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Two great and different picture books that encourage a love of art: Andrew Drew and Drew, and A Splash of Red

I love art–creating it and looking at it. Two recent picture books will encourage a love of creating and appreciating art in readers–Andrew Drew and Drew and A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin. The first … Continue reading

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Review of I Want To Do It Myself! by Tony Ross

I Want to Do It Myself!: A Little Princess Story by Tony Ross Reading Level: Ages 3 and up Publisher: Andersen Press/Lerner USA (January 2011) ISBN-13: 978-0761374121 Source: Review copy from publisher My rating: 4/5 stars If you have kids, … Continue reading

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Review of Picture Book Three By The Sea by Mini Grey

Three by the Sea by Mini Grey Reading Level: Ages 4 and up Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (April 5, 2011) ISBN-13: 978-0375867842 My Rating: 4/5 stars Source: Review copy from publisher You know when you read a picture … Continue reading

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children’s book review – Xtreme Art: Ultimate Book of Trace-and-Draw Manga

What do you think of when you hear Manga? I think of fun, comics, and large-eyed, cute characters. The Ultimate Book of Trace-and-Draw Manga by Christopher Hart has all of that. The book is an instruction book for kids on … Continue reading

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middle grade book review – Sarah’s Waterfall: A Healing Story About Sexual Abuse

Sarah’s Waterfall: A Healing Story about Sexual Abuse by Ellery Akers, illustrated by Angelique Benicio Safer Society Press (March 2009) ISBN-10: 1884444792, ISBN-13: 978-1884444791 Ages 9-12 and up. My rating: 4/5 Monday, August 23 My Journal It’s a little weird … Continue reading

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review of picture book The Bears We Know

The Bears We Know by Brenda Silsbe, illustrated by Vlasta van Kampen Annick Press (February 2009) ISBN-10: 1554511666; ISBN-13: 978-1554511662 Ages: 4-8 (and up) My rating: 4 out of 5 stars We have never seen the bears, but we know … Continue reading

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review of picture book Scaredy Squirrel at Night by Melanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel at Night by Melanie Watt Kids Can Press (March 2009) ISBN-10: 1554532884, ISBN-13: 978-1554532889 Ages 4-8 and up. My rating: 4 out of 5 stars Scaredy Squirrel never sleeps. He’d rather stay awake than risk having a bad … Continue reading

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review of middle-grade book Hotel for Dogs by Lois Duncan

Hotel For Dogs by Lois Duncan Scholastic Paperbacks (December, 2008) (reprint) ISBN-10: 054510792X, ISBN-13: 978-0545107921 Ages 9-12 My rating: 4 out of 5 “Just remember how lucky we are, dear,” Mrs. Walker said. “Nobody wants to rent to a family … Continue reading

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review of YA book The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones

Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones by Helen Hemphill Front Street (November 2008) ISBN-10: 1590786378, ISBN-13: 978-1590786376 My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars “Halleloo!” Omer grins, wide and proud. “That sure is some fine riding, Prometheus!” A string of sweatshines … Continue reading

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review of picture book Spuds by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Wendy Watson

Spuds by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Wendy Watson Scholastic (Sept 2008) ISBN-10: 0439879930, ISBN-13: 978-0439879934 Ages 4-8 My rating: 4 out of 5 stars The night me and Maybelle and Eddie harvested potatoes, Ma was workin’ the night shift. Our … Continue reading

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