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Review:  D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths

Review: D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths

All of the books my son is currently reading are based on mythology.  Whether it is one of Rick Riordan’s series or the Lord of the Rings;  Greek mythology, Norse Mythology, Egyptian mythology, they’re all refernced in some form or oanother, so we (well I)  thought it would be good to explore the original myths an not just adaptations.  Reading the...

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Review: Who’s that knocking on Christmas Eve?-Norway with children

Review: Who’s that knocking on Christmas Eve?-Norway with children

We love Jan Brett’s books.  They are such great stories for reading aloud and the illustrations always provide so much for discussion. My children particularly like the sidebars which foreshadow what is going on with the other characters in the story.  Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve? retells an old Scandinavian folktale in which a pack of trolls...

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Review: Race of the Birkebeiners-Norway with children

Review: Race of the Birkebeiners-Norway with children

The Race of the Birkebeiners, written by Lise Lunge-Larsen and illustrated by Mary Azarian is based on a saga from 1264 of the rescue of young prince Håkon, the most powerful king that Norway had during the Middle Ages.  The woodcut illustrations capture the time period beautifully along with the emotions of the various participants.   The Birkebeiners were peasants...

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