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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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Boston

Boston

Our recent trip to Boston was a reminder that  “plans are worthless, but planning is everything,” well that or “no plan survives first contact!”  We arrived at 10:30pm which I thought would be perfect since we were on West Coast time so it would be bedtime for the kids. I pictured arriving, tucking them in, and, well, essentially a seamless...

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André The Famous Harbor Seal

André The Famous Harbor Seal

  Andre the Famous Harbor Seal, written by Fran Hodgkins and illustrated by Yetti Fenkel, tells the true story of the incredible bond between André the seal and Harry Goodridge, the harbormaster of Rockport, Maine and the twenty-five years they spent together. The story opens by explaining that today you aren’t allowed to catch wild seals, but that in 1961...

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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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You can’t take a balloon into the Museum of Fine Arts

You can’t take a balloon into the Museum of Fine Arts

You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Museum of Fine Artsby Jacqueline Preiss Weitzmann and Robin Preiss Glasser was published in 2002.  It is a wordless story of the adventures of two children and their grandparents and is a great tour of the city. As the story starts off, the little girl can’t take her green balloon into the museum, so her grandmother...

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Sleds on Boston Common

Sleds on Boston Common

Sleds on Boston Common: A Story from the American Revolution by Louise Borden was first published in 2000.  It tells the story of Henry, a young boy trying to live a normal life in Boston in December of 1774.  The last royal governor, General Thomas Gage has closed the harbor and there was little work for the men on Long Wharf which had been the busiest pier in...

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