Black Horses for the King

Galwyn Varianus is down on his luck.  His father is dead and his fortune gone, so Galwyn must apprentice to his uncle, a boat captain.  He hates life at sea, but seeing no other option, does his best to fit in and work hard. Then, his uncle agrees to take on passengers - passengers who... Continue Reading →

Shadow of a Bull

Manolo has grown up in his father's shadow.  His father, the great bullfighter Juan Olivar, was killed during a fight when Manolo was just a small child.  But Juan is never far from Manolo's thoughts - the old men in his village won't let him forget.  He must always remember his father was the greatest... 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 →

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Mrs. Frisby, a timid, widowed mouse, has a dilemma.  And it’s dire.  Her youngest son, always weak, has taken seriously ill.  Thankfully, he’s recovering, but he cannot move to their summer home before the plow comes through the garden and wrecks their winter home. What can she do? Courageously, she seeks advice from some unlikely... Continue Reading →

Aviary Wonders Inc.

Author/illustrator Kate Samworth has hit on a novel idea in her Aviary Wonders Inc.: Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual. This picture book reads like a catalog.  The premise is that birds are nearly extinct, so you can create your own bird by ordering parts from Aviary Wonders Inc. The pages are full of beautiful illustrations... Continue Reading →

101 Dalmatians

Most Americans, especially children, are familiar with the Disney version of the 101 Dalmatians story.  But as with most movies based upon books, the book is so much better! Many of the characters - both human and dog - are the same in both the movie and the book.  However, Perdita is not Pongo's wife,... Continue Reading →

Scaredy Squirrel

Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his nut tree.  The outside world is just too dangerous.  He has a schedule, an emergency plan and a first aid kit. But as a bee flies by (is it a killer bee?!), nothing goes according to plan.  How will Scaredy Squirrel recover? Children will enjoy hearing parents read Scaredy Squirrel... Continue Reading →

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

Author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg specializes in the dreamy, the spectacular, and the wondrous.  His picture book, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, is no exception. Alan is all set to care for Miss Hester's dog while she visits her sister.   He plays with Fritz until he's completely worn out, then takes him for an... Continue Reading →

An Invitation to the Butterfly Ball

Counting books are a dime a dozen, so to speak, and finding one that captures the attention of both children and their parents is quite the feat. That's why I enjoyed An Invitation to the Butterfly Ball by Jane Yolen.  Yolen doesn't just count one through ten, she also tells a story about animals getting... Continue Reading →

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