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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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“Waiting for the Magic” by Patricia Mac Lachlan, illustrated by Amy June Bates

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Wednesday, June 27, 2012,

“Waiting for the Magic” is a sweet take on the ubiquitous talking animal story.  Mac Lachlan’s tale with believable characters, both human and animal, is enhanced by the charming illustrations by Amy June Bates.  The novel’s central message is that, for true communication to take place within a family, people need to listen.  And here, in the family of human characters of William and Elinor, listening enables a person to hear the animals as well.

As the book opens, William and El...

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“Soldier Bear” by Bibi Dumon Tak

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Thursday, June 21, 2012,

“Soldier Bear” is an entertaining but curious amalgam of fiction and history.  Set mostly during World War 2, “Soldier Bear” follows a group of Polish soldiers, displaced by the Nazi invasion of their homeland, and their animal mascot, Voytek the bear.

This book is billed as fiction, but draws on an actual historical event.  The author includes photos of Voytek and some of human and animal friends.  As an adult, the choice to call this fiction made me wonder—how much is true?  ...

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"I Dreamed of Flying Like a Bird" by Robert B. Haas

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Tuesday, July 26, 2011,

Robert B. Haas artfully and clearly explains how and why he uses aerial photography to capture his subjects in the wild.  Hass introduces some of the basic terminology of photography, and he makes clear just how dependent he is on the skills of the pilots he works with.

The photographs in this book are stunning.  Haas explains how he takes the photos and how often he is dependent on luck to get the best image.  The sidebar explanations about th...

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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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