America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful: Together We Stand is a beautiful picture book celebrating the diversity of the United States of America. It includes the poem Katharine Lee Bates wrote, which later became a much-loved patriotic song. The publisher, Orchard Books, recruited ten different children's book artists to illustrated the poem - which includes a wide variety... Continue Reading →

Behind Rebel Lines

Recently, my children and I learned quite a bit about the work women did to help the war effort during the Civil War.  Quite a few women dressed up as men, and joined the army.  Other women were couriers or spies. Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy by Seymour... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Scatterbrain Sam

Sam is rather scatterbrained.  The townsfolk say his brains are scattered all over the place. Finally, Sam grows tired of all the talking, and heads to the 'widder on the hill' for a solution. She starts cooking up a potion, and asks Sam to gather the ingredients.  He's reluctant to give up some of the... Continue Reading →

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