Archive for the Book Review Category

This Stop on the Blog Hop Featuring Mariam Kobras’ Waiting for a Song, Naomi’s Story

Where do dreams go when they’re whispered to the wind? Where does music play when it’s searching for a rhyme? The universe listens, and sends a star… Naomi’s life has been carefully planned since the day she was born, but Daddy’s little princess has dreams of her […]

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Things We Learned From Trixie Belden

Things We Learned From Trixie Belden

A row of Trixie Belden mysteries occupied a bookshelf in the bedroom I shared with my sister when we were kids. There were some Nancy Drews and a couple of Ginny Gordons, inherited from our mom, but I preferred Trixie, hands down. She was a thirteen year-old, […]

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Scary stuff in the Little House Books

We all want to shield our children from things that frighten them. Unfortunately, there seems to be no letup to the tragedies and disasters that give us all nightmares. We may seek escape from the events of the day in books, especially books set in other times. […]

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Why Miss Teets Banned the Little House Books

Why Miss Teets Banned the Little House Books

 Anita Johnson was my beloved second grade teacher. I remember her as a sweet southern lady with a marvelous singing voice. One of the best things about her was that she read Little House in the Big Woods aloud for story time. Once, she let me read […]

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Lessons from Laura: Creating Nellie Oleson

“She’s my Nellie Oleson.” We all had a childhood nemesis—the bratty kid who tried to get us in trouble, foiled our plans, stole our friends. My Nellie Oleson was a bossy know-it-all who lived down the street. Every time she deigned to play with the neighborhood girls, […]

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Lessons from Laura: The evolution of the Little House books

Lessons from Laura: The evolution of the Little House books

Laura Ingalls Wilder submitted her autobiography, Pioneer Girl, to literary agents in 1930. The factual account of her life was intended for adult readers and it languished, failing to find favor with publishers until she re-worked part of the story into a shorter volume for children, entitled […]

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Understood Betsy: Children’s classic resonates today

Understood Betsy: Children’s classic resonates today

Thirty-five years ago, I bought a copy of Understood Betsy and two Nancy Drew mysteries at a yard sale.  The mystery stories were like so many others I’d read, and now the plots are long-forgotten. But I always remembered Betsy. Nine-year-old Elizabeth Ann is an orphan, who […]

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