Category Archive: Nonfiction

Do you miss manners?

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In my last post on food, I was please to see table manners addressed in Fizzy’s Lunch Lab: Super Supper Throwdown.  I rounded up a few other titles on the subject.   Mary… Continue reading

Literary Nonfiction for Common Core

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There has been a lot of conversation, discussion, debate, and yes, even some arguments over the Common Core’s stress on nonfiction.  Though I appreciate literature and love fiction, I personally am glad of… Continue reading

Genius and Madness

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There is no great genius without a tincture of madness. –Aristotle I find geniuses and their lives fascinating, and I think Aristotle has identified why that is for me.  It seems that the… Continue reading

Review: Shackleton’s Journey

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  Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill.  9781909263109. 2014. Gr. K-4 When I look out my window, I see snow and ice.  I can almost feel the sub-zero temperatures that we’ve had here in… Continue reading

We (Still) Love You, Yeh, Yeh, Yeh…the Beatles 50 Years On

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OK, I admit that I am a confirmed Beatlemaniac, which probably gives you a clue to my age.  However, greatness endures, and the Beatles have certainly established their place in the sweep of… Continue reading

Fascinating American History by Bill Bryson

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All my life I have enjoyed reading about history.  I will read about the history of anything—the obvious history of political and social issues, but also the history of crime, entertainment, language.  I’ve… Continue reading

Review: The 14 Fibs of Gregory K.

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The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. by Greg Pincus. 9780439912990. 2013. Gr. 4-6. Math is hard. Being a middle child is hard. Telling the truth is hard. It is obviously hard being Gregory… Continue reading

What Would It Be like To Be An Animal?

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Have you ever imagined what it would be like to fly as a bird? Or swim in the oceans as a dolphin? I would be surprised if you haven’t, as each person likes… Continue reading

Book Review: Leaving China: an Artist Paints HIs World War II Childhood

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Every once in awhile a book comes across my desk that catches my attention and draws me into its story and its mood in a way that I know will stay for a… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite Picture Books of 2013

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I love picture books and find that this list is the most difficult to make, and this year was no different.  Take a look at my favorites, and if I missed one of… Continue reading