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After a long day of cruisn’ through the various adventures in life (Indiana Jones has nuttin’ on me), nothing hits the spot like…chocolate. But once you say chocolate that’s all you need say. So these pages are dedicated to a few of my other passions: alligator wrestling, bull riding, reading books (big books, little books, picture books, no pictures books, even little black books), listening to music (from A to Z and back again) and a variety of other things. So take a minute to browse some of my faves and I hope they become some of yours.

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


Khalida and the Most Beautiful Song by Amanda Moeckel - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781624145797
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Published: Page Street Kids - September 18th, 2018

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


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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$19.99
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


Check, Please!: # Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu - Book Review

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781250177964
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Published: First Second - September 18th, 2018

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


Mommy's Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781534400597
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - April 3rd, 2018

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


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