Monthly Archives: June 2012

Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature

Stunning photographs of flowers and seeds demonstrate Fibonacci numbers: “the sequence of numbers–1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21…–in which each successive number is equal to the sum of the two preceding numbers.” Growing Patterns starts off simply, explaining the concept … Continue reading


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The Cloud Spinner

A wise and prudent boy cannot convince a king that “Enough is enough and not one stitch more” is philosophy for life. Magic, clouds and a princess who saves the rain make a lovely story to discuss consumption and ecological … Continue reading

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Little Dog, Lost

It’s not only Buddy, the little dog, who is lost and longing for a friend, but there’s a boy, Mark, and an old, lonely man, Larue, who are longing for companionship too. Little Dog, Lost entwines three stories in a poetic, … Continue reading

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And Then It’s Spring

It may be summer weather in Michigan, but it’s not hard to remember the brown of pre-spring. And Then It’s Spring perfectly captures the angst of a long winter’s longing for green. The hope of a seed dropped into brown earth, and … Continue reading

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Peek-a Who?

In fifteen words, Peek-a Who? offers more oomph per word than most board books. Rhyming, playful questions and peek-a-boo cutouts make for a playful reading and guessing time. Nina Laden‘s colourful illustrations are just right for her young audience. Follow-up with … Continue reading

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The Silence of Our Friends: The Civil Rights Struggle Was Never Black and White

Two families in Houston, Texas, 1968, struggle through civil rights issues that permeate their communities. Larry and his family are black, and suffer false accusations, a targeted hit-and-run-accident and humiliations of segregation. Jack and his family struggle through changing perceptions … Continue reading

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