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Review: The Mousehole Cat-Cornwall with Children

Review: The Mousehole Cat-Cornwall with Children

I have always had the sneaking suspicion that my cat thinks she owns me and not the other way around.  In the Mousehole Cat, Antonia Barber tells the legend of Tom Bawcock from the perspective of his owner, the cat, Mowzer. Mowzer had “an old cottage with a window overlooking the harbor, an old rocking chair with patchwork cushions, and an old fisherman named...

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Review: Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine-Isle of Wight

Review: Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine-Isle of Wight

Aren’t Queen’s allowed to do what ever they want? Shouldn’t a queen have the right to swim wherever and whenever she likes? But in  “Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine,” by Gloria Whelan, with illustrations by Nancy Carpenter, even Queens have rules they must follow.  “Queen Victoria looked out at the sea.  It was blue, it was cool,...

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Review: The Case that Time Forgot-London with children

Review: The Case that Time Forgot-London with children

We stumbled upon this great series while we were on vacation and my boys have been devouring this audiobook as fast as we can listen, wanting to play them even for short errands across town.  We have found that audiobooks, particularly mysteries, are great at creating focus in kids who otherwise seem to have very short attention spans.  Challenging everyone in the...

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Katie and the Mona Lisa

Katie and the Mona Lisa

Katie and the Mona Lisa by James Mayhew is part of a wonderful series of Katie books where Katie jumps in and out of paintings having adventures with the subjects and sometimes bringing them to her world with mixed and amusing results. In Katie and the Mona Lisa, Katie wonders what is making the Mona Lisa smile.  To her surprise, the Mona Lisa invites her into the...

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Degas and the Little Dancer

Degas and the Little Dancer

Degas and the Little Dancer by Laurence Anholt is a fictionalized account of the story behind the statue of La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans, one of Degas’ most recognized works.   Laurence Anholt’s series on artists and their works is a nice way to introduce art to children, and makes what they see in a museum that much more accessible. Degas and the...

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The Barefoot Book of Pirates

The Barefoot Book of Pirates

 The Barefoot Book of Pirates by Richard Walker and illustrated by Olwyn Whelan is a retelling of seven pirate stories from Scandinavia, England, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Scotland and Morocco.  The stories are well illustrated and entertaining while being refreshingly free from gore. The hardcover edition of the book is accompanied by a CD with Richard Hope...

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