February 2016, In My Bookbag


My reading resolutions for this year revolve around a set of too-long-unread books. Many of which were too-long-unread because they are long and complicated. Like Marge Piercy's Gone to Soldiers and Leslie Marmon Silko's Gardens in the Dunes, which I have been leaving at home, while these slimmer volumes have been

February 2016, In My Bookbag2019-03-20T14:35:55-05:00

Inuit Folktales


The story begins with background about the strange, magical being called the Qalupalik. Are you acquainted? Readers learn that they have an amauti made of eider duck skins, which they use to kidnap children, and they live in the water, so their skin is like fish scales. Readers

Inuit Folktales2014-03-17T14:26:03-05:00

The Guardians of Childhood: Three Volumes


Simon & Schuster, 2011 Just as in the Harry Potter stories, the William Joyce tales begin with a younger reader in mind and, then, as the pages turn, both child and story grow. The first volume, The Man in the Moon, scarcely seems to be in the same

The Guardians of Childhood: Three Volumes2014-03-17T13:30:16-05:00

Once Upon a Time 2012: At Last!


The details are here. In short, it's all about having fun. (So says Carl, the inimitable host.) Shouldn't be much of a challenge, really, with great company and great stories. There are many quests from which to choose. I'd like to opt for the Multi-Quest version, please. That's Quest the Second (with at

Once Upon a Time 2012: At Last!2020-10-20T09:36:34-05:00

BHM: Virginia Hamilton and Patricia McKissack


Each of these books is illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. Do you know their work? (They're the husband-and-wife team who have claimed awards ranging from the Caldecott to the Hugo to the Coretta Scott King Honor.) This is remarkable not only for the quality of the work but because

BHM: Virginia Hamilton and Patricia McKissack2014-03-15T19:16:40-05:00
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