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This week, I posted:
–Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my review for:
–Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating more festivities and Green Bean Books!
Beautiful illustrations. Beautiful words. A little girl is inspired to follow her dancing dreams by the first African-American prima ballerina, Janet Collins. We Need Diverse Books and this is a wonderful title that answers that call.
A hilarious take on not only a familiar fairy tale but the art of storytelling as well. This is a perfect addition to the many other books that breaks down the wall between the book and its reader.
Told in verse, this chronicles the story of one family during a dark period of human history where Japanese Americans were interned. Whole lives were uprooted and destroyed. It still breaks my heart to read accounts- even fictionalized.
The new girl in the neighborhood threatens to ruin a friendship and the only way to settle it once and for all seems to be through a ball game called Russia. New alliances are formed in this surprisingly honest take of tweens.
Everything about this novel rang true. There will be mean people and sometimes they will win. But there are also good people and they will win.
I loved the portrayal of the parents here, especially at what Julia’s mom says at the end. It seemed honest and a bit gut-wrenching that she even had to say it. I can’t wait to recommend this!
Expect a review for this book during Wednesday’s Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge post:
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
I’m planning on reading more books for CYBILS.
Have a great reading week!