Modern Day Inklings

A few years ago, I had never heard of Jonathan Rogers, S. D. Smith, N. D. Wilson, Jennifer Trafton, Doug McKelvey, Andrew Peterson, or A. S. (Pete) Peterson. Anyone who reads enough of my reviews or who follows the threads I comment on in our Facebook book club, will notice that I have a strong…

Cobble Street Cousins

In this review I lamented that it was a shame that Cynthia Rylant did not restrict her Mr. Putter and Tabby book series to three or six well-crafted stories.  I am so glad to be able to tell you that that is exactly what she did with this series. Perhaps because of her restraint, this…

Grandma’s Attic Series

Several years ago this book started popping up in my Amazon recommendations because I was buying Caddie Woodlawn, Understood Betsy, What Katy Did, and Betsy-Tacy for my little girl. The cover art, however, was so off-putting to me that I resisted any inclination to even consider the book. I thought, for sure, that this book was…

Prayers for N. D. Wilson

Rabbit Room email list subscribers discovered a sad letter from N.D. Wilson in their inboxes on Monday morning. Many of us were shocked to learn that a favorite living author is preparing to undergo extensive brain surgery to remove a “farm egg” sized tumor near his brain stem. While prayer is truly the very best…

Easy to Read Wonder Tales

Easy to Read Wonder Tales, and Easy to Read Spooky Tales Veronika Martenova Charles’ “About the Author” page says that she, “creates stories for children that are inspired by her own travels around the world as well as her fascination with the stories and folklore of many lands.”  She has published ten “Easy to Read…

Mr. Putter and Tabby

With 25 books in the series, Cynthia Rylant’s “Mr. Putter and Tabby” books range from sweet and endearing to naughty and questionable. I think that the series can best be understood by reading a sample of just two or three particular examples.  The inaugural book, Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea, is one of…

Shiloh

I am not a fan of surprises. I especially don’t care for surprises in my children’s reading. I take the sacred vocation of being my child’s first and foremost teacher very seriously and I am extremely careful about what kind of  intellectual and emotional foods I am giving them to eat. As a lover of…

Betsy-Tacy Books

I am a Wisconsin girl. Even though most Wisconsin children grew up reading Wisconsin based Caddie Woodlawn, I grew up reading the Betsy Tacy books because my mom was raised on the Western side of the state which borders Minnesota. Maud Hart Lovelace is one of the great authors to come out of Minnesota in…

The Mad Scientists’ Club

Bertrand R. Brinley lived a fascinating life. I suggest that readers read this article (written by his son) before proceeding. I think that it will help give some insight into the things that I must say. In short, Brinley’s early life was not dissimilar to that of Louisa May Alcott’s. After a peripatetic childhood (I…

Five For Victory

Drawn from real life World War II experiences, Hilda van Stockum created an endearing story about children and family life during the second world war in Five For Victory. Miss van Stockum was born in Holland to Dutch-Irish parents where she was homeschooled through the age of eight. As a teen, she moved to Ireland…