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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 Harlem Nutcracker (Part 3)

It was pretty exciting to find a version of the Nutcracker that featured a non-white cast. But I really wasn’t at all prepared for The Harlem Nutcracker. Rather than illustrations, author Susan Kuklin uses photographs of a dance performance to … 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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Four Dolls

Long before Toy Story brought the contents of  Andy’s playroom to life, authors have been writing about our dolls and stuffed animals, investing them with feelings and personalities  and sending them on great adventures. This week I’ll continue to bring … Continue reading

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