Tag Archives: Biography

Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy (1955)

        Profiles in Courages tells the stories of eight United States senators who stood by their principles —  against popular opinion and their own political parties.  For each, their lives as well as their careers were put … Continue reading

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Three Great Books about Jackie Robinson!

Stealing Home: The Story of Jackie Robinson by Barry Denenberg.   In 1919,  Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born on a small sharecroppers farm in Georgia.  When he was just six months old, his father ran off leaving Jackie’s mother to raise and … Continue reading

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Marva Collins’ Way by Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin (1982)

What I once assumed to be inferior education for the poor and underprivileged has become a nationwide malady that afflicts the middle and upper classes as well. . . our children are not the culprits, they are the victims.  My twenty … Continue reading

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2 Great Picture Books and 1 Biography of Jacque Cousteau.

I grew up watching the TV series The Undersea World of Jacque Cousteau with my family in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  For a little girl living in Boise, Idaho, his beautiful footage of exotic fish, strange underwater plants … Continue reading

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The Brilliant Books of James Herriot! (1972 – 1992)

Do I like animals?  Yes.  Do I LOVE animals?  Not particularly.   Despite my ambivalent feelings about the animal kingdom, I am a HUGE fan of the James Herriot books!  If you’ve not yet met Dr. Herriot (a talented, self-deprecating country … Continue reading

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Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1933)

  If you’ve ever wanted to live on acres of land where you had a lovely house and grew most of your own food, this book is for you!  Although Farmer Boy is usually listed as part of the Little … Continue reading

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Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille by Russell Freedman (1997)

Can I just say, bless those authors who write excellent biographies for children! Louis Braille was born in 1809 in a small town outside of Paris, France.  Through a terrible accident involving his father’s leather working tools, Louis was blinded … Continue reading

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