Emmie Stuart

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Daniel's Good Day

How many times a week do you hear or speak the phrase “Have a good day!”? It’s what Daniel hears from his friendly neighbors. One sunny day, he sets out on a walk to Grandma’s house and decides to ask his good day–wishing neighbors, “What makes a good day for you?” Their answers...

Review of Toaff's Way audiobook

Toaff’s Way by Cynthia Voigt; read by Ariadne Meyers Intermediate    Listening Library    Rev. 9/18 5 CDs    5.9 hrs.    978-0-525-62479-0    $45.00 Separated from his family during a winter storm, Toaff, a young squirrel, resiliently sets out to find a new place to live. Over the course of the next three seasons,...

Review of Penny and Her Sled

Penny and Her Sled by Kevin Henkes; illus. by the author Primary    Greenwillow    56 pp. 10/19    978-0-06-293453-6    $14.99 Library ed.  978-0-06-293454-3    $15.89 In her first easy-reader outing in six years (most recently Penny and Her Marble, rev. 3/13), Penny waits for snow. It’s winter, and the young mouse wants nothing...

Review of The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone audiobook

The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty; read by Charlie Sanderson Intermediate    Recorded Books    Rev. 9/18 9 CDs    10.42 hrs.    978-1-9800-2728-7    $97.75 When she is ten years old, Bronte receives the news that her parents have been killed by pirates. According to their “faery cross-stitch”-bound will, Bronte...

Another

My sister, a high school English teacher, is one of the most well-read and story-loving persons on the planet. She reads voraciously, indiscriminately, and deeply. When she presses a book into my hands, I know it will demand focused and thoughtful reading. This was the case with Joseph Campbell’s The...

Review of The Little Guys

The Little Guysby Vera Brosgol; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Roaring Brook    40 pp.4/19    978-1-62672-442-6    $17.99The “strongest guys in the whole forest” are the Little Guys — small pastel-colored creatures with acorn-cap hats; red, nose-like appendages; and stick arms and legs. Together there is nothing they cannot conquer. For example,...

Hello Lighthouse

I like to believe that over ten years of reading books aloud to children has provided me with a strong sense of the ones that will capture not just their attention but also (and perhaps more importantly) their hearts and minds. The books they beg me to read again and...

A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider

In the words of E. B. White, "Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth." I think White would be pleased with Barbara Herkert’s and Lauren Castillo’s collaboration, A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E....

Little Fox in the Forest

On a bitterly cold January evening, a friend gave me a stack of ARCs of soon-to-be-released picture books. I meant to read them during the next day’s planning period at school, but the day got away from me and it wasn’t until near the end of the school day that...

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