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Thimble Summer
I'm almost afraid to let my granddaughter's read this book about a time when it was safe for a little girl to hitchhike and accept candy from stranger...more
Feb 2008
Feb 24, 2008
It's Like This, Cat
We always had cats in our family. I didn't pay them much attention but I could see how a boy in the city could have adventures by following his cat ar...more
Jun 2008
Jun 09, 2008
A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)
It is hard to know how to rate a book that I should have read as a child, especially "literature." All I remember reading was Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy...more
Aug 2008
Aug 06, 2008
The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye
A peaceful book for children about the death of a pet.
Jul 29, 2011
Jul 29, 2011
Faith: Five Religions and What They Share
Nice kid-friendly history of 5 major religions and their similarities.
Jan 10, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women
This is a nice biography of Louisa May Alcott, written almost 50 years after her death. It made me want to reread Little Women and find some of her ot...more
Sep 2007
Oct 12, 2007
Wizard's Hall
If all the Harry Potter books were this concise I might have time to read them. I have read enough to know that Yolen had a good idea when she wrote t...more
Oct 30, 2013
Oct 30, 2013
Black Angels
This is a good introduction for young readers to race prejudice and the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement in the south. I'll bring it to you, Da...more
Jun 09, 2010
Jun 09, 2010
The Doll People (Doll People, #1)
Previewed it before I gave it to my 8 year old grand-daughter. It had enough mystery, creativity, and anticipation to get me to the end before I start...more
Mar 03, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
Nini Lost and Found
Having just taken a dozen pictures of a beautiful red bear at the dumpster while carrying Eve in my free arm, it's too bad that Nini is afraid of the...more
Jul 29, 2011
Jul 29, 2011
The Old Woman Who Lived In a Vinegar Bottle
After spending nearly two weeks with 7 people (Eve and her family) in a one bedroom with loft and one bathroom condo, I know that less is better and I...more
Jul 29, 2011
Jul 29, 2011
Ramona and Her Mother
Well read by Stockard Channing. I don't know how I missed all the Beverly Cleary books when the kids were little. Oh well, it's never too late for som...more
Nov 13, 2013
Nov 17, 2013
Brave Margaret: An Irish Adventure
Eve got to choose a dozen books to read on vacation. She chose well. I'm sorry I didn't have a chance to read any with her but I did enjoy hearing her...more
Jul 29, 2011
Jul 29, 2011
Airborn (Matt Cruse, #1)
I thought this was a good adventure that will appeal to a wide audience, boys and girls, old and young. There are pirates, daring escapes, wild animal...more
Dec 29, 2010
Dec 29, 2010
The Higher Power of Lucky (The Hard Pan Trilogy, #1)
I think this is my favorite Newbery so far. I brought the book to read while I am on vacation in Mammoth, Ca, not realizing that I would be just to th...more
Jul 2008
Jul 03, 2008
Gooney Bird Greene
Through the fall I read this to my granddaughter on Skype, then got to read the last three or four chapters to her in person over winter break. Gooney...more
Dec 28, 2013
Dec 29, 2013
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever
Lovely story book about Kate Sessions who came to San Diego in 1883, at the age of 26 to teach school. She ended up buying a nursery, finding trees th...more
May 31, 2014
May 31, 2014
An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving
A fun story with nice illustrations that I'm sure all the little girls in our family would enjoy this time of year. The story is from Aunt Jo’s Scrap-...more
Nov 24, 2012
Dec 08, 2012
Father and Son
This is a beautiful poetic story about Joseph's thoughts about raising Jesus. "How can I teach him the Scriptures? It will be like reading him a book...more
Dec 12, 2009
Dec 13, 2009
Fablehaven (Fablehaven, #1)
I want to stay current with the books that interest my grandchildren, so I read this one while visiting some of them. I can see how the story of fairi...more
Oct 12, 2010
Oct 12, 2010
The Secret Garden
I'm cleaning off my bookshelves, well actually my floor, and entering books from the past. A few years ago I heard there was a RS book club in my area...more
Jan 2007
Feb 26, 2012
The One and Only Ivan
What a delightful experience reading this book was. I don't usually like books with an animal as narrator, but I laughed and cried as Ivan, the mighty...more
Mar 19, 2013
Mar 20, 2013
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village
It took me awhile to get used to the poetry, but once I did I enjoyed all the monologues, duets, footnotes, and background paragraphs about life in a...more
Apr 2008
Apr 30, 2008
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
I requested this book from the library when I read Jess's review. I also requested the audio version as I had no idea what to expect or which would be...more
Sep 29, 2010
Sep 30, 2010
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