Wolves by Emily Gravett

Ah, the joys of stereotypes. Wolves, by Emily Gravett (2005) was a book I came to because of reading Wolf Won’t Bite, which I’ve previously reviewed on this blog. Wolves is a Boston-Globe Horn honor book, an award given for excellence in children’s and YA literature. This made me pretty excited for the book, which […]

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Ugly Fish by Kara LaReau

Ugly Fish by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Scott Magoon (2006), is probably the most horrifying book I’ve come across so far, in my quest to provide social critiques of children’s books.  I would summarize the basic plot of the book here, but I think I want you to read the plot as I provide my […]

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Wolf Won’t Bite by Emily Gravett

Confession: I read Wolf Won’t Bite by Emily Gravett (2011) about a week and a half ago, and have been itching just itching to write this review. Why? Because I found the book horrifying. But, I told myself, maybe I was over-reacting. Maybe, because I’m looking at these books with a very particular mindset, that’s all I […]

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Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to read Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff (1959) to an elementary school student. You may remember this book from your own childhood (I remember it from mine) — or perhaps you’ve already read it to your children. The basic premise is that Sammy the Seal suffers depression because he […]

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Are Organics Better? – The Stanford Study, and a Softer Focus View of the Debate

In the past few days, there has been a lot of talk about the Stanford study on organics, and specifically the nutritional content of organic foods. In fact, if you just Google, “Stanford Study Organics” you can read articles from a variety of sources that claim mainstream media has been duped by the study because […]

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