Monday, April 29, 2013
"Flavia" was a quick read. The vocabulary was fairly easy, and the story was simple and entertaining. Flavia is the youngest girl in the family, and for most of the book, she is in a bad mood because she doesn't like school and just wants to be left alone. She never learned how to read properly but doesn't really care, until an important letter is delivered to her and she finally asks her sisters for help.
The illustrations in the book are colorful and lively. Flavia's pouffy orange hair seems to jump off the page!
Monday, April 22, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Sorry for the delay in posting this week!
Right now, I am reading two very different books. One is called "A Crooked Kind of Perfect" by Linda Urban. The main character, 10-year-old Zoe, dreams of piano lessons but ends up getting an organ from her father instead. Between that and a falling-out with her former best friend, things are not looking good. However, after making friends with a group of boys at her school and meeting her very eccentric, but caring organ teacher, Zoe begins to realize that her life may already be "perfect" just as it is.
Zoe was a very relatable character and I enjoyed going on this journey with her!
The other book I am reading is called: "Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship" by Russell Freedman. This is a fascinating parallel biography of two great men. The book includes amazing photographs, newspaper articles, and more from the 1800s. It is one thing to read about how Douglass' two sons signed up for the first African-American regiment from a free state (the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry) but it's another to see their faces in the book, staring back at you. Highly recommended!
Monday, April 1, 2013
This book is beautifully written and the illustrations are gorgeous! While you read, see if you notice the references to other fantasy books like the Narnia series (there are many!).
Here are some of the beautiful illustrations from artist Erin McGuire: