• Letters From Father Christmas

    Beautiful Christmas Books That Evoke Generosity and Kindness

    Beautiful Christmas Books for the Whole Family It’s almost December again and that means it’s time to share a round-up post of some favorite Christmas books.  There are so many beautiful Christmas books to choose from, and because of this, the following list is fairly lengthy. At the end, therefore, you will find a printable list of all the titles I will mention. The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg is one of my favorite Christmas picture books. It is one that I received as a gift for St. Nicholas Day many years ago,…

  • Pages & Co. Book 2 | Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales

    Book Review |Pages & Co. Book 2|Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales

    “Books aren’t interested in who is reading them… A book will welcome any reader; any age, any background, any point of view. Books don’t care if you can’t understand every word in them, or if you want to skip bits or reread bits. Books welcome everyone who wants to explore them, and thankfully no one has ever worked out a way to stop that.” – Anna James, Tilly and the Lost Fairytales Pages & Co. 2 | Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales Today I want to show you a fairly recently published book, and quickly give you some of my thoughts about it. The…

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    Book Review |Pages & Co. 1| Tilly and the Book Wanderers

    “Are the things in your imagination less real than the things in front of you? Is this rose more real than you? Do the books you’ve read mean less to you because they haven’t really happened to you? Do daydreams at midday or nightdreams at midnight mean nothing?” – Anna James, Tilly and the Bookwanderers Pages & Co. 1 | Tilly and the Bookwanderers Eleven-year-old Matilda Pages or Tilly has lived with her grandparents in their bookshop, Pages & Co. ever since her mother’s mysterious disappearance shortly after Tilly was born. Just merely living in a bookshop with access to almost any book you want to read…

  • Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit

    Book Review | E. Nesbit’s Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare

    Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare by E. Nesbit I have noticed that there is some controversy about E. Nesbit’s Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare. There seems to be two popular opinions.  It is  one of the greatest retelling of Shakespeare’s plays ever written! When she wrote it, Edith Nesbit left out too much of the original plays. It seems that people are either all for it, or not for it at all. E. Nesbit always felt that children should be introduced to Shakespeare in an easier and more enjoyable way. She thoughtfully included a glossary of difficult names in the plays and a guide on how to…

  • Ballet Shoes

    Book Review | Ballet Shoes

    Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild I just finished reading Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild. It has been on my reading list for a very long time now. I received the book for Christmas and was very excited to start reading it, but as you may have noticed based on my blog posts between Christmas and now, I read a whole bunch of other books before finally reading this one. After dropping of the last baby, GUM leaves again, and does not return as usual. Sylvia, called Garnie (their version of Guardian) and Nana raised the three ‘Fossils’ When money gets short, with GUM not returning,…

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    Book Review | Crenshaw

    “Imaginary friends are like books. We’re created, we’re enjoyed, we’re dog-eared and creased, and then we’re tucked away until we’re needed again.” ~ Katherine Applegate, Crenshaw Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate Crenshaw is by Katherine Applegate, the author of The One and Only Ivan among other books. This one features Jackson and his family who are going through tough times financially. There is no money to pay the rent, hardly any money for food. Jackson, his little sister, his parents, and their dog may have to live in their minivan…again. Just when things are getting really rough, Jackson notices a cat. An abnormally large, outspoken cat.…

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    Book Review| Autumn Street

    “It was a long time ago.“Though it seems, sometimes, that most things that matter happened a long time ago, that is not really true. What is true is this: bu the time you realize how much something mattered, time has passed; by the time it stops hurting enough that you can tell about it, first to yourself, and finally to someone else, more time has passed; then, when you sit down to begin the telling, you have to begin this way:“It was a long time ago.” ~ Lois Lowry, Autumn Street Autumn Street by Lois Lowry Autumn Street by Lois Lowry is the first book…