A Book by the Brook — Don’t Ask a Dinosaur

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

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This light romp from Deborah Bruss and Matt Forest Esenwine has loads of laughs as dinos try wrapping presents and baking cakes in Don’t Ask a Dinosaur. The text has loads of those tough dino names, all with dots to separate the syllables into pronounceable snack-sizes. And it scans smoothly and rhymes! I know, I couldn’t believe it either. Plus, Louie Chin did a wonderful job bringing the dinos to vivid but not-too-scary life. Continue reading

A Book by the Brook — Read! Read! Read!

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

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From its cover image of a book as a flying carpet to “stories/ that fly like birds”, Read! Read! Read! uplifts and envigorates. Poems by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater dance happily beside Ryan O’Rourke’s illustrations, and my favorite is the happy child disappearing into a magazine with actual magic! Really! Continue reading

A Book by the Brook — A Different Pond

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

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If you’re related to or friends with someone who immigrated (moved to your country) or emigrated (left your country), you’ll love this powerful and resonate picture book about a Vietnamese immigrant. Despite working two jobs, he wakes his son long before dawn. They fish for the family’s food. The dark sky has “faint stars like freckles.” Continue reading

A BOOK BY THE BROOK – HIDDEN CITY

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For those who like to be in on the newest news, you should check out the book trailer for a brand new poetry collection. Hidden parks and irrepressible dandelions put down tap roots and grow up wild in Sarah Grace Tuttle‘s Hidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlife, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2018. Continue reading

A Book by the Brook — Cinderella Around the World

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

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For all my fairy tale lovers (and to beat the March doldrums), I’ve scooped together various flavors of International Cinderellas, an ice cream sundae of humor and romance, for kids of all ages:

In the style of radio’s heyday, there’s a wonderful theatrical version accompanied by Rossini opera music (produced by Minnesota Public Radio | American Public Media). Continue reading

A BOOK BY THE BROOK – Weird Witchy Words

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

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If fantasy and magic are your cup of tea, you’ll enjoy the Shifter by Janice Hardy, the Apprentice Witch by James Nichol and the Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee by Erin Petti. The first has magical healers, the second has a girl who’s in over her head trying to help a community in peril and the third has spells that predate pagans. So if you want a break from the news, sit a spell and weave magic with great writers.

Copyright 2018 Brenda Davis Harsham

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A Book by the Brook – Cricket in the Thicket

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

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If you like poetry about creepy-crawlies, then Cricket in the Thicket is for you!  Continue reading

Autumnal treat

Speaking of gilded tomes, I read the Apprentice Witch by James Nicol, and it was delicious! Now I’m in the middle of Black Witch, very suspenseful. I’m also reading Hunter, Elite and Apex by Mercedes Lackey. Yum, such fun! A little magic with my Halloween chocolate. And here is some magic from Lavender.

Lavender Moon: Artist, Poet and Lover of Nature

Autumn’s door closes as

Winter’s door opens to

A welcoming hearth of

Glowing embers: friends remembered.

Bessoms sweeping crispy leaves,

Birds feeding on filigree seeds.

Sipping warm mead, reading

Gilded tomes about far away homes,

goblins, gnomes, fairies and

Treasure troves.

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