Showing posts from March, 2017

Poetry Sunday (3/26/2017): "A Prayer For Old Age" by William Butler Yeats

For Poetry Sunday, I am recommending "A Prayer For Old Age" by William Butler Yeats. I hope you enjoy it!

MMGM (3/27/2017): The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli

For MMGM, I am recommending The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli. Here's the publisher's description (copied from the back of the book): Robin has grown up the son of a nobleman. He knows he must serve the king by becoming a knight. But Robin's destiny is changed suddenly when he falls ill and loses the use of his legs.      A monk named Brother Luke rescues Robin and takes him to the hospice of St. Mark's. There Robin learns woodcarving and—much harder—strength and patience. When danger threatens the great castle of Lindsay, Robin discovers there are more ways to serve a king than riding into battle. As Brother Luke says, "Thou hast only to follow the wall long enough and there will be a door in it." Originally published in 1949, this book is set even earlier (the 1300s). Unlike some historical fiction, however, this book is short (about 120 pages) and to the point. The majority of the book revolves around Robin as he tries to re

Poetry Sunday (3/19/2017): "The World Is Too Much With Us" by William Wordsworth

For Poetry Sunday, I am recommending "The World Is Too Much With Us" by William Wordsworth. I hope you enjoy it!

MMGM (3/20/2017): Rules by Cynthia Lord

Update (June 26, 2021): In the time since publishing this post, I have learned about some ableist elements of Rules  that I did not know about when posting this review. I recommend taking the time to learn about these issues from this article at Disability in Kidlit . I apologize for my ignorance regarding these issues. Thank you for understanding. For MMGM, I am recommending Rules by Cynthia Lord. The main character of Rules  (a Newbery Honor book) is Catherine, a 12-year-old girl whose younger brother, David, has autism. Catherine is often conflicted between trying to help her brother in the world and wishing that he could behave around others. In the story, set in summer, Catherine makes two friends, a girl named Kristi who moves in next door, and a wheelchair-ridden boy named Jason who cannot speak and must use cards with words written on them. All of these events culminate in Catherine's struggle between embarrassment and protectiveness, or between he

MMGM (3/13/2017): The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

For MMGM, I am recommending  The War that Saved My Life  by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. One of the most tragic yet overlooked problems in our world is child abuse, and, although The War that Saved My Life is set during World War II, this is simply the front for a saddening yet ultimately hopeful (and amazing) story. The main character, Ada, was born with a clubfoot (which is basically a disfigured foot). However, her mother never had the foot fixed, and she instead treated Ada as disabled, never letting her out of their apartment and often beating her or locking her in the "cabinet." Ada and her little brother, Jamie, end up leaving when their home of London is deemed unsafe and likely to be bombed, and they are given to a woman named Susan Smith, sharing the children's last name. This seems symbolic of the bond that soon forms, as Susan, although never having children or wanting to, grows to love the children, just as they begin to love her. Ada soon discovers what

Poetry Sunday (3/5/2017): "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop

For Poetry Sunday, I am recommending "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop. I hope you enjoy it!

MMGM (3/6/2017): Where I Live by Eileen Spinelli

For MMGM, I am recommending Where I Live by Eileen Spinelli, with illustrations by Matt Phelan. Here's the publisher's description: Diana loves where she lives. She loves the astronomy charts on her walls and the fact that she can wave to her best friend, Rose, from her very own window. And best of all, a wren has recently made its home right by her front door! When her family is forced to move, Diana wonders if she'll ever find that same grounded and happy feeling again. This gentle and ultimately redeeming story in poems is about those secure and fulfilling friendships that happen naturally and easily when you live right next door, and the struggles of losing the comfort of a familiar place. Matt Phelan’s warm and expressive illustrations perfectly complement Eileen Spinelli’s tenderhearted and unique tale that reminds us that sometimes a little uprooting and change is necessary for growth. This book is aimed towards the younger end of middle grade, but