This 2016 Kansas Notable Book had been on my radar for a while. So before the Artic weather came in, I went ahead and picked up a copy of To Leave a Shadow by Michael D. Graves!
"Pete Stone hadn’t always been a private eye. He’d lost his dairy business at the toss of a coin when the depression hit. His children grew up, as children do, and his wife left him for a chinchilla farmer. He had learned to like his solitude. When Mrs. Lucille Hamilton walked through his door searching for her missing husband, Pete was the only one who believed her husband’s death hadn’t been a suicide."
Originally published in 1945, I can easily see how Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking became an immediate hit among children in Sweden.
A kind and rambunctious young girl who lives by herself, owns two odd pets, goes on adventures, and makes adults look silly. And of course, all the cookies a little girl could possibly eat.
Considering that Pippi Longstocking was published in 1945, there are many things that make her unique as a young female character. Her non-conformist attire (she designed it herself!), her strength, independence, her kindness toward those in society that are often not shown kindness, and her willingness to step in to help others even if she might get hurt.
A short and poetic story about a workaholic couple in 1980s Tokyo who bond with a local neighborhood cat.
Chibi, the neighborhood cat, enters the lives of the young couple during a period filled with constant change. The illness of a friend, having to move to a new home, job changes, and all the warning signs of an impeding economic recession (Japan's Lost Decade).
Auribus teneo lupum (I hold a wolf by the ears): When one is in a situation where there is no way out without getting hurt.
I Hold a Wolf by the Ears is a collection of 11 dark short stories by Laura van den Berg. Each story centers on a woman going through turmoil or reflecting on past pain. In these short stories you'll meet various types of women.
One who impersonates the dead wives of widowers. Another woman who spent her youth in a treatment facility. A woman who doesn't realize she's being drugged by her husband. Another who is impersonating her missing sister. And a divorcee who refuses to believe that her brother abused his ex-wife.
"Theo had always heard stories about a princess kissing a frog and turning it into a prince. He wished that one day a cute princess would turn him into a prince too. Would Theo succeed in finding his princess?"
This picture book by Ellen DeLange is a cute story about a young frog who desperately wishes he was a prince. He searches high and low. Looking and looking for a princess that will give him a kiss and turn him into a prince.
This is a collection of beautiful uplifting poems about life, love, loss, and self-reflection. I was so captivated by Thomas' writing that I finished the book in one sitting.
With his poems, Thomas was able to create a gentle calming mood for the reader. The poems were never hateful or criticizing. Thomas acknowledged and validated the turmoil of emotions that consume after a painful experience.
For the Back to the Classics' prompt "a classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title" I decided to read something completely different from my usual reads and decided on Call of the Wild. A book that many in my community absolutely adore, but one I delayed reading for several years.
I selected the audiobook version of Call of the Wild and what I thought would be a boring chore to complete, turned out to be a really fun "read".
This heartwarming picture book about the friendship between famous singer Marian Anderson and Albert Einstein is an absolute must for elementary school classrooms and for the parents of young children.
The Singer and the Scientist is a story about the importance of compassion and standing up for others even when it means going against the status quo.