Category Archives: Literature

Family Stories and Memoirs

  November is National Family Stories Month – and with the weather getting cold, it’s a perfect time for curling up in front of the woodstove and telling stories. Though, of course, any time of year is good for family stories, and the more the better. See below for some of the many ways in […]

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  There are – if not quite billions and billions – at least a LOT of resources for astronomy-lovers. Also see posts on MARS and ALL ABOUT THE MOON.   ALL ABOUT ASTRONOMY   Lynn Wilson’s What’s Out There? (Grosset & Dunlap, 1993) is a simply presented introduction to stars and planets, illustrated with terrific […]

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WOOF! All About Dogs

  Literature is full of dogs. There’s Dorothy’s sidekick Toto; Tintin’s buddy Snowy; brave Nana, who did her best to keep Wendy, Michael, and John from flying off to Neverland with Peter Pan; Tock, the watchdog, in The Phantom Tollbooth; Argos in The Odyssey – the only one to recognize his master upon his return; […]

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Henry David Thoreau

  ABOUT HENRY   In D.B. Johnson’s Henry Hikes to Fitchburg (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006), inspired by Walden, Henry and a friend – both bears – prepare to go to Fitchburg, 30 miles away. The friend decides to work and save enough money to take the train; Henry, however, decides to walk, enjoying nature along […]

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  Trees are wonderful, life-giving, magical, legendary, spooky, and just plain interesting. Think of the Ents from The Lord of the Ring, the dryads of Narnia, Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest, Harry Potter’s Whomping Willow, and Bilbo Baggins’s Party Tree. See below for the science of trees, tree stories, tree poems, tree art projects, mathematical trees, […]

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Paul Revere

  Who doesn’t love Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Listen, my children, and you shall hear/Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere”? See below for books, projects, and cool information on Paul Revere – and on the American Revolution’s other riders. Paul wasn’t the only one…   BOOKS: NON-FICTION   David A. Adler’s A Picture Book of […]

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