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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.