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Papa and The Pioneer Quilt

Papa and The Pioneer Quilt

 “My papa has wandering feet.  That’s what Mamma always says.  Those feet have taken us to a lot of places,” begins Rebecca, the oldest daughter in a family moving from Missouri to Oregon along the Oregon Trail in Papa and the Pioneer Quilt written by Jean Van Leeuwen and illustrated by Rebecca Bond. Rebecca isn’t sure she wants to move...

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By the Great Horn Spoon!

By the Great Horn Spoon!

By the Great Horn Spoon!by Sid Fleishman is a rip roaring swashbuckling kind of a tall tale.  It’s a great book (though the cover on this edition is awful).  Twelve year old Jack stows away in a potato barrel on a boat from Boston to California with his Aunt’s butler, Praiseworthy, in an effort to make his fortune and help his Aunt Arabella save the...

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Review: Redwoods-San Francisco with Children

Review: Redwoods-San Francisco with Children

Redwoods by Jason Chin opens with a little boy sitting and waiting for his train when he spies an abandoned book. When he opens the book, magical things begin to happen.  I’ve always enjoyed the magical places that books take us and Redwoods takes us into the little boy’s imagination.  As he reads about redwoods, dinosaurs appear in the windows of the...

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Calico Dorsey

Calico Dorsey

Calico Dorsey by Susan Lendroth is based on the true story of a stray dog adopted and trained by Everett and Alwin Stacy to carry mail between the mining towns of Calico and Bismark, California during the silver rush in 1885.  Calico Dorsey actually carried the mail between the towns for nearly three years.  In a world of instant information transfer, my son has a...

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Whales Passing

Whales Passing

Whales Passing by Eve Bunting was published in 2003.  It’s a cute story about a little boy standing with his father and watching the orcas go by.  The little boy wonders about the orcas and how they find their way and imagines what they are saying about him in return.  Whale watching can be a lot of fun with kids and can be done both from the shore as well as...

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Review: Pop’s Bridge-California with children

Review: Pop’s Bridge-California with children

Pop’s Bridge by Eve Bunting was first published in 2006.  It tells the story of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco from the perspective of Robert, the son of one of the ironworkers building the bridge. There’s so much to do and see in San Francisco, but it is well worth visiting the Golden Gate Bridge while you’re there.  You...

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