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THE HONEYBEE by Kirsten Hall Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault…2020 MN STAR OF THE NORTH nominee

The Honeybee is a picture book that tries to detail the annual cycle for a honeybee. The illustrations have a watercolor feel without the washed-out effect that can sometimes happen with that medium.  Everything is in shades of yellow set off by dark black and occasional pinks, which definitely stresses the topic of the book … Continue reading

BUBONIC PANIC: When Plague Invaded America by Gail Jarrow

If you had told me two weeks ago that I would be fascinated by a book about the bubonic plague I would’ve laughed at you.  Then I read Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow.  It’s not a book I would ordinarily have chosen off a library shelf to read.  However, because I had seen this book … Continue reading

WATER IS WATER by Miranda Paul…2016-17 Star of the North nominee

I have to confess that I did not have high expectations for a book about the water cycle.  Water is Water thoroughly engaged and impressed me!  It begins–as all the best ideas and concepts do–with a question, a wonderment: Drip.  Sip.  Pour me a cup.  Water is water…unless So begins a book of curiosity..unless…what if?  … Continue reading

THE PORT CHICAGO 50: DISASTER, MUTINY AND THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS by Steve Sheinken

The Port Chicago 50 opened my eyes to historical facts and events of which I was totally unaware.  I was outraged when I finished it.  I was frustrated and uncomfortable and feeling like I should DO something about a glaring injustice that–although instrumental in changing the treatment of Black Americans in the U.S. military–remains to … Continue reading

A BLACK HOLE IS NOT A HOLE by Carolyn Cinami Decristofano

A Black Hole is Not a Hole is a thrilling in content and language.  It is a rare nonfiction book written for younger readers–although I believe it has wide appeal–that is exciting and accessible.  A longtime astronomy enthusiast, I find the study of astronomy and its many amazing phenomena to be fascinating.  Decristofano’s book brings that … Continue reading

T4 by Ann Clare LeZotte

T4 is the sometimes touching, sometimes horrifying story of Paula. I was born In a little house On a street With tall poplar trees.   I could see Bluish hills In the distance.   That was my home. But my country, Germany, Was not my home.   Our leader, Adolf Hitler, And the Nazi Party … Continue reading

ZARAFA: THE GIRAFFE WHO WALKED TO THE KING by Judith St. George Illustrated by Britt Spencer

Zarafa is the fascinating true story of a singular giraffe.  In 1827 the King of Egypt, in an effort to improve political relations, sent a giraffe to King Charles X of France as a gift.  This is the story of that giraffe’s journey. Zarafa was captured at the age of 2 in North Africa.  Too … Continue reading

MARIA VON TRAPP: BEYOND THE SOUND OF MUSIC by Candice F. Ransom

I loved The Sound of Music from the first time I saw the movie–and countless viewings later I still love it.  When my mother told me that it was a true story, that Maria and the Captain, their children and their escape from Austria and the Nazis were actual people it enhanced the connection I … Continue reading

I FEEL BETTER WITH A FROG IN MY THROAT: HISTORY’S STRANGEST CURES by Carlyn Beccia

    I Feel Better is admittedly a bizarre nonfiction addition to anyone’s reading list.  It is compelling in both content and format.  It is–as the title suggests–a compendium of past medical cures used from Ancient Times up through the 20th Century. The format of the book is the genius of its appeal: (1) it … Continue reading

MY BEST FRIEND WILL by Jamie Lowell & Tara Tuchel

My Best Friend Will is a terrific picture book describing the friendship between Jamie and Will.  Jamie and Will are best friends.  The key element to their friendship portrayed in the book is the fact that Will has autism. The book does a fantastic job of explaining autism in a way that is easily understandable to … Continue reading