When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky: Two Artists, Their Ballet, and One Extraordinary Riot

 Stravinsky inspired Nijinsky. Nijinsky inspired Stravinsky. Together they decided to dream of something different and new. When I was about four or five years old, I was taken to see The Nutcracker, and like any kid, I promptly fell in love with ballet, pirouetting my way through the house for weeks afterwards. But instead of […]

What Elephant?

“Elephants don’t watch TV, and they certainly don’t eat chocolate chip cookies.” I’m not a fan of preachy books, or those that revolve around teaching kids a lesson, but I do have a soft spot for a great story that encourages  the sort of character traits that reinforce independent thinking, creativity, and imagination.  What Elephant? […]

Pecorino’s First Concert

Before the day is out, Pecorino will furmuzzle a man with a long mustache, wamboodle himself down into a tuba, and cause the most Brobdingnagian blast of a note that anyone has ever heard.  It’s all in a day’s work for Pecorino. How does one even begin to describe the best things about the story […]

Engelbert Sneem and His Dream Vacuum Cleaner

We have rascals and robbers and cheaters and pinchers And fibbers and squealers and rotters and stinkers. But out of them all there is nobody meaner Than Englebert Sneem and his Dream Vacuum Cleaner This story cracks me up.  Daniel Postgate is generally a pretty reliable author, but with Engelbert Sneem (published in the U.S. […]