American Library Association’s Booklist, STARRED review, Oct. 1, 2010 – “…In this thoroughly researched, humanizing biography, Wooldridge writes with lively specifics about both the author and her time…Wooldridge’s skillful integration of Wharton’s literary and personal lives includes matter-of-fact, detailed accounts of her intense relationships with numerous “bachelor friends,” pictured among the many archival photos. … [A] well-rounded, handsomely illustrated portrait, which will find an enduring place on classroom and library shelves.”
American Library Association’s Booklist, May 1, 2011 – “…shown in nicely composed, often panoramic paintings laced with dramatic and occasionally comical details. The fine, folksy tone of the narration works equally well when relating similar attitudes in the early 1800s and early2000s. Great for discussion, this well-conceived picture book illustrates an interesting point about resistance to new ideas.”
Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. Their website just posted their recommended books for summer and Just Fine The Way They Are is included. Read more about the 2011 Big Summer Read and all the great resources they offer young readers, parents, librarians and educators.
Wicked Jack Review - “In Wooldridge’s adaptation of this well-known folktale, Wicked Jack practices meanness on strangers instead of treating them right. The story offers an explanation for the mysterious light you see dancing around in the Great Dismal Swamp of Virginia and North Carolina. Hillenbrand’s pencil and oil pastel illustrations greatly heighten the humor. — The Horn Book
Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky; translated from the French by Sandra Smith. Vintage Books, 2007. 403 pages; $15.00 (paperback); reading level: adult. Némirovsky’s novel is accompanied by some fifty pages of notes. If you read only the novel itself, you will take up a panoramic, camera’s-eye view of Paris in June of 1940. You will watch, fascinated, as a host Read More>>