September 15 2019:
Squirrel and John Muir
Not a strictly true story, but was meant to share the spirit of what might have happened between John Muir and Floy Hutchings when they met in Yosemite in 1868. Muir arrived in Yosemite from San Francisco almost by accident. I love everything I’ve read about John Muir and this was no exception. Thomas and Lillian loved it too!
(Throwback to 2016 when I read aloud to Thomas and Lillian every night before bed)
September 1 2019:
My Hands Sing the Blues – Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey
Bearden, of African, Cherokee, and Italian descent, was one of America’s most vibrant and innovative 20th-century artists. When he was a young child of three-years-old, his family faced discriminatory Jim Crow laws and attitudes. They participated in the Great Migration North, moving to New York City. We all enjoyed learning about Romare Bearden!
Pablo Neruda – Poet of the People
In this colorfully illustrated book we learned about Pablo Neruda, born in Parral, Chili, in 1904. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. He and his poems inspire people to love and to make their voices heard. We enjoyed learning about this wonderful Poet of the People!
Uncommon Traveler – Mary Kingsley in Africa
Incredible story of Mary Kingsley who was born in England in 1862. Although Mary remembers her childhood fondly, by most standards, her childhood was sad and bleak.
She never attended school, yet she loved books and learning so she taught herself. This book covers her two trips to West Africa in 1893 and 1894. Her travels added to the knowledge of West Africa and most people were astonished merely by her survival.
Wonderful woman and book!
August 18 2018:
Crossing Niagara – The Death-Defying Tightrope Adventures of the Great Blondin
Exciting story of Jean Francois Gravelet, the one known as the Great Blondin. Mostly about his claim to fame of crossing Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
He not only crossed on a tightrope, he crossed on a tightrope blindfolded, reading the paper, with a wheelbarrow, on stilts, with his feet and hands chained, with his feet in buckets, and with a man on his back. Great person to learn about.
April 29 2017:
Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious
Wonderfully fun book about an amazing woman I’d never heard about. Alice Waters owns Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. She also travels thousands of miles to help grow Edible Schoolyards – a concept she began in her own city.
Edible Schoolyards began in 1995 and there are gardens all over America and in twenty-nine other countries … And still growing.
Alice Waters also led the change in restaurants and how chefs operate. Instead of looking for the best recipes, they now seek the best ingredients; locally grown and flavorful.
Loved, loved, loved learning about Alice Waters and passions!