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From Colosseum by Sarah Arvio "and all the beauty and the blasphemy. Petals, petals, scattering from the stands where only vestals were allowed to sit, having tended the flame for all of us. Here, I knew, was the empire of my soul showing on my face as I turned to you."

RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul by Carole Boston Weatherford - Book Review

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781534452282
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 25th, 2020

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, illustrated by Frank Morrison, is the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book winner.
With spare language and beautiful painterly like illustrations this book charts Aretha's rise and struggles to forge a life in music as bold & big & beautiful as her voice. ~ Reviewed by Jessica Wood


Mistletoe: A Christmas Story by Tad Hills - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780593174425
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 29th, 2020

Embodying the spirit of friendship and giving, this sweet and cozy story illustrates the lengths one little mouse goes to so that her beloved friend can enjoy the season, but most of all the snowy terrain she loves. A wonderful introduction to the true meaning of the season. ~ Reviewed by Jessica Wood


Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale by Eric A. Kimmel - Book Review

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By Eric A. Kimmel, Matthew Trueman (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781368041751
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020

This wholly original story weaves in the traditions and beliefs associated with Hanukkah. When young Simon is stranded on an ice floe on his way to America, a Menorah and a polar bear are his saving graces. His belief in miracles and the origin of Hanukkah light the way to his rescue and good fortune for him and his family upon arrival in America. ~ Reviewed by Jessica Wood


Reynard the Fox by Anne Louise Avery - Book Review

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By Anne Louise Avery (Retold by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781851245550
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Published: Bodleian Library, University of Oxford - November 29th, 2020

A spirited and refreshing revival of one of the most beloved characters in European folklore. The relevance of the themes portrayed here is startling considering the fable was first published in 1481! With a few contemporary twists this is a shining example of the timelessness of a character who was a voice for the disenfranchised, but being the clever fox he was, the elite also found him amusing and delightful. Beautiful in all the ways of a beloved classic. ~ Reviewed by Jessica Wood


The Ranger by Nancy Vo - Book Review

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781773061283
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Published: Groundwood Books - August 6th, 2019

This starkly beautiful tale reminds us of the intrinsic relationship between humanity and the natural world. More of a fable than a story, the ink and watercolor illustrations imbue it with equal eloquence. ~ Reviewed by Jessica Wood


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