Reviews

Cover: Twice as Good: The Story of William Powell and Clearview, the Only Golf Course Designed, Built, and Owned by an African American

A Review of "Twice as Good" in School Library Journal

K-Gr 3–For third-grader Willie Powell, the new golf course was a beautiful sight. One day, he approached two white golfers and asked the kinder looking of the men to teach him to play. His reply was, “Son, didn’t anyone ever tell you that your kind is not welcome here?” “Of course, Willie… View »

 
Cover: Smudge and the Book of Mistakes: A Christmas Story

A Review of "Smudge and the Book of Mistakes: A Christmas Story" in School Library Journal

A talented but easily frustrated young man is transformed by the encouragement and belief of the right mentor. Like many boys, Cuthbert is impatient, lacks discipline, and doesn’t like making mistakes. After his annoyed father sends him to a monastery, he ends up in the scriptorium, where… View »

 
Cover: Smudge and the Book of Mistakes: A Christmas Story

A Review of "Smudge and the Book of Mistakes: A Christmas Story" in Publishers Weekly

National Book Award–winner Whelan (Homeless Bird) writes a substantive story about the value of perseverance. It’s set in a medieval monastery, where the hard-of-hearing and vainglorious abbot mistakenly appoints young “Smudge,” so-called for his sloppiness and tendency to give up easily… View »

 
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… ”/reviews/642">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: 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: 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 »