Love is in the air! Or is it? Despite the myriad of hearts, chocolates, and flowers festooning every available merchandising spot, not everyone wants to read a love story this time of year. But what about a romance? Merriam-Webster defines “romance” as: “a prose narrative treating imaginary characters involved in events remote in time or place and […]
*Faerie Gold: Treasures from the Lands of Enchantment edited by Kathryn Lindskoog and Ranelda Mack Hunsicker. P&R, 2005. 304 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10, ages 10-12 Recommended For: all Bottom Line: An excellent collection of literary fairy tales by classic writers, tales that are rich with Truth and the best kind of storytelling. […]
Wise Words: Family Stories That Bring Proverbs to Life by Peter J. Leithart. Canon Press, 2003. 148 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Maturity Level: 2 (ages 4-8) and up In I Kings, Solomon notably asked the Lord for wisdom as a little child about to assume his father David’s crown. Proverbs is filled with Solomon’s […]
When you came to my jail cell and dropped this whole princess thing on me . . . how was I supposed to react? All of a sudden I went from being nobody to being long-lost royalty, and you expected me to jump up and accept this destiny that you’d worked out in your head, […]
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Feiwel and Friends, 2013. 452 pages. Age/interest level: 14-up. As a sequel, Scarlet picks up right where Cinder ended. Linh Cinder, now a fugitive fleeing New Bejiing, is struggling to accept the reality she has only just learned. . . . she wasn’t just a cyborg anymore. She was Lunar now. […]
Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Square Fish, 2012. 387 pages. Age/interest level: 14-up. Linh Cinder is a teenage mechanic, the best mechanic in New Beijing. She is also a cyborg, part of her limbs robotic due to a childhood accident. Early in the story, Cinder meets Prince Kai, heir apparent of New Beijing. Kai needs […]
This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from ourWinter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee. Knopf, 2014. 240 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12. Maturity Level: 3, 4 (ages 8-12) One Line Summary: Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “Snow Queen,” Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy is more […]
Today I’m going to demonstrate a close reading of one version of a classic fairy tale. My favorite book to use in demonstrating the illustrative power of a picture book is the Caldecott-award winning Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky. I wish I could include some images in this post to show all our dear readers […]
Welcome to Week 5 of our Summer Reading Challenge! If you’d like to see other posts in this series, check out our Summer Reading Challenge Page. The Light Princess by George MacDonald. Square Fish, 1984. 120 pgs. Ages 8 and up. George MacDonald was a Christian writer during the Victorian era who was influenced by […]
Dear Readers, There are still a few weeks before we start on The Light Princess by George MacDonald, but before we do, I’d like to open a few questions for discussion: What do you think about fairy tales? What is your experience with them? How many folk/fairy tales are you familiar with beyond what Disney has […]
Tuesday’s post about “Twisting Mother Goose” was headed down an alley I didn’t have room to address. So today’s post springs off YA lit-blogger Georgia McBride’s offhand comment about the dark side of the “Disney stories,” and why they are never cited for their disturbing elements. I’m assuming she means fairy tales, and her mention […]
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