A Book by the Brook — It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk

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

— William Shakespeare

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If you love books pulsing with voice, that magical quality that brings characters to life, you’ll love It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk, by Josh Funk, illustrated by Edwardian Taylor, Two Lions, 2017. Continue reading

A Book by the Brook — a house that once was

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

— William Shakespeare

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Finally an author explores an impulse I’ve had: to explore an abandoned house.  Julie Fogliano’s new book, A House That Once Was, illustrated by the phenomenal Lane Smith, is that book with stellar imagination and vivid color-magic! It makes me remember such a house in rural, Kudzu-draped North Carolina and another stripped of color by the salty, Maine air.

I wanted to explore an abandoned barn, far in Northern Michigan when I was a kid, but my father told me the floorboards might be rotten. That makes it all the more magical to see this in a book — no risk of life or limb! Having always wanted to go inside…

Copyright 2018 Brenda Davis Harsham

Notes: What is more magical than possibility and wonder?

A Book by the Brook — Grace Hopper

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

— William Shakespeare

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Warning, geek alert! My geek flag flies high in my love of Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code, by Laurie Wallmark, illustrated by Katy Wu, Sterling Children’s Books, 2017. Continue reading

A Book by the Brook — Another Way to Climb a Tree

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

— William Shakespeare

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Lulu, an adventurous redhead who gets chicken pox, finds a clever way to climb a tree while staying inside her bedroom in Another Way to Climb a Tree, by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Hadley Hooper, A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Book Press, 2017. Continue reading