Born into a well-to-do Connecticut family, Juliette Magill wanted more from life than most girls got in the early 1800s. Young women then were expected to stay home rather than attend school, but Juliette wanted an education. Her parents agreed and sent her to the Troy Female Seminary, which was one of America’s first schools for girls.
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The aquarium withstood the winds and water of Hurricane Katrina but it was dark in there, and there was no electricity to cool things down. All the penguins complained but Patience, the oldest penguin there, kept them all “in line.” It was important to be patient, but where was Tom the Keeper?
You’ll do anything and work hardest to make sure that you’re not finishing last. It’s all or nothing for you, and in the new book “Stealing the Game” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld, it’s about more than how you play the game.
Hearing, smelling, feeling: those are three of the five senses you might use every day. And in the new book “Nadine, My Funny and Trusty Guide Dog” by Carol Chiodo Fleischman, illustrated by Stephanie Ford, one woman “sees” with the help of four furry feet.
You can be anyone, anywhere — all you have to do is think it. And in the new book “The Imaginary” by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett, even adults pretend, although that’s not always good.
Few know the truth about Josephine Baker’s life. Author Peggy Caravantes admits that she “struggled” in researching this memoir — and that admission, right from the beginning, sets the tone of “The Many Faces of Josephine Baker.”
From bird anatomy to habitat and volunteer opportunities, children will find a good overview of birds and bird watching in “Birdology” in terms that challenge them but won’t frustrate them.
When teenager Alice Mitchell met slightly younger Freda Ward at the Higbee School for Young Ladies in Memphis, nobody was surprised that they became close. In the 1890s, it was common for “proper American women” to enjoy friendships with other women that included sleepovers and deeply affectionate gestures. In Memphis, they called it “chumming,” and it was perfectly normal. But Alice and Freda took their friendship further: They fell in love.
When an animal in the wild gets hungry, there aren’t a lot of options. It’s not like they can go to the grocery store, right? No, they have to catch their supper, and while nature’s given some of them speed and claws to do that efficiently, potential meals have a few tricks on their side, too.
For any adult who’s too young to remember Loving v. Virginia (or any child who wasn’t born then), “The Case for Loving” is a very informative, eye-opening book.
Glenn Murphy doesn’t just teach in “Evolution: The Whole Life-on-Earth Story,” “Bodies: The Whole Blood-Pumping Story” and “Disgusting Science” — he entertains, too, with a back-and-forth format that seems like a conversation between author and reader.
The box hummed and a white light came from the edges of it. Ranger couldn’t look at the light but when he finally opened his eyes, he was in a dusty, loud place with big animals, funny smells — and a woman’s frantic voice. Someone was lost, and Ranger heard a familiar word: “FIND!”
Authenticity tops the list of qualities in the new book “Stella by Starlight” by Sharon M. Draper.
Beginning with his earliest memory and moving forward to young adulthood, Jason Schmidt shares a powerful, emotional coming-of-age tale of an unstable childhood, of the beginning of AIDS and of people living on the edge of society with little to nothing, all told in a voice dripping with sarcasm, irony and anger.
Rags worked hard at keeping rats and mice away from the soldiers. He acted as an early-warning system for incoming shells; when he fell “belly-to-dirt,” so did the soldiers. He sniffed out wires and carried messages across enemy lines, which was very dangerous. Soon, everyone knew about Rags. He was “a giant of a dog.”
Everybody needs a hero in their life. In the new book “Bass Reeves: Tales of the Talented Tenth” by Joel Christian Gill, your hero just might be a lawman.
Every home, it seems, contains a Gimme Monster at some point or other during the holidays. When that happens, you need “The Lollipop Monster’s Christmas.”
You’re going to love what’s beneath your tree this year … mostly. In the new book “My Puppy Gave to Me” by Cheryl Dannenbring, illustrated by Cynthia Kremsner, there are some presents you can probably live without.
It’s Christmas Eve, a quarter to ten, and Spark Elf is getting antsy. In just two hours, he and his fellow elves Bobbin and Nutshell will help Santa deliver presents. The reindeer are ready, the sleigh is full, and because he feels “so good,” Spark snaps an elfie.
In the new book “Firebird” by Misty Copeland, illustrated by Christopher Myers, a young girl learns to replace the word “can’t” with one that strengthens as she learn the story of a child who wanted to dance among the stars.
Yes, “The Great Thanksgiving Escape” is a kids’ book, but I absolutely loved the imaginations and the naughty glee that author-illustrator Mark Fearing gives his main characters.
In the new book “I Am Jazz” by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, with pictures by Shelagh McNicholas, you’ll read about a girl who’s just like other girls … only different. That’s because Jazz has “a girl brain but a boy body.”
It was 1942, and the Japanese had just bombed Pearl Harbor. America entered World War II soon after, which meant plenty of discrimination for Japanese-Americans like the Itanos. Tomi, Hiro and their older brother Roy had been born in America, but that didn’t seem to matter to many in their California town.
Don’t think that this book is only filled with gratuitous farts-are-funny pages. Yes, there’s that in here, but it also aims to inform. Kids who read this book will learn a thing or two about biology, and they’ll be delighted by the accompanying giggle-making illustrations.
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