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When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky: Two Artists, Their Ballet, and One Extraordinary Riot
Mar 13th, 2014 by Noodlenuts

 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 contributing to my new games of pretend by buying me a tutu, my father bought me a Tchaikovsky record, Read the rest of this entry »

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A Leaf Can Be
Aug 21st, 2012 by Noodlenuts

A leaf is a leaf.

It bursts out each spring

when sunny days linger and orioles sing.

It’s hard to know how to even begin to describe the loveliness that is Laura Purdie Salas’ A Leaf Can Be.

I regularly bemoan the lack of really wonderful non-fiction picture books, particularly ones that are appropriate for toddlers. It’s not the fault of the authors, of course—it’s incredibly hard to write something for very, very young children that contains factual information but is still special and interesting and will capture their attention.  A Leaf Can Be, however, does exactly that. Read the rest of this entry »

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Owen & Mzee
May 19th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

All other considerations aside, the story of Owen the hippopotamus and his adoptive mother/friend Mzee—a 130-year-old giant tortoise—will always be a striking and beautiful one simply because it is both extraordinary and true. Read the rest of this entry »

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Uncle Andy’s: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol
May 16th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Uncle Andy’s is an unusual treat—a non-fiction children’s book that reads like a weird and wonderful fictional tale.  This is the first book written by Andy Warhol’s nephew, James Warhola, an artist in his own right who has illustrated a number of other popular children’s books. The story takes the reader right into the middle of the day-to-day life of one of the most famous artists of modern times, allowing us to see him not just at arm’s length, but from the perspective of a little boy for whom Warhol was just his always-amusing “Uncle Andy”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mammoths on the Move
May 13th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Massive, hairy,

Legendary,

wonderful woolly mammoths!

I find that it can often be difficult to get young children interested in non-fiction books, simply because they crave the familiar structure of a story and have trouble staying focused on the simple presentation of facts, no matter how age-appropriate or lively the writing might be. Read the rest of this entry »

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