Tag Archives: Non-fiction

The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be by Farley Mowat (1957)

Have you ever known a pet that seemed almost human? Mutt is that kind of dog.  Farley’s mother buys a tiny pup for four cents from a little boy who shows up on her doorstep one afternoon.  Little does she … Continue reading

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The Smartest Kids in the World: and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley (2013)

I found this book a couple of years ago in an airport bookstore — those small bookstores often have the BEST titles!  I enjoyed it so much, I chose it as my book club choice that year so all my … 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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James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot (1992)

Yes, here I am again recommending ANOTHER book by James Herriot! If your children are too young for the All Creatures Great and Small etc. books, James Herriot’s Treasury for Children is a darling collection of short stories with gorgeous … 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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