the little blue chair

Cary Fagan has written a timeless children’s book about the journey of a little blue chair from its first owner, a little boy, to its final owner, the daughter of the now-grown boy. Each owner declares the chair perfect for their particular need, traveling from suburbs to oceans to jungles.…

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the blue jackal

The Blue Jackal by Shobha Viswanath with illustrations by Dileep Joshi Viswanath’s retelling of The Blue Jackal is in rhyme, making it enjoyable to read aloud. Children can search for Juno the jackal on each page, who becomes blue after falling in a vat of Indigo. The other animals, who…

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the secret life of the lonely doll

What made me pick up a second-hand copy of Jean Nathan’s The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll I can’t recall. But, after reading the prologue, I stopped at the local library branch and checked out four of Dare Wright’s children’s books. As a child, I had never read the…

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lewis carroll: artist and librarian

The Mock Turtle tells Alice how he went to school in the sea, taking courses like Reeling and Writhing and Fainting in Coils. He means these to relate to Alice’s own lessons of Reading and Writing and Painting in Oils. The Mock Turtle also studied Mystery (History), Drawling (Drawing), and…

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