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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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My Teacher–by James Ransome: An “A is for Aging” Book Review

“This book is a tribute to all of the teachers who come in early, leave late and give a little something extra to their students,” says author/illustrator James Ransome of his picture book My Teacher. This gem of a book also … Continue reading

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Two Picture Books about Nelson Mandela, a Wise Elder

I was born in the same land, South Africa, as the esteemed Nelson Mandela, but I wasn’t very proud of that fact. Unfortunately, despite my family’s 300 year history in South Africa, we were of the white minority whose government … Continue reading

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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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Older Adults as Elder Activists

Occasionally we actually see media coverage of elder activists. I say occasionally, not because older adults so rarely act for the greater good, but because the topics the media seem to prefer are often much less flattering to older people. … Continue reading

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Older Role Models Needed: “Albert the Fix-It Man” is on the job

Albert the Fix-It Man, by Janet Lord, has Albert helping out all over town, pulling out his tools in aid of numerous neighbors. If something needs fixing Albert is on the job volunteering his assistance whether it be a rusty … 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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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 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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