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These Hands: An A is for Aging book review

  These Hands By Margaret H. Mason; illustrated by Floyd Cooper (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011; ages 6-9) “Look at these hands, Joseph. Did you know these hands used to make the ivories sing like a sparrow in springtime? Well, I … Continue reading

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The Matchbox Diary: An “A is for Aging” Book Review

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It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw

Bill Traylor first picked up a pencil to draw at the age of 85 and people of all ages stopped to admire his drawings as he worked on the street. Award winning author Don Tate illuminates the hardscrabble life of … Continue reading

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An Elder’s Story via Story Corps

Chinese/American grandmother, Kay Wang, only shared details of her life with great reluctance. But her tales of growing up in China and then years later, working as a Bloomingdale’s store detective in NYC, were her last precious gift to her … Continue reading

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A Respected Elder

Crouching Tiger by Ying Chang Compestine  is the rare picture book that shows a grandfather imparting a valued skill to his young grandson. It is a quiet, contemplative book, similar to the gentle martial art of tai chi that it … Continue reading

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Here Comes Grandma

Here Comes Grandma by Janet Lord (Henry Holt, 2005) is designed to excite the youngest children, toddlers included, about grandma’s upcoming visit. Grandma posts a letter to her grandchild and the successive pages show her on her way via different … Continue reading

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100 Books for 100 Years

I’m meant to be reading a novel for one of the two book clubs I belong to, so naturally I’ve been reading more children’s books. I came across a colorful, creative book that details ideas for kids to celebrate their … Continue reading

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Tomorrow is Another Day

Back in the day, losing yourself in a big, juicy book always meant holding the weight of those pages in your hot little hands. I well recall propping up Gone With the Wind’s 1037 pages on a pillow while a … Continue reading

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The Big Reveal

Blogging about attitudes to aging, I feel I should share my own age. But I realize I hesitate, and feel some anxiety. Not the lurch-of-heart, breath-stopping kind—as when my mother discovered 12 year old me reading Herman Wouk’s Marjorie Morningstar, … Continue reading

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