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Cover: Elena's Story

A Review of "Elena's Story" in Kirkus Reviews

Elena narrates this touching story set in Guatemala, about a girl’s longing for education…
She lives with her mother and younger siblings in a rural village while the father of the family works far away. Elena attends school and is trying to learn to read in Spanish, but she finds it hard View »

Cover: The Boy and the Moon

Review of The Boy and the Moon

At midnight, a boy steps outside to howl and dance with animals under a swirling periwinkle sky in debut author/illustrator Carroll’s story of moonlight revelry and a boy’s ingenuity. When the moon gets stuck in a tree, the boy bravely ascends, feeding it apples and allowing the now “full… ”/editorial_reviews/85">View »

Cover: The Quilt Walk

A Review of "The Quilt Walk" in SirReadALot

Children’s Books / Historical Fiction / Ages 9 & Up…
The Quilt Walk by Sandra Dallas (Sleeping Bear Press)

“I’ll go. Pa, me and Skiddles.” I said, hugging my cat. I talked in a smatl voice, because Pa didn’t usually like me to speak up. Children should be seen and not heard, he told me View »

Cover: Surviving the Hindenburg

A Review of "Surviving the Hindenburg" in School Library Journal

Gr 1-4–The story of the disaster is told through the eyes of the last surviving member of the crew, Werner Franz, who was only 14 at the time of the crash. He was a cabin boy aboard the luxury airship and moved freely about the zeppelin as he completed his regular duties. On May 6, 1937… View »

Cover: G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet

A Review of "G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet" in Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

Long ago in ancient Greece, wars between the city-states were a common occurrence. The only time peace could be guaranteed was every four years, when the citizens of the city-states would lay down their arms for a month and come together to compete as athletes. The games were hosted in the… View »

Cover: S is for Story: A Writer's Alphabet

A Review of "S is for Story: A Writer’s Alphabet" in Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

Humans began telling stories thousands of years ago, sharing tales and passing them on from generation to generation. Then people started to do something that changed human society forever; they began to write, first using pictures or symbols, and later using alphabets. Once writing was… View »

Cover: Lipman Pike: America's First Home Run King

A Review of "Lipman Pike: America's First Home Run King" in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Lipman Pike was a Dutch Jewish immigrant who played baseball professionally in the 1800s. This interesting biography picture book written for 6 to 10-year-olds tells his story beautifully. Not only did Lipman become a baseball player, but he went on to become America’s first home run king… View »

Cover: F is for Fenway: America's Oldest Major League Ballpark

A Review of "F Is for Fenway Park: America's Oldest Major League Ballpark" in Booklist

Paying well-deserved tribute to 100-year-old Fenway Park—the oldest major-league park still in use—Pallotta proffers both soaring (OK, florid) verses (“It isn’t just a ballpark; it’s Boston’s sacred ground. / From the furthest bleacher seats to the pitching mound”) and side comments on the… View »

Cover: The People of Twelve Thousand Winters

A Review of "The People of Twelve Thousand Winters" in The Midwest Book Review

Part of the “Tales of the World” series, The People of Twelve Thousand Winters is a children’s picturebook in which award-winning author Trinka Hakes Noble portrays the life of a Native American boy growing up among his people, the Lenni Lenape, as they once lived before the arrival of… View »

Cover: Stella Batts: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

A Review of "Stella Batts: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow" in The Midwest Book Review

“Stella Batts: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow” is a chapter book with immense appeal for kids age 7 and up, second in a series. Life starts out positive for Stella, child of candy store owners who gets to be an Official Batts Confections Taste-Tester. But after she goes to sleep testing magic… View »