Category Archives: Primary Grades

To Buy: For the Dinosaur Lover

Do you have a dinosaur lover to shop for? Whether you’re just training a toddler in the ways of the prehistoric beasts or have an elementary school child ready to read about dinosaurs all on their own, BetweenThesePages has a … Continue reading

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The Nutcracker (Part 4)

I’ve loved Susan Jeffers’s work as an illustrator ever since I got my hands on her beautiful rendition of Robert Frost’s poem Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening. Her period pictures in this version of The Nutcracker are bound … Continue reading

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The Nutcracker / The Nutcracker Ballet (Part 2)

The Nutcracker grand tour continues.  Today’s versions follow the ballet fairly closely for children who want their storybook to match their viewing experience. First up is the version by Geraldine McCaughrean and illustrated by Nicki Palin.  The lead is called … Continue reading

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The Nutcracker (Part 1)

As a little girl, one of my favorite holiday treats was getting all dressed up and taken to The Nutcracker.  It did a marvelous job of combining my somewhat cliched little girl favorites – a desire to be a ballerina … Continue reading

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Open Before Christmas – A Holiday (Picture Book) Giveaway

When I was a little girl, Christmas was a time of glorious anticipation:.  I counted down the days; I loved opening the tiny doors of my advent calendar; I baked cookies with my mother; and when it got really close … Continue reading

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Quick Pick Picture Book – Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

When Hershel arrives in a village he learns that they are unable to celebrate Hanukkah because of some antisemitic goblins.  To rid the town of this scourge, Hershel will need to light the candles each night and on the eighth … Continue reading

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Quick Pick Picture Book – The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes

After two reviews of books that had the potential to offend, here’s a completely user-friendly Hanukkah story.  The only shortcoming is that it errs on the side of too bland.  The kindness/neighborly love theme could have been set at any … Continue reading

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Candelight for Rebecca

Well, they can’t all be winners.  It would have been nice if this were a good book, because anything American Girl is wildly popular, but I’d have to say Candelight for Rebecca was marginal at best.  There are conflicting messages … Continue reading

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Quick Pick Picture Book – The Trees of the Dancing Goats

This is a fabulous story for the winter holidays. Patricia Polacco has written The Trees of the Dancing Goats about her own experiences growing up on her grandparent’s farm.  One winter, while her family is making their preparations for Chanukkah, … Continue reading

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Quick Pick Picture Book – The Chanukkah Guest

Eric Kimmel’s The Chanukkah Guest is one of my favorite Chanukkah stories.  97 year old Bubba Brayna has been cooking her famous latkes.  The smell is so tantalizing that it wakes a hibernating bear.  The old woman has become a … Continue reading

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