On Our Way to Oyster Bay by Monica Kulling

Good points: Excellent introduction to Mother Jones and her cause. To be honest, I had never heard of her before and found her fascinating. Told from a kid’s point of view, allowing children to relate Takes others’ problems, like child labor, and reminds us that Americans have dealt with the …

Armstrong by Torben Kuhlmann

I loved Armstrong!! The little mouse’s story is exciting and fascinating. It’s filled with perfect little details that mirror human thoughts about space but from a mouse’s perspective. For example, none of his mouse friends believe the moon is made of stone – they of course think it’s cheese. Armstrong …

Thursday’s Tale: King Garnet Stories

The King Garnet Stories by Marianne Parry are not traditional fairy tales, but they have that same feel – kings and queens, a touch of magic, a lesson to learn. The King Garnet Stories are fun. The first is my favorite. The King’s legs grow way to long and everyone is worried. …

Thursday’s Tale: Little Chickies / Los Pollitos

I feel like nursery rhymes sort of fall into the same category as fairy tales and folktales. They’re part of a culture, something passed down over the years that most everyone connects to, which is why I’m including Little Chickies as a Thursday’s Tale. Little Chickies is based on a Spanish …

Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager, illustrated by Kristin Blackwood

Ah, I understand how Ivy Van Allsberg feels. Winter wears long for me, too. I look forward to spring, “when the world is mud-luscious” and “puddle-wonderful.” And March, especially, with it’s glimpses of better weather, followed by snow, can get long. Ivy in Bloom is really cute. The author takes …