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Reviews of Children's Literature

A Fine Dessert

Written By: Emily Jenkins
Illustrated By: Sophie Blackall

A Fine Dessert

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Summary: Depicts families, from England to California and from 1710 to 2010, preparing and enjoying the dessert called blackberry fool. Includes a recipe and historical notes.

Rating: 4 ****

A fascinating look at how lives and technology have changed through the years. Even more interesting are the author and illustrator notes involving their craft and research in developing the book. Of important note, this story did receive criticism for its too gentle depiction of slavery.

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Shackleton’s Journey

By: William Grill

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Shackleton’s Journey

Summary:
Details Shackleton’s journey to Antarctica. This book takes the academic and historical information behind the expedition and reinterprets it for a young audience.

Rating: 4 ****

The amazing tale of Ernest Shackleton and his and his crew’s attempt to voyage to Antarctica. Grill focuses on items that will be of interest to children, such as the 69 dogs, and weaves the tale with lots of illustrations for young readers.

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Dear Mr. Washington

Written By: Lynn Cullen
Illustrated By: Nancy Carpenter

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Dear Mr. Washington

Summary:
In April, 1796, young Charlotte Stuart writes a series of letters to George Washington, whose portrait is being painted by her father, reporting on her efforts and those of her brothers to follow the rules of good behavior in the book Mr. Washington gave them. Includes historical notes.

Rating: 4 ****

A nice way to educate kids on the famous painting of George Washington that hangs in the National Gallery in Washington D.C. Cullen really captures how kids and President Washington would have gotten along.

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Cat and Dog

By Michael Foreman

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Cat and Dog

Summary:
Dog takes care of a trio of kittens when their mother, Cat, gets trapped in a fisherman’s van while trying to find breakfast.

Rating: 4 ****

A story of friendship and helping.

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Jubilee

Written By: Alicia Potter
Illustrated By: Matt Tavares

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Jubilee! : one man’s big, bold, and very, very loud celebration of peace

Summary:
A young boy growing up in Ireland, Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore loved music–the louder, the better! This love of music followed him to Boston in 1849, where he became a band leader. During the brutal Civil War, it was music that kept up his spirits and those of his fellow soldiers. So when the war ended and peace was restored to the country, Patrick had an idea. He would create the biggest, boldest, loudest concert the world had ever known to celebrate. A peace jubilee! But with twelve cannons, forty church bells, one thousand musicians, and ten thousand singers, just how would all of this sound?

Rating: 4 ****

An interesting story about a musical moment in history.

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Pig on the Titanic

By Gary Crew

Pig on the Titanic
Reviewed by Children’s Book List

On the disastrous night when the ocean liner Titanic sinks, the sounds of a pig-shaped music box cheer children escaping in a lifeboat.

Rating: 4 ****

The most intersting thing about this book is that it really is a true story. Beyond that it doesn’t offer much to this age bracket.

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