Category Archives: What We Are Reading

What We Are Reading: Ducktails (a book review)

Summary “Ducktails” by Janette Oke is the story of an inquisitive duckling named Quackery who is seeking to make sense of himself, his fellow barnyard companions, and the rest of the world. Since birth, something inside Quackery has compelled him to compare himself with the rest of his peers… Did he look the same asContinue ReadingContinue Reading

What We Are Reading: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (a book review)

Summary “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” by Robert C. O’Brien is the story of a widowed mouse who lives on a farm with her four small children.  One of the children acquires pneumonia and is under strict orders not to leave his home, which worries Mrs. Frisby and plowing season on the farm willContinue Reading

What We Are Reading: Twig (a book review)

Summary “Twig” by Elizabeth Orton Jones (a Caldecot award winner) is a classic children’s story of a poor little girl who lives with her parents on the fourth floor of a rundown apartment house in New York City in the earlier part of the century. Twig’s life is rather ordinary and she entertains herself by playingContinue Reading

What We Are Reading: The Cricket in Times Square (a book review)

Summary “The Cricket in Times Square” by George Selden is the story of a Cricket named Chester who meanders into a picnic basket in the Connecticut countryside one day and ends up taking the train with the picnickers back to New York City. Chester winds up in the Times Square subway station and the soundContinue Reading

What We Are Reading: The Doll People (a book review)

Summary “The Doll People” by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin is the tale of the life of a porcelain doll named Annabelle. Although Annabelle doll is only 8-years old, she’s been “alive” for over 100 years, existing with her family inside their doll house at 26 Wetherby Lane. Currently, Annabelle and her family areContinue ReadingContinue Reading

What We Are Reading: Pippi Longstocking (a book review)

Summary “Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren is the story of a young, perky, and imaginative girl who lives alone with her pet horse and monkey in a house in Sweden called “Villa Villekulla. According to Pippi, her father has been lost at sea and her mother died when she was a wee babe, but PippiContinue ReadingContinue Reading

What We Are Reading: Where The Mountain Meets The Moon (a book review)

What We Are Reading: Where The Mountain Meets The Moon (a book review)

Summary “Where The Mountain Meets The Moon” by Grace Lin is the story of a young girl named Minli who lives in scanty hut with her parents in the unprosperous town of “Fruitless Mountain”. While Minli’s mother is bitter over their lack of fortune, her father attempts to keep his daughter’s spirits up by tellingContinue ReadingContinue Reading

What We Are Reading: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (a book review)

What We Are Reading: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (a book review)

Summary “Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle” by Betty MacDonald is the story of a quirky, yet caring woman who smells of cookies and lives all alone in an upside-down house.  Although she doesn’t have any of her own, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle enjoys the company of children so much, she allows them to come over any time they please, andContinue Reading

What We Are Reading: The Mouse and the Motorcycle (a book review)

What We Are Reading: The Mouse and the Motorcycle (a book review)

Summary “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” by Beverly Cleary is the story of a young mouse named Ralph who resides at the run-down Mountain View Inn along with the rest of his relatives.  Ralph has seen many guests come and go, but until Keith, a young boy who checks in with his family one weekend,Continue Reading

What We Are Reading: Lisa and Lottie (a book review)

What We Are Reading: Lisa and Lottie (a book review)

Summary “Lisa and Lottie” by Erich Kästner is the story of identical twin girls who meet for the first time (to their recollection) at camp, the summer when they are 9-years old. Initially, Lisa and Lottie, not knowing they are twins, quarrel because one looks like the other. Eventually, after discovering they each share aContinue Reading