Tag Archives: Non-fiction

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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All-of-a-Kind Family series by Sydney Taylor (1951 – 1978)

There’s something to be said for a book that makes you wish you’d been part of a poor immigrant family living in New York’s upper east side on the eve of World War I.  Sydney Taylor’s time-honored classic does just … 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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The Great Race: The Amazing Round-the-World Auto Race of 1908 by Gary Blackwood (2008)

In 1908 only the ultra-rich owned cars (mostly for racing around circular tracks) and therefore there were few roads to drive them on.  The automobile industry was in its infancy and desperate to find a place for cars in the … Continue reading

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