Category Archives: Delia

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: 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: 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: 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

What We Are Reading: Black Beauty (a book review)

What We Are Reading: Black Beauty (a book review)

Summary “Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell is the story of a well-bred, well-mannered horse who initially was raised in happy and comfortable environment. Due to unfortunate circumstances, Black Beauty is eventually sold. During the 19th century in England, when this classic was written, it wasn’t uncommon for a horse to be treated like a commonContinue Reading

What We Are Reading: The Secret Garden (a book review)

What We Are Reading: The Secret Garden (a book review)

Summary “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett opens with 9-year-old Mary Lennox living in India.  As a result of her mother’s neglect and her servants heeding to her every whim, Mary can only be described in the beginning of this book as sullen, helpless, spoiled and self-centered.  After she is orphaned, she comes toContinue Reading