Category Archives: international books

Lithuania

What do you know about Lithuania? I certainly didn’t know much before reading Ruta Sepetys’ books. I knew it was one of the Baltic states, taken over by the Soviet Union in the early years of World War II and kept … Continue reading

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Review: Applesauce

Applesauce by Klaas Verplancke My rating: 4 of 5 stars translated by Helen Mixter. Originally published in Belgium, 2010. Wonderful depiction of a loving relationship between a father and son — with all it’s ups and downs. There are times … Continue reading

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Review: The Last Dragon

The Last Dragon by Silvana De Mari My rating: 5 of 5 stars Translated from the Italian. The prose is beautifully done; I’d love to be able to read the original Italian. A story in two parts. Yorsh (short for … Continue reading

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A trip down the Amazon

The Great Snake: Stories from the Amazon (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2008) is a fascinating collection of nine stories interwoven with factual details of  author Sean Taylor’s travels through the Amazon rainforest. The inclusion of these elements sets the stories … Continue reading

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The Children of Crow Cove

I’ve recently read Danish author Bodil Bredsdorff’s series, the Children of Crow Cove, which begins with The Crow-Girl (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004), translated by Faith Ingwersen. Eidi was translated by Kathryn Mahaffyin 2009, and Tink was translated by Elisabeth … Continue reading

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November is Picture Book Month

I kindof think every month is picture book month, but I’m happy to see picture books honored in November. I do believe in the picture book as an art form and in picture books for older readers. I just made … Continue reading

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Biblioburro: Book and Screen

A few months ago I read Jeanette Winter’s Biblioburro (Beach Lane, 2010), a small, bright picture book with a subject impossible for a librarian to dislike! The story is based on the life of Luis Soriana, who delivers books to … Continue reading

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Thinking about revolution

China’s Cultural Revolution is a period of history I know little about.  Probably because it was happening in my childhood and in school we didn’t get much past World War II. In college I majored in International Studies, and concentrated … Continue reading

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Haiti

There are many worthy organizations working to aid the people of Haiti right now, and for book lovers, here is information I just received from USBBY (The US Board on Books for Young People): This week’s earthquake in Haiti has … Continue reading

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Karlson on the Roof

I stumbled across an article in the Wall Street Journal today, “In Search of Banned Children’s Books” by Cynthia Crosson, written in response to a letter about Astrid Lindgren’s Karlson books being little known in the U.S. Indeed, the Karlson … Continue reading

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