Tag Archives: country setting

The Birchbark House

When I was a child, I read The Little House books, mostly because many raved about how good they were. My sister’s read them. I got through them all. Louise Erdrich has outdone them, though, with The Birchbark House, the story of Omakayas, an Ojibwa girl, as … Continue reading

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Thunderstorm

Arthur Geisert‘s Thunderstorm was recommended to me and it did not disappoint. A wordless picture book, or nearly wordless (there are dates and times for some pictures), account of a thunderstorm and tornado through farm country shows the rush to get the … Continue reading

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The Thing About Luck

The National Book Award Winner for Young People’s Literature in 2013 was The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata. She also wrote the 2005 Newbery winner Kira, Kira. Summer is in the midst of her unluckiest year ever when her parents have … Continue reading

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Line 135

A bright yellow train travels from the city to the country, from mother to grandmother and the child on it travels through black and white scenes of the world, real and imagined. She tells us how her mother and grandmother … Continue reading

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Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse

A novel in verse for younger readers, Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger and illustrated by Matthew Cordell, includes the ballad, cinquain, curse poem (gotta love that one) and triolet, among others. All poem types are explained in the end pages. What … Continue reading

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Twelve Kinds of Ice

An ode to ice and all its wonder and wintertime fun, Twelve Kinds of Ice reminisces about the anticipation of skating on a homemade rink. First comes the ice in the pail, so thin it breaks when touched. The colder the … Continue reading

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Blueberries For Sal

It’s old, I know. As much as I love new books, I love old ones too. Published in 1948, Blueberries for Sal has a parallel plot structure which is perfect for drawing comparisons. I see charts comparing bears to humans and charts … Continue reading

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Little Horse

There are few early chapter books with a fast-paced plot and real suspense. Little Horse by Betsy Byars, published ten years ago, keeps the pages turning. Falling into a stream and over a waterfall, Little Horse is transported to a world so … Continue reading

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Dogsled Dreams

Adventure. Dogs. Snow. Terry Lynn Johnson‘s Dogsled Dreams has it all. Twelve-year-old Rebecca has to convince everyone, most of all herself, that she’s a good enough musher for a real dog sled race. While friends and family throw a few problems in … Continue reading

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Mr. and Mrs. Bunny–Detectives Extraordinaire!

If you are against non-union lettuce and for clothing made from used dental floss, this is your book. Polly Horvath has written a fantastical kidnapping plot with a zany cast of characters including The Marmot, Madeline, a hooman (in fox-speak) … Continue reading

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