Category Archive: Nonfiction

Stubby Stories

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I must admit at the start that I am a dog lover–and a fan of history–so when I discovered this trio of books about a dog named Stubby, I found an irresistible match… Continue reading

Review: Bugged: How Insects Changed History

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“Nearly everyone has a strong opinion about insects. But whether you love them or loathe them, they are impossible to avoid. For every pound of us, there are three hundred pounds of insects.”… Continue reading

Two Biographies of Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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For fans of The Little Prince, we have two new biographies of the author Antoine de Saint-Exupery. I wasn’t familiar with his life, so I was  fascinated to learn his story and see… Continue reading

Trees

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I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the trees in my yard. I live in an old neighborhood, and my yard is packed with massive, mature trees. In the spring and… Continue reading

2014 U.S. History Hits for the Middle Grades—So Far…

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I’m a history buff, so whenever interesting new titles come across my desk, I’m happily carried away to another place and time for a bit, immersing myself in another era. While I’m often… Continue reading

How does your Garden Grow?

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When my kids were younger I tried every trick in the book to get them to eat their vegetables. One of my strategies was to give them each a garden plot in which… Continue reading

Review : What’s New? The Zoo! : A Zippy History of Zoos

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Since we live about six miles from the Minnesota Zoo, we often had a family membership there when my boys were little. When Alex, my older son, was a preschooler, we usually visited… Continue reading

Learning from Your Mistakes…or Not!

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Here comes another great title from Georgia Bragg. How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous (May 2014) follows her 2011 popular book How They Croaked: the Awful Ends of… Continue reading

Review: All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom

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Once again I’ve come across a picture book that proves to be both informative as well as enjoyable. I’d heard of Juneteenth but never understand the historical significance of the celebration. All Different… Continue reading

Animals Helping People

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Like many of us, I have pets. In the past, when my sons were younger, we had rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rats, ferrets, birds, snakes, a hermit crab, and a walking-stick bug.… Continue reading