Welcome to my blog where you can find tidbits of original writing in between reviews. I hope you enjoy yourself and find a new favorite book.
Water Is WaterWords by Miranda PaulIllustrated by Jason ChinPublished 2015 Water is water… unless it’s not.In beautiful, sparse poetry we follow a pair of siblings through the year. From early summer rains to foggy autumn to snowy winter and muddy spring, the children experience the water cycle. I’m sure most of us have read about the water cycle – evaporation,…Read more
No Buddy Like a BookWords by Allan WolfArt by Brianne FarleyPublished 2021 No Buddy Like a Book is an adorable celebratory book told in smoothly flowing rhyme. It speaks on how books can teach about the planets, birds, geography, rockets, and everything else a kid might want to know. My favorite part is how there’s an almost refrain about imagination,…Read more
When Stella Was Very, Very SmallWords and art by Marie-Louise GayPublished 2009 When Stella was very small things seemed huge and unfamiliar. Words were like ants, the sandbox like a desert, the couch as big as a mountain. But now that Stella is big things are different. Words are readable, she can take care of her pets, she can share…Read more
Bess the Barn Stands StrongWords by Elizabeth Gilbert BediaIllustrated by Katie HickeyPublished 2020 Bess is built on a beautiful June day and becomes a feature of the farm. The animals take refuge in her, the family celebrates in her, she is loved – though time shows her wearing thin. When the time comes for the old farmer to pass on…Read more
The Secret Rhino SocietyWritten by Jonathan E JacobsArt by Samantha CotterillPublished 2020 A Hippo, a worm, and a lightbulb walk into a movie theater…No punchline, that’s the beginning scene of The Secret Rhino Society. Hudson, Fran, and Jean are best friends and share a love of rhinos. They are fascinated by how rhinos can charge and snort and have tough…Read more
Don’t Snore, Snowdrops (wc 141) “Spring! Spring! Spring!” Little Snowdrop bounces in delight. “Let’s stand tall together, bright and beautiful!” grumble slump go Snowdrop’s siblings.“Shush Snowdrop.”“It’s still snowy.”“Let us sleep!” “There’s so much sunshine!” Snowdrop glows with happiness.Sun is just the thing to get everyone’s stalks standing straight.But Snowdrop’s brothers pretend they can’t hear. “The days are warmer!” Snowdrop shivers…Read more
The Only Woman in the Photo Frances Perkins & Her New Deal for AmericaWords by Kathleen KrullIllustrated by Alexandra ByePublished 2020 I’m partial to a good picture book biography, but it’s icing on the cake when I also learn about someone I had never heard of before.Frances Perkins was driven to help the people of America, especially in regards to…Read more
Sophie’s SquashWords by Pat Zietlow MillerIllustrated by Anne WilsdorfPublished 2013 This is one of the books I wish I’d found long before. I love it now, but I know it would have been nearly read to breaking by now if we had it 7-8 years ago. Sophie is a young girl who finds a squash, a plain butternut squash, at…Read more
I’ve tried my hand at several writing contests, and they’ve all given me something to practice and learn. That’s why when I heard of Vivian Kirkfield‘s 50 Precious Word contest I knew I had to at least try. Write a complete story (for kids) in 50 words or less? Even my shortest stories have been in the mid 100s range.…Read more
Where’s My Mummy?Words by Carolyn CrimiIllustrated by John MandersPublished 2008 Where’s My Mummy is a rhythmic story about a little baby mummy who wants to play hide-and-seek with his mama mummy. The story is simple, he runs to hide but when he can’t find mama he looks and instead finds his neighbors, but it grabs young listeners and is a…Read more
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