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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
Moeckel shows Khalida’s frustration with being unable to capture the music she is hearing as it is never the “right time.” However, she also shows Khalida never giving up. She keeps trying to capture that song no matter what. Moeckel’s illustrations are rich watercolors and captures the music physically on the page. A lovely book for lovers of music, art and children who like good books. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette
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
Ngozi Ukazu, a self-proclaimed person who knew nothing about hockey, went about writing Check, Please! Book 1: Hockey! This is a coming of age for a very out, awkward, young man from a small Georgian town. He is at a college known for its LGBT-friendly policies and the moody, handsome captain of the hockey team. Bitty is not unaware of any of this as he does his regular Vlog about life, school, hockey, and baking pies. Ages 14 and up due to language and college life portrayals. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette
Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and Ebony Glenn show a family who happen to be Muslim. They show how we are all the same within our differences. (What child does not play dress up? What child does not at least know someone with a sibling?) Thompkins-Bigelow’s text is straight forward and told in a typical child’s voice. The only thing shown is a welcoming, loving family and the extended community that is another type of family. The amazingly bright illustrations of Ebony Glenn capture the different brilliant rainbow of colors that the mother has for her khimars. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette