BOOKSHELF

WHAT I’ve been reading lately–

MESMERIZED: HOW BEN FRANKLIN SOLVED A MYSTERY THAT BAFFLED ALL OF FRANCE (Rockliff/Bruno)–I was mesmerized by it.

COWBOY UP! RIDE THE NAVAJO RODEO (Flood/Sonnenmair)–Loved the mixed format of verse and prose.

FUNNY BONES: POSADA AND HIS DAY OF THE DEAD CALAVERAS (Tonatiuh)–I learned something new about one of my favorite holidays. The descriptions of various art techniques was also quite informative.

SEPARATE IS NEVER EQUAL: SYLVIA MENDEZ & HER FAMILY’S FIGHT FOR DESEGREGATION (Tonatiuh)–I had thought about writing on this topic myself a couple of years ago because it deals with social justice and discrimination. Most excellent (and Tonatiuh is fast becoming one of my favorite illustrators).

HI, KOO!: A YEAR OF SEASONS (Muth)–Non-traditional haiku (as explained in the Author’s Note). Also from the Author’s Note: “[H]aiku is like an instant captured in words.” Much fun following a young panda through the seasons.

RHYTHM RIDE: A ROAD TRIP THROUGH THE MOTOWN SOUND (Pinkney)–Less a biography of Berry Gordy, Jr., than a history of how and upon whose talent Gordy built his record label. Loved reading about the musical acts I grew up on, especially Gladys Knight and Marvin Gaye (both of whom still reign supreme at my house).

NOW…it is back to my own research, to include a bit of football, a touch of Tinsel Town, and a pinch of art.

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