Monday, August 5, 2013

The Lighthouse Family Series for Children

I absolutely adored The Lighthouse Family series by Cynthia Rylant with illustrations by Preston McDaniels.  Children and adults will enjoy reading about this loving lighthouse family: Pandora the Cat, Seabold the Dog and their three adopted mice children, Whistler, Lila and Tiny.  Each book in the series is centered on a new animal friend the family encounters at their lighthouse.  These books are filled with gentle adventure and kind characters.  You will not only love the stories but the illustrations are exceptional and  paint a vivid world you would love to visit.  I wish I had discovered this series when my daughter was younger as I think it is a lovely set to own as well as check out from you local library!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Silent Land by Graham Joyce

I found this story about a couple who experience an avalanche that propels them into an altered reality, incredibly compelling. Masterful storytelling keeps the reader engaged, as the couple experience this new static existence - is it benign or is it horrifying? Joyce's story is ultimately a love story, but with a rare premise. I loved it!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Halloween's Past and Present

A Halloween Reader: Poems, Stories, and Plays from Halloween Past (edition 2004) by Lesley Pratt Bannatyne

This is a well researched collection of Halloween stories, poems and plays - which evoke a sense of what halloween was like in the past, when the dead were closer and your future more readily glimpsed.  Read Ms. Bennatyne's introduction to understand why these themes were so prevalent!

Halloween Nation: Behind the Scenes of America's Fright Night (edition 2011) by Lesley Bannatyne

Ms. Bannatyne again provides the reader with a well researched and interesting read - this time she explores how Halloween is celebrated in contemporary America.  Her chapters range from man-made haunted houses and zombie crawls to halloween art and craft collectors!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A quiet tale of love that will envelope you as softly as the first snow of winter.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, is a sparse, mysterious tale that takes place in the Alaskan wilderness of the 1920's.  Seeking isolation and peace, Jack and Mabel, an older couple, must endure the Alaskan wilderness all the while mourning the fact that they are childless.

One magical evening, as the first snow falls, they decide to make a snow child.  In the morning, she is gone and so are the mittens and scarf that adorned her.  Now, through the trees, a young girl is glimpsed wearing the same red scarf and mittens running about with a pet fox.  Is she real or a mirage of their parental desire?  This novel is part fairy tale and part survival story. Ivey spins a quiet tale of love that will envelope you as softly and deeply as the first snow of winter.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Winter Pony by Iain Lawrence / The South Pole Ponies by Theodore K. Mason

Iain Lawrence has written a beautiful juvenile historical novel about Robert Falcon Scott's doomed expedition to reach the South Pole.  What makes this story so involving, is that Mr. Lawrence tells this story from the point of view of Jimmy Pigg, one of the white ponies who made the arduous journey.  This story is rich in historical detail and humanely told.  The voice of Jimmy Pigg is believable, heartbreaking and transcendant.  Wonderful for older children who love animals and adventure.  Be warned though, this story is tragic.

If children would like more information about these South Pole Ponies, they have another book they can turn too, and it is replete with photographs.  Theodore K. Mason has thoroughly researched both the Shackleton and Scott Expeditions and brings the plight of these men and ponies to vivid life.  This book was written in 1976, but it is a wonderful resource for children and adults interested in Scott, his ponies and Jimmy Pigg.  This book is cataloged for Young Adults so some parent supervision is advised.

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I am a reference librarian for a public library. My emphasis is on YA readers advisory as well as conducting storytimes for children (birth-five years). I have a Masters in Library and Information Science, as well as a background in Theatre.

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