Monthly Archives: August 2020

The Snow Queen

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After watching the Hillsdale College Classic Children’s Literature lesson on The Snow Queen, I had to read the story for myself. I got a version of this Hans Christian Anderson story, which was illustrated by Yana Sedova. The pictures were sumptuous with lots of icy blues to capture the world of the story.

After watching the lecture, I noticed so many facets of this tale and its theme of reason vs. imagination (a false dichotomy if ever there was one). I don’t remember ever reading The Snow Queen though I had a vague familiarity with its plot. I liked it’s depiction of friendship and loyalty as well as its emphasis on friendship.

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Posted by on August 18, 2020 in book review, Children's Lit, fiction


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Hate That Cat

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Sharon Creech’s Hate that Cat is a super quick read, perfect if you have a book report due tomorrow and hadn’t started a book. Though Creech’s Walk Two Moons is among my favorite novels for children, Hate that Cat didn’t grab me.

Evidently, Hate that Cat is the second book in a series. The hero writes letters to his favorite teacher and shares all his thoughts about poetry, cats, dogs, and writing with the teacher. The book introduces young readers to poets like William Carlos Williams and Edgar Allen Poe. The most interesting facet of the book was that the narrator’s mother is deaf and he can sign ASL.

For a mature reader, there isn’t much in the theme that isn’t well worn ground. The book doesn’t delight readers of all ages, which is a hallmark of the best of children’s literature. The narrator seemed like a cookie cutter Creech hero, but one who shares little of his personality or background.

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Posted by on August 16, 2020 in book review, Children's Lit, fiction


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Coming Soon on the Book Club

Next on Prager U’s Book Club, Brave New World. I’ve ordered it from the library so I can reread it.

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Posted by on August 11, 2020 in fiction


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Silent Sunday

Yesterday was National Book Lovers’ Day. How did I miss that?

Ruined for Life: Phoenix Edition

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Posted by on August 9, 2020 in fiction


The Worry Book

My newest cousin, Katrina of the Park City Library, shares picture books with kids during the lockdown.

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Posted by on August 8, 2020 in Children's Lit, fiction


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