Tag Archives: Creativity

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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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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The Teacher Who Would Not Retire Loses Her Ballet Slippers

By Sheila and Letty Sustrin; illustrated by Thomas H. Bone` III Fiction for ages 4 & up; Blue Marlin Publications 2014 Themes: Dedicated teacher, appreciation, community, cooperation, helping others, active retirement, healthy aging, use of maps. “Mrs. Belle looked at herself … Continue reading

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6 Picture Book Bios Show the Joy of Long Lives

I’m a big fan of picture book biographies, especially since finding six that showcase the arc of a long life well-lived. And when the subject labors with joy and tenacity at a career that brings them happiness and satisfaction late … Continue reading

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Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa: An A is for Aging Book Review

                    When I imagine grandparent-hood, I think of the sweetness of regular interactions with a young child dear to my heart. But in reality, like the granddaughter and grandparents in Butterfly … Continue reading

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Nana in the City: An A is for Aging Book Review

In Nana in the City a young boy is intimidated by the brash sounds and sights on his first visit to his Nana’s new apartment. (Clarion Books 2014, ages 4-8). However, his grandmother obviously revels in her bustling urban setting–she … Continue reading

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Henri’s Scissors: An “A is for Aging” Book Review

Henri’s Scissors is a picture book bio of artist Henri Matisse featuring burgeoning creativity in old age–and the cherry on top? Author/illustrator Jeanette Winter is herself past midlife—a veteran artist showing us her own talents. She traces the early life … Continue reading

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Rosie Revere, Engineer: An A is for Aging book review

It’s not often that I begin with the ending, but I’m primed for the very last page of Rosie Revere, Engineer –it was Women’s History Month in March. Author Andrea Beaty and illustrator David Roberts dedicated it:  “With gratitude to our … Continue reading

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A Recipe for Sparking Conversations between the Generations: Little Free Libraries!

A.) Refurbish one funky cabinet using creativity and found objects         B.) Add FREE books C.) Place in a community setting in need of said books… D.) Encourage interaction between young and old If the books you … Continue reading

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