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"Flora & Ulysses" by Kate DiCamillo

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Monday, October 20, 2014,

"Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures" by Kate DiCamillo is a delightful and engaging story for tweens.  It justly won the Newbery Award this year for its contemporary yet timeless story of superheroic, poetry-writing squirrel Ulysses and his cynical yet hopeful human sidekick Flora.  Their adventures rival those of any dynamic duo.

Ulysses becomes aware after a close encounter with a powerful vacuum cleaner. At first, only Flora appreciates that he is now sentient and can understand hu...
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“Bread and Roses, Too” by Katherine Paterson

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Wednesday, June 20, 2012,

 like historical fiction.  Sometimes children like it too.  But often, I find, children’s historical fiction reads as if it were written according to some curricular checklist, to fit a particular set of standards in the most careful and efficient fashion possible.

“Bread and Roses, Too” by Katherine Paterson seems just such a novel.  Here’s the checklist I envisioned.

  1. Will it appeal to both boys and girls?  Yes, it will, because it ...

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“Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word” by Bob Raczka

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Tuesday, June 19, 2012,


Like Marilyn Singer’s “Mirror, Mirror” before it, Bob Raczka’s “Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word” uses a special, somewhat gimmicky hook to interest reader in poetry.  Singer uses the form of the reverso (see my review here), while Raczka creates poems out of single words.  In each case, the poet’s self-imposed restrictions provide a special challenge to making meaning and art.

Raczka’s technique inherently limits the poem’s topic, length, and depth. ...


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"Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down" by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Thursday, July 7, 2011,

This picture book by Andrea Davis Pinkney uses the language of food and recipes as a novel technique to describe the Civil Rights movement and sit-ins.  Pinkney quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr., using large, colorful type to emphasize the importance of his words in the development of non-violent protests against segregation.

Pinkney gives a clear sense of the role that sit-ins played in the larger movement.  The book's illustrations work well to show how the movement spread.  Pinkne...


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"Benno and the Night of Broken Glass" by Meg Wiviott

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Tuesday, June 21, 2011,


Because I work as a librarian at a Jewish Day School, the students I encounter are well aware of the Holocaust by the time they reach 4th and 5th grades.  Benno and the Night of the Broken Glass by Meg Wiviott will make an excellent addition to our collection on the topic.

Wiviott successfully captures the interest of children in this age group by using Benno the cat as the central...


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“Sliding Into the New Year” by Dori Weinstein

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Monday, February 28, 2011,

In the book, “Sliding Into the New Year,” we gain a wonderful new author of children’s Jewish literature in Dori Weinstein.  She brings a modern, human tone to a story that is both timely and engaging.

The story’s narrator, Ellie Silver, (aka YaYa) speaks in the authe...


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“The Frogs and Toads All Sang” by Arnold Lobel

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Friday, November 20, 2009,

I admit it—I am an enormous fan of Lobel’s Frog and Toad series.  I still chant lines from about willpower from the “Cookies” story, I cite Frog’s desire to be alone as different from lonely, and I empathize with their kite flying endeavors.  As a result, I was very excited to see that Lobel’s daughter, Adrianne Lobel, was publishing some new material that her father had...


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Lydia Schultz I am a school librarian and part-time college English teacher. I hope to review many of the books I read, both in the context of my research about children's books as well as in my pursuit of recreational reading. I want to share what I read--so what else is new?


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