGE FRUIT, BILLIE HOLIDAY and the POWER of a PROTEST SONG

March 27, 2017

Here is a WOW picture story book and so timely:  STRANGE FRUIT, BILLIE HOLIDAY AND THE POWER OF A PROTEST SONG a book for all ages written by Gary Golio and illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb. What a woman, Billie Holiday. And now, what a book about Billie and the song she dared to sing about […]

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“Everybody, sing it!”

March 21, 2017

  Pete Seeger was born with music in his bones. So begins this inspirational picture book biography about one of America’s most famous, beloved folk singers, Pete Seeger, Stand Up and Sing! Folk Music, and the Path to Justice, (Bloomsbury 2017), written by Susannah Reich and illustrated by Adam Gustavson. Seeger came of age during […]

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Princess Posey and the First Grade Play

March 15, 2017

  The first graders in Posey’s class are reading about bees and plan a play to share what they’ve learned with the other first grade classes. Caitlyn certainly knows a lot about bees. Her mother’s even given her a small yellow eraser in the shape of a bee.  “Who cares about an old eraser?” Posey says […]

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THE ROCK MAIDEN, a Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty

March 13, 2017

What is loyalty? When you are someone’s friend, what does it mean to be a true and LOYAL friend? THE ROCK MAIDEN, a Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty, shows us the power of true love and loyalty. In this re-telling of the legend about Amah Rock – a fifty-foot granite formation found in the Sha […]

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Make Way for… Buddy and Earl!

February 22, 2017

  Make room, Elephant and Piggie. Step aside, Frog and Toad. Picture book pals, Buddy and Earl, have arrived on the scene! When Buddy, an unassuming dog, and Earl, a clever hedgehog, meet in book one of the Buddy and Earl series, all bets are off. The two strike up an unlikely friendship, passing an otherwise […]

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The blending of fiction and nonfiction

February 19, 2017

  If I were still teaching in the primary grades, students would definitely find FARM FRIENDS ESCAPE! (Animal Planet Adventures#2) by Gail Herman and DOLPHIN RESCUE (Animal Planet Adventures #1) by Catherine Nichols on my bookshelves. Each 10-chapter book introduces readers to a pair of protagonists (cousins Luke and Sarah in Farm Friends Escape, and siblings Maddie and Atticus in Dolphin […]

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