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Presidents Day–What the Hay?

There didn’t used to be a Presidents Day; instead, Americans observed Lincoln (Feb. 12) and Washington (Feb. 22) separately.  But since those two had thoughtfully arranged to be born in the same month, and achieve the rank of Best President, and we didn’t want to slight the other 42 (I guess)—why not just slide them […]

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Award-Winning Science Picture Books

The Animal Book: a Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest—and Most Surprising—Animals on Earth, by Steve Jenkins.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013, 208 pages.  Age/interest level: 6-up. Steve Jenkins has made a name for himself writing about specified corners of the animal kingdom (see our review of The Beetle Book) and illustrating them with […]

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Walk Like an Egyptian–and a Roman

It’s nonfiction week at Redeemed Reader—or not entirely, but we’ve got a lot of nonfiction titles to review, including a quick trip around the world and a delve into scientific inquiry for the picture-book set.  Today we take a trip back in time—way back—to the ancient Egyptians and the slightly-less-ancient Romans. Treasury of Egyptian Mythology: […]

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Winter Tales

I live in a fairly mild climate.  Hardly has the first frost melted when cashiers and postal employees start saying, “I’m ready for spring.”  Come on, people!  It’s not like we have to chop our own wood and stoke our own leaky furnaces any more.  I like winter (within reason)—it gives land and trees a […]

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Comics: Whys, Hows, and Wherefores

Most kids enjoy comics or their upscale cousins, graphic novels.  Of those who enjoy them, many will decide they want to create them.  Does your son draw aliens and superheroes in his spare time?  Does your daughter block out stories in panels?  He or she might appreciate a little direction and a few pointers in […]

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November 22, 1963

Fifty years ago a president was violently assassinated.  John F. Kennedy’s place in history is mostly emblematic: baby-boomers remember his ease and charm and clever repartee with the White House press corps; they remember the breath of fresh air that blew through the White House as Jackie embarked on her restoration project.  Most of all, […]

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Hear That Lonesome Whistle: Locomotive and Train

Every year children’s publishing offers at least one major picture book related to trains, but this year we’ve been blessed with three.  One of them, Sherri Rinker’s Steam Train, Dream Train, we’ve already reviewed.  The other two, Brian Floca’s Locomotive and Elisha Cooper’s Train, were released within weeks of each other, and both to glowing […]

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Little Histories

One thing we’ve lost, in our modern fragmented world, is a sense of the story of history.  Between the rock of political correctness on one side and the hard place of scientific data analysis on the other, the narrative flow gets ground up and spit out in unconnected pieces.  Narrative history has its faults, the […]

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The Secret Lives of Scientists

On a Beam of Light: a Story of Albert Einstein, by Jennifer Berre, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky.  Chronicle, 2013, 50 pages.  Age/interest level: 6-9 Despite the title, this is not a story of Einstein; it’s the story, from birth and toddlerhood and unremarkable school career to revolutionizing the study of physics.  Though a late talker, […]

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Science Picture Books: Authors and Illustrators of Note

It’s Science September at RedeemedReader! The world of picture book nonfiction (or “information books,” as nonfiction is being called now) is exploding with very well done, well researched, and appealing titles. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are placing a premium on informational texts (aka “nonfiction”), so teachers are looking for solid nonfiction titles to […]

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Creative Math

When I was in elementary school it was called “arithmetic,” and one of the most terrifying aspects of that class was timed drills—the teacher would give everyone a single page of simple addition, subtraction, multiplication or division problems and we had to fill out as many answers as possible in five minutes.  This always caused […]

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