Etiquette & Espionage

The year is 1851 and women are expected to be perfect hostesses, focus on fashion, complete with full petticoats, and always behave as a proper lady. Fourteen year old Sophronia is much more interested in climbing trees and figuring out how machines work than behaving as she is supposed to. It has gotten to the … Continue reading Etiquette & Espionage

Folktales with Lessons for Life

Folktales are such a wonderful part of children's literature. There are so many tales that have been passed down through the generations and we have learned so many valuable lessons from them. One of the things that I find especially fascinating is reading folktales from a wide variety of cultures to see how similar situations … Continue reading Folktales with Lessons for Life

Dear Dragon

We have recently started encouraging our daughters to get into the "old fashioned" concept of writing letters to pen-pals. J has started writing to a cousin and some of E's closest friends will be moving away this summer. With that in mind, finding Josh Funk's new book, dear Dragon, has been an absolute delight. The … Continue reading Dear Dragon

The Power of The Storyteller

"There is a unique kind of magic that comes from hearing a story told. With only the power of a voice, an entire world can be created. Suddenly, the audience becomes the hero, the villain, or the magic djinn commanding the desert sand storm." So says Evan Turk in the author's note to his book … Continue reading The Power of The Storyteller

Traveling the World through Fables

"Long ago, everything from the changing of the seasons to the passage of the Sun through the sky was an unsolved mystery. So people came up with stories to explain how things came to be. These stories - known as myths or fables - varied from place to place, but all had a shared thread … Continue reading Traveling the World through Fables

Princesses who defy the rules

We are a household with a deep love for princesses. My younger daughter loves all things princessy and frilly, although her favorite Disney princesses are Tianna and Mulan. I love those choices since they are two "princesses" who are incredibly strong and independent. They don't need a handsome prince to come and rescue them. They also … Continue reading Princesses who defy the rules

how far can a little girl dream?

I know that I've written about these books before (here and here), but my three year old has decided that she simply loves Isabella. That being the case, I couldn't help but get my hands on the one book in the series that we hadn't yet read. Now that we've read them all, I thought … Continue reading how far can a little girl dream?