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After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

After the Fall by Dan Santat gives Humpty Dumpty a new ending, where all the king’s men did put him together. “There were some parts that couldn’t be healed with bandages and glue.” You see, Humpty became afraid, and that limited … Continue reading


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I, Too, Am America

Bryan Collier has an amazing collection of picture books and this one, which illustrates Langston Hughe’s poem, I, Too, Sing America, is another mixed media beauty.  It begins on a train, a Pullman porter serving wealthy white passengers and relegated to the kitchen to … Continue reading

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Counting By 7s

What makes a home? Is it a sister? Parents? A brother? A backyard filled with plants, plants you love? This is what I thought about as I read Holly Goldberg Sloan‘s Counting By 7s, a beautifully, thoughtfully written book about twelve-year-old … Continue reading

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Owl Moon

In honour of the light dusting of snow on my front lawn, I’m inviting you to read the classic Owl Moon.  Winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal, John Schoenherr painted the beauty of moonlight on snow in the woods.  Jane Yolen’s … Continue reading

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The book starts with it, the jacket quotes it and Frannie, the main character, ponders it, so I’ll begin with it as well. Hope is the thing with feathers                         … Continue reading

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