New Book Roundup
Lousy, lame Blogger! This post was supposed to be up and running yesterday, but for some reason, I didn't have a good "connection" to their database or whatever. Yarrrgh. Anyway: I'm back! Forgive me, dear bleaders, for taking so long to post again -- can I beggar pity if I mention that my trip involved 12+ hours of solo driving? Although I was able to fit in a pedicure whilst out and about (ooo, sparkle toes) so I guess I shouldn't garner too much pity. And yes, the wedding was lovely. But -- back to work. Let the new books roll!
There’s a bevy of children’s historical fiction about Shakespeare out there – it’s about time that Christopher Marlowe got his due, if you ask me. The year is 1592, and fourteen-year-old Rosalind Archer is a Catholic at a time when the religion was illegal in England. When her father is hauled off to prison for keeping the faith, Rosalind disguises herself as a boy and heads off to
I know more than one librarian who refer to Raschka as a “secret boyfriend.” As in his previous picture books, Five for a Little One manages to be whimsical, elegant, and sentimental all at once. It’s basically a description of the five senses, as seen through the perspective of a little rabbit. Raschka uses a combination of ink drawings, watercolor, and block prints to show Rabbit experiencing rather iconic tastes, smells, sounds, etc. The softly rounded, black-and-white rabbit capers about on white pages, encountering a rainbow of cars, flowers, vegetables, and snowflakes. With a gently rhyming text, this atmospheric book would be a great read-aloud for a unit or storytime about the body. “Five senses – just enough – to know the love we have for you,” is the last line in the book. Do you know the love we have for you, Chris?
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The world of children’s literature just isn’t going to be the same without Margaret Hodges. An esteemed folklorist (and fellow Pittsburgher), she passed away in 2005. This book, published posthumously, showcases Hodges’ talents one last time – the old story of Dick Whittington’s rise to fame and fortune from the streets of