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Chinese Fables: The Dragon Slayer and Other Timeless Tales of Wisdom | Book Review

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Chinese Fables: The Dragon Slayer and Other Timeless Tales of Wisdom | Book Review

This collection of pithy tales is multi-layered. The stories linger in the mind the way a good poem resonates. They are ancient Chinese fables Shiho S. Nunes has expanded into longer tales.

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My First Book of Chinese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book | Book Review

| April 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
My First Book of Chinese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book | Book Review

This unique and charming alphabet book uses rhymes and fact snippets to introduce Chinese words to a pre-schooler. The words are written in Pinyin, a sound system using Roman letters to write Chinese sounds. Words introduced are significant in Chinese culture, but relatable in any culture.

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The Girl with a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran, by Rita Jahanforuz | Book Review

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Girl with a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran, by Rita Jahanforuz | Book Review

Set in Tehran, Iran, this quite original tale is a reminder that story themes are universal. At times it has the feel of Cinderella with a cultural twist. Other times, it is reminiscent of Charles Perrault’s tale of the kindly sister and the bad-tempered sister, whose deeds have different outcomes.

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Me & Mr. Bell: A Novel, by Philip Roy | Book Review

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
Me & Mr. Bell:  A Novel, by Philip Roy | Book Review

This book will appeal to middle grade readers who like stories about inventions, airplanes, famous people, overcoming difficulties, and life in earlier times.

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Lola’s Fandango, by Anna Witte | Book Review

| March 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Lola’s Fandango, by Anna Witte | Book Review

This is a charming book in so many ways, and definitely fun for a family to enjoy together. It will appeal to readers ages 5 to 8, who like stories about Spanish culture, stories about sisters, and surprising revelations about parents.

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Beyond the Moongate: True Stories of 1920s China, by Elizabeth Quan | Book Review

| March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Beyond the Moongate: True Stories of 1920s China, by Elizabeth Quan | Book Review

Quan’s watercolor paintings bring each anecdote to life in brilliant jewel tones and with quirky humor. This is a beautiful book for families to share and for individual readers to revisit.

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My Writing and Reading Life:
Patricia Hruby Powell

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
My Writing and Reading Life:<br />Patricia Hruby Powell

Patricia Hruby Powell danced throughout the Americas and Europe with her dance company, One Plus One, before becoming a writer of children’s books. She is the author of Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, an extraordinary portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker written in exuberant verse. She lives in Champaign, Illinois. You can visit her online at talesforallages.com.

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Illustration Inspiration: Diane Goode

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Illustration Inspiration: Diane Goode

DIANE GOODE has illustrated 55 beloved and critically acclaimed picture books, including the New York Times best seller, FOUNDING MOTHERS and the Caldecott Honor Book, WHEN I WAS YOUNG IN THE MOUNTAINS.

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If You Were Me and Lived in … India: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World | Dedicated Review

| March 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
If You Were Me and Lived in … India: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World | Dedicated Review

In her latest addition to the fun and educational series “If You Were Me and Lived In …,” award-winning author and former social studies teacher Carole P. Roman introduces young readers to the country of India.

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If You Were Me and Lived in … Turkey: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World | Dedicated Review

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
If You Were Me and Lived in … Turkey: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World | Dedicated Review

Are you ready to travel off to yet another amazing country with award-winning author and former social studies teacher Carole P. Roman? This time she takes young readers to the only country that has a major city that sits on two continents.

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