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Gilly and Bud — More orphans of children’s literature

This summer I was introduced to two new orphans of children's literature. Who knew we needed more but we did. Read my review and see if you agree. Who is your favorite orphan of children's literature?

 
Gilly and Bud

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Mood Lifters

Read my picks for films and books to lift your spirits.

Mood Lifters
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The Talmadge Girls — A review by Kathleen Vincenz

No one heard the Talmadge girls speak, but they were famous. Very famous. Find out why.

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The trees kneel on March 1

My review of Maud Hart Lovelace’s The Trees Kneel at Christmas

What a delightful book! I’d worried that it wouldn’t be on a par with her other books, such as Betsy, Tacy and Tib, but it was so thoughtful, rich in description, and in love with the American-Lebanese community in Brooklyn that I needn’t worry. All great writers have empathy–Charles Dickens at the head of the list. Maud Hart Lovelace does too. She wrote a warm description of little Afify, her brother Hanna, and their parents, grandmother, and grand uncle. She showed their faith in action at they built a new home and community in a place as foreign from Lebanon as Brooklyn.

I had placed the book on hold long ago and only now received it. I thought it was the wrong time to read it but it snowed today. My town is blanketed in a rich heavy spiritual snow just like in Afify’s Brooklyn on Christmas Eve. All the trees knelt in Ann Arbor on March 1.

A video from Ann Arbor to go along with the book. Anyone else’s tree kneeling today?

Giant Snowflakes from Steve Winchester on Vimeo.