Tales From Frog Forest by Irina Lopatina
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Tales From Frog Forest by Irina Lopatina

Tales From The Frog Forest by Irina Lopatina and illustrated by Alla Shapiro, is a fun-filled collection of adventures that three unlikely friends face.  Lopatina’s writing is easy to follow and understand.  She employs clear descriptions, and incorporates dialogue between the characters, which helps the reader feel as if they are on the adventures with … Continue reading

<i>Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel</i> Review
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Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel Review

Lucha libre, meaning “free fighting”, is a form of wrestling that is a staple feature of Mexican history and culture. It is easily distinguishable from other forms of wrestling by the use of colorful masks and high-flying maneuvers, which provide audiences with mysterious characters and exciting performances. Writer and illustrator, Xavier Garza, wonderfully brings the … Continue reading

Review of Chinua Achebe’s <em>Chike and the River</em>
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Review of Chinua Achebe’s Chike and the River

Well-established African author, Chinua Achebe, spoke in an interview with Bill Moyers about how storytelling is important for the continuance of cultural foundations and for raising children within those structures. In response to the children’s books his daughter read when she was young, which Achebe called “toxic waste,” he took a break from writing novels to … Continue reading

Dream Something Big-The Story of Watts Towers
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Dream Something Big-The Story of Watts Towers

“Dream Something Big: Story of Watts Towers” Author: Dianna Hutts Aston   “Dream Something Big: The Story of Watts Towers” by Dianna Hutts Aston is nothing short of a wonderful children’s read. Between the breath-taking collages and true story of Italian immigrant Simon Rodia, it’s difficult to pick my favorite aspect of the book. The … Continue reading