Monday, September 29, 2008
Madeline and the Cats of Rome is excellent! Just like the older Madeline's - she is off an an adventure, complete with rhymes and her new found set of orphans - cats!! I loved this and I am glad that Marciano is taking over!!Madeline's Back!!! What a wonderful treat - after the stories began in 1939, this is the newest installment in the series written by Bemelmans' grandson, John Marciano.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
When the publisher asked me to read The Forbidden Daughter by Shobhan Bantwal, I thought - why not - I love something new!?!? But I didn't realize what a wonderful "treat" I was in for. Bantwal is SUPERB - the book kept me riveted from page one! I loved the story, I loved the premise - what more can I say!?!? It is a topic that is near and dear to my heart - having my own daughter from China - and China having much the same practices on this topic as India. It was a refreshing novel, and I always enjoy a novel set in another country. I really can not say enough good about this wonderful, new novel. Here is what the publisher said:
"When a young widow refuses to comply with her in-laws' dictate to abort her unborn child, will her rebellion turn out to be the greatest mistake of her life, or a blessing in disguise? This is the story of one mother’s valiant fight to protect her daughters in a society that often frowns on female children, and the only man who will help her in her battle when the stakes become impossibly high.THE FORBIDDEN DAUGHTER is woven around the hot-button social issue of vanishing girl children in contemporary India, where gender-based abortions and female infanticide continue to be practiced in some areas despite laws to ban the practices."
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Toon Books, at PLA - in fact, we even got to hear the mastermind behind the series, Francoise Mouly, speak. I have been "hooked" ever since. I just got a box of them to look over and review and they are WONDERFUL! What a great idea - beginning reading in comic book format - I LOVE IT!! Why in the world has this not been done before!?!? They are wonderful - the illustrations are fun and the stories are not lame (as beginning readers often are!!). My favorite? Jack and the Box - but hey, I'm always a sucker for a good "box" book!!I first saw this new series,
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Kay Bratt's Silent Tears is a book I had read about all over adoption web rings - so I thought I had better read it - now, I have finished and all I want to do is start over and begin again. It is the story of Kay's time spent in China because her husband is transferred there for his job. While in China, Kay is allowed to help in a local orphanage. What she sees there is absolutely eye-opening - it confirmed many thoughts I had had as an adoptive mom. And it also answered some questions I had. We see things STILL in Chloe that we wonder how far back they go - after I read this - I can see why she does some of the things she does. The book is powerful - I am going to recommend it to our adoption agency as required reading for adoptive China families. I know you can not take one orphanage and say all are like that, but I do think that many of the things do not change. This is a book that I will keep on my shelf and refer to for years to come. Thank you, Kay, for a powerful, and honest, look at life in an orphanage.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Ok - so I'm signed up but I'm still building my reading list!!!
- Life as We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer
- Lost on Planet China - J. Maarten Troost
- Misreading Masculinity: Boys, Literacy, and Popular Culture - Thomas Newkirk
- Impossible - Nancy Werlin
- A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini