Monthly Archive: April, 2011

Book Review: Entwined

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Like most girls, I grew up on fairy tales. I watched all the Disney movies and read as many fairy tale books as I could get my hands on. Whether it was Ariel… Continue reading

Book Review: To Timbuktu

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To Timbuktu: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story. Casey Scieszka and Steven Weinberg (illustrator). 2011. Casey and Steven have three plans for their post-college life: Be together. Be creative. Be somewhere else.… Continue reading

Book Review: Raggin’ Jazzin’ Rockin’ : A History of American Musical Instrument Makers

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Raggin’ Jazzin’ Rockin’ : A History of American Musical Instrument Makers by Susan VanHecke. Boyds Mills Press. 2011. Fender probably isn’t a household name for most people, but if you happen to be… Continue reading

April is National Garden Month

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April supposedly brings ‘showers’ (in Minnesota, more like snow showers), which in turn will bring ‘May flowers.’ In order to get those beautiful May flowers, you need to start gardening now since April… Continue reading

150th Anniversary of the Civil War

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America’s bloodiest war began 150 years ago Tuesday when Confederate forces attacked the U.S. militia at Fort Sumter in South Carolina.  Ending with the abolishment of slavery and a death toll that exceeds… Continue reading

The Immigrant Experience in Fiction

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People come to this country for many different reasons, and they face different challenges once they get here. In the Sydney Taylor Honor book Life, After, Dani lives with her family in Argentina… Continue reading

99th Anniversary of the Titanic disaster

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 April 15, 2011 marks the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. Why are we still so fascinated by this ship and its passengers? For me, it’s because of the unknowns… Continue reading

Book Review: Okay For Now

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Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt. 2011. Gary Schmidt’s newest stand-alone novel, Okay For Now, is a companion to his Newbery Honor winner, The Wednesday Wars, and the protagonist in the new… Continue reading