Category Archives: Book Reviews for Ages 6-9

Kiki’s Hat’s: An A is for Aging book review

In Kiki’s Hats by Warren Hanson, bright, colorful knitted caps make visible all the good that small acts of kindness can bring, and in addition the author shows us an older character to inspire all ages. Yes, Kiki loves to … Continue reading

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Meena: An A is for Aging Book Review

Meena (for ages 5-9) by Sine Van Mol is an unusual book, and not simply because it’s a Belgian import. On the surface it is seemingly not a Positive Aging book, but it definitely serves my goal of increasing intergenerational … Continue reading

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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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Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom and Wishes

One of my beloved summer pastimes is the hunt for gleaming agates on the rocky North Shore of Lake Superior. Finding this book was like spotting a shiny agate among the gray pebbles—a hidden treasure glowing with rainbow stripes.  Dream: A … Continue reading

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Grandmama’s Pride: A Tool Against Both Racism and Ageism

The search for a true “positive aging” picture book is much like picking through a lovely box of chocolates—so many appeal at first, but then disappoint upon further “investigation.” But with Grandmama’s Pride, by Becky Birtha, there is no such … Continue reading

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The Creative Age

Spring is busting out all over here in Michigan—finally, and I’m ready to celebrate “Mrs. Muddle style.” From the top of the stack today we have Mrs. Muddle’s Holidays by Laura F. Nielsen (Farrar Straus Giroux; ages 5-8.) Mrs. Muddle moves … Continue reading

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Three Book Reviews: Late Life Love

I’m perpetually on the prowl for positive aging picture books, but I’ve recently discovered that many, even some on my resource list, are living only in university libraries, not public libraries. I certainly hope those twenty somethings at college are … 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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The Lasting Legacy of Miss Rumphius

The long life of Miss Alice Rumphius, who never marries, included work, travel to exotic places, a beautiful home by the sea, and making a difference in the world… sigh, not too shabby. The book Miss Rumphius has also had … Continue reading

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From the top of the stack: Patricia Polacco

I think it’s fair to say that Michigan’s own Patricia Polacco is truly the Queen of positive aging children’s literature. In her own words she has a “…genuine curiosity for the wonder of living a very long life,” and it … Continue reading

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