Legend of the Colombian Mermaid: A Revew

Legend of the Colombian Mermaid: A Revew

Janet Balleta’s charming story, The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid, is based on a Colombian folk tale that Balleta learned from her mother when she was a young child. In the story, Judith and her little brother, Tomas, spend all day on Maundy Thursday with their...
Religious Books in School Libraries

Religious Books in School Libraries

School librarians want to make sure that their libraries have the books that children need to understand the diverse world they live in. And that diversity includes not only cities and farms, deserts and rain forests, whales and sharks and grizzly bears, it also...
Piccolina and the Easter Bells: A Review

Piccolina and the Easter Bells: A Review

When I’m reviewing a picture book, I usually start with the story. But for Piccolina and the Easter Bells, I want to start with the art. Piccolina and the Easter Bells is an old book, almost as old as I am. When it was first published, color printing was far more...
The Magic Babushka: A Review

The Magic Babushka: A Review

Phyllis Limbacha Tildes, author and illustrator of The Magic Babushka, knew something about butterflies that I didn’t know. She knew that, in Slavic culture, butterflies were once associated with witches. Perhaps it’s because of the way caterpillars change into...
Emma’s Easter: A Review

Emma’s Easter: A Review

When I wrote Catherine’s Pascha, I had not heard of Tekla’s Easter, which is long out of print. And of course, when I wrote Catherine’s Pascha, it would be many years before Lisa Bullard would write Emma’s Easter. (Although I wrote my story first, she published first....

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