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The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau: An A is for Aging Book Review

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau Written by Michelle Markel & illustrated by Amanda Hall   (Eerdman’s Books for Young Readers, 2012) For ages—5-9 Themes/Topics—Arts, creativity, non-fiction bio, perseverance, resilience Opening— “Henri Rousseau wants to be an artist. Not a … Continue reading

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Miss Moore Thought Otherwise

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children By Jan Pinborough; illus. by Debby Atwell (Houghton Mifflin, 2013; ages 6-9) “Once in a big house in Limerick, Maine, there lived a little girl name Annie Carroll … Continue reading

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Ageless Love: Late Life Romance

I’m always on the prowl for Positive Aging picture books, but not all books with an older character make the cut. Too few feature older adults kids can admire. And there are attributes to admire in every older. Those enjoying … Continue reading

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North Woods Girl

By Aimee Bissonette; illustrated by Claudia McGehee Minnesota Historical Society Press 2015. Fiction, ages 3-7   North Woods Girl opens— “My grandma says she’s not a good-looking woman. I don’t know. She looks pretty good to me. She is not … Continue reading

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Betsy’s Day at the Game—Author Interview of Greg Bancroft

Betsy’s Day at the Game–Interview of author Greg Bancroft By Greg Bancroft; illustrated by Katherine Blackmore Mighty Media Press, 2013; ages 6-10 Betsy and her grandpa revel in baseball in the picture book Betsy’s Day at the Game. “In the … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything

Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything by Maira Kalman.  (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014) Ages 5-8                                             … Continue reading

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Lillian’s Right to Vote

Lillian’s Right to Vote By Jonah Winter and Shane W. Evans Schwartz & Wade Books/Penguin Random House (ages 5-9) In Lillian’s Right to Vote we learn about the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It is the 50th Anniversary of that … Continue reading

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Grandfather’s Wrinkles

  Grandfather’s Wrinkles By Kathryn England; illus. by Richard McFarland Flashlight Press 2007. (Ages 5-8)                 I really wish that my name was listed as author of this book. After all I’ve written … Continue reading

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Mr. Frank

  Mr. Frank by Irene Luxbacher Groundwood Books 2014; ages 4-7, see activities at bottom of post. “Mr. Frank was a tailor. He had been measuring, cutting, stitching, sewing, mending and pressing clothes for many years.” He is about to begin … Continue reading

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Mr. Cornell’s Dream Boxes

Mr. Cornell’s Dream Boxes by Jeanette Winter. Beach Lane Books 2014. Non-fiction ages 4-8. Themes: Arts, bio, creativity, dreams, intergenerational, memory This selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday begins, “If you had lived on Utopia Parkway not so long ago, … Continue reading

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