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Swan Lake

Swan Lake by Lisbeth Zwerger story by Pyotr Tchaikovsky North South Books (32pp) ages 6 and up, ISBN 0735817022 Zwerger’s retelling of Tchaikovsky’s ballet is beautiful in every way. The story of a woman who is transformed into a swan by an evil sorceror is simply told, and Zwerger’s paintings are set in muted blues and grays […]

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Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan Scholastic Press, $19.99 (592p), ages 10-14, ISBN 978-0-439-87402-1 I’d been looking forward to reading Echo, and then I won it in a Goodreads giveaway! I adored Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan and have given it away a dozen times to people I love, and I can’t wait to do the same […]

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Learn to Speak Music by John Crossingham

Learn to Speak Music by John Crossingham illus. by Jeff Kulak. Owlkids $27.95 (96p), ages 9-13, ISBN 978-1-897349-65-6 For any kid who’s ever wanted to write a song, start a band, record music, or play a gig…Learn to Speak Music is a book well worth checking out! Read more about this book…   Want to suggest a […]

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The Bear and the Piano

The Bear & the Piano by David Litchfield Clarion, $16.99 (40p), ages 4-7, ISBN 978-0-544-67454-7 This is a gorgeously illustrated book about a bear who learns to play the piano, goes out into the world to share his gifts, then returns home to play for his favorite audience of all. The sunlight in the forest scenes […]

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Marching for Freedom

Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don’t You Get Weary by Elizabeth Partridge Viking $19.99 (72p), ages 10+, ISBN 978-0-670-01189-6 Truly amazing and historic things can happen when individuals work together. In this book, Elizabeth Partridge writes about one of the great moments in American history: the Civil Rights movement. She tells the true […]

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Sounds Like a Rainbow

Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix by Gary Golio illus. by Javaka Steptoe, Clarion, $16.99 (32p), ages 6-9, ISBN 978-0-618-85279-6 Jimi Hendrix is one of America’s music legends. In the 1960’s he brought new sounds and energy to rock ‘n roll and revolutionized the way people heard and thought about […]

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