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Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear - Book Review

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By Kyo Maclear, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062447616
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Published: HarperCollins - February 6th, 2018

This story of a daring girl from Rome, Italy who not only took the world of fashion by storm, but the world of art by storm too (lobster on your evening gown anyone?) is an amazing book that is artful and factual. The art of Julie Morstad ties the text together. And the pages pop with colors of all kinds, but especially pink, which was Schiaparelli’s favorite color. A must have for history, art, or fashion buffs. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by Chris Barton - Book Review

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By Chris Barton, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481465618
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Published: Beach Lane Books - September 25th, 2018

This is a great introduction to Barbara Jordan. While it focuses on her work and less on her personal life, it still gives a good overall picture. The afterwards cover more of her personal life. But as Jordan herself was private, nothing is too intruding. Older children (7 up) would be the perfect audience. But also, would be a fun "companion" time for the "adult or teen" learner to add to a presentation or talk. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Get to Know Bernardo de Galvez (English Edition) (Personajes del Mundo Hispanico / Historical Figures of the H) by Guillermo Fesser - Book Review

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$13.95
ISBN: 9781682921449
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Published: Loqueleo - May 12th, 2017

Did you know there was a Spaniard that helped win the Revolutionary War? Who? Bernardo de Gálvez, that’s who. He was the Governor of Louisiana and he helped George Washington win Florida, (which had been taken by the British), aboard his ship, the Galveztown. The city of Galveston, Texas, was named that way in his honor (same name, just “the way it sounded ... in Spanish”). Later, he went on to participate in the Battle of Yorktown, for which he persuaded the people of Málaga, Spain, to send money. They did indeed send money, the same they had saved to build the cathedral in that town. As a result, that building was left with only one tower, for which it’s usually referred to as the ‘one-armed church’. These are the kind of interesting bits of history you can find in this book, based on the real story of Teresa Valcarce, who helped make the politicians at the Capitol keep the centuries old promise to hang a portrait of Bernardo de Gálvez. ~ Reviewed by Adriana Gómez Piccolo


The United States v. Jackie Robinson by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062287847
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 2nd, 2018

The United States v. Jackie Robinson is not a typical biography of a baseball player. They start out with him being a child growing up as the only black family on their street. His mother’s strength and finally Jackie’s strength in the military. Few probably know that Jackie would not give up his seat on a bus either and it lead to a historic ruling, too. Finally, it ends with some of his baseball career and the Jackie Robinson most people know.
The timeline at the end of the book is a great tie-in to the history going on at the time as well as Robinson’s own time-line. The fact the author, Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, has focused on areas of Robinson’s life that the non-sports fan might not know about is refreshing. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art by Hudson Talbott - Book Review

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By Hudson Talbott, Hudson Talbott (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399548673
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 4th, 2018

The story of Thomas Cole, considered the founder of American’s art movement, is told in the pages of by Hudson Talbott. While Hudson does touch on some of the highlights of Cole’s life (how he immigrated to America, his walking across Pennsylvania, traveling Europe) he mostly tells how the art came to be and how Cole was considered not only a great artist but how he was considered one of Americas first artists that was truly “an American artist.” The Hudson River school of painting came about because of Cole and his love of nature, America and painting. It would be a great addition to a classroom library so you can teach of Thomas Cole, the Hudson River school of painting or give to a child who likes art. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of the Author of a Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters by Charlotte Jones Voiklis - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374307646
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - February 6th, 2018

Two of Madeleine L'Engle’s grandchildren have taken the stories of their grandmother, her journal entries, some never-before-seen photographs, letters and memories and made a biography of L’Engle’s life. Focusing on her early years, the authors paint a picture of how the woman who is known as a great writer got there. From a life of emotional ups and downs, boarding schools, war, the theater, writing, rejections, death, love and friendships, L’Engle comes to life. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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