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Wayback Wednesday ~ The Hundred Dresses – Eleanor Estes

My daughter and I read this book together a couple of years ago, and we are still talking about it.

The Hundred Dresses tells a thought provoking tale about peer pressure.  Although written in the 1940’s it is sadly still highly relevant.  It is a short book, but there is great depth to this story.  […]

The Great Shelby Holmes: Girl Detective – Elizabeth Eulberg

The Great Shelby Holmes is a fun, touching, and exciting tale.  It features Shelby Holmes who is an amazing sleuth and her new friend John who becomes her crime solving partner.  A great middle school mystery tale, The Great Shelby Holmes also shares the story of a developing friendship.

Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay – Susan Hood

I first became aware of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay from an episode of 60 Minutes.  This uplifting and inspirational children’s book shares the story of that very special orchestra which is composed of instruments made from recycled trash.  Ada’s Violin is beautifully written and illustrated.  After reading it, I highly recommend watching one of […]

The Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stewart

It is always fun to find a new series that our daughter enjoys.  The Mysterious Benedict Society is an engaging adventure tale featuring intermediate grade students.  Our daughter could not put this one down.  I found her reading it as she tried to brush her teeth! 

Stepping on Cheerios: Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life – Betty Singleton Snyder

Stepping on Cheerios: Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life is written in a very conversational tone and includes a variety of popular cultural references.  The book provides a good reminder about keeping things in perspective and being able to see the blessings that are all around us through the use of Biblical […]

Nurk: The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a (Somewhat) Brave Shrew – Ursula Brewer

Nurk is a wonderful adventure story that features a shrew named Nurk who is an unlikely hero.  Courage, friendship, kindness and hope are explored in this thought-provoking tale that will delight intermediate elementary readers as well as their parents. 

Blogging Vacation

I am taking a blogging vacation this week in order to enjoy the first week of summer vacation with our daughter.  My next new post will be published on June 12th.