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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 Hello,Goodbye Window, and Happiness in Late Life

Any child or adult lucky enough to know and love their grandparents will find themselves entranced by the sweet domestic world created by Norton Juster in The Hello, Goodbye Window (Michael di Capua Books, 2005.) Recall the simple rituals and … 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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My Hippie Grandmother

No matter what they were up to in the 1960’s, I suspect any Baby Boomer grandma or grandmother wanna be, will smile at the funky little picture book My Hippie Grandmother. Reeve Lindbergh, the author, is herself a child of … 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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