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Lois Lenski’s exquisite portraits of 20th century America’s hidden children

Lois Lenski Storycatcher Sustained Read Buy on Amazon Lois Lenski was a popular author/artist/illustrator in the latter half of the 20th century.  After starting out as an illustrator, she began to write and illustrate books for very young children and eventually moved into writing chapter books.  According to her biography, the first chapter books were …

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T.S. Eliot and the proper addressing of “Cats”

THE AD-DRESSING OF CATS You’ve read of several kinds of Cat,And my opinion now is thatYou should need no interpreterto understand their character.You now have learned enough to seeThat Cats are much like you and meAnd other people whom we findPossessed of various types of mind.For some are sane and some are madAnd some are …

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Share a Family Story (or Series) with your Family: Moving beyond the “Little House” Books

Reading Together Loving the Little House Books Don’t get me wrong, I love the Little House books. I had the entire set before I was really old enough to read them because my mom was a fan too. I still remember getting Little House in the Big Woods through the Scholastic Book club at school, …

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Besides Nancy Drew: Vintage (Feminist) Notes on Vintage Girls’ Book Series

If you have access to a good library, you might be able to find a copy of fiction writer’s early study of Nancy Drew and other series fiction, called The Girl Sleuth: A Feminist Guide that she wrote early in her career, back in the 1970’s. Mason’s study is a review of a range of …

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