Category Archives: tale

Book Preview: The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly (2013), written by Sun-mi Hwang, translated by Kim Chi-Young, and illustrated by Nomoco, is a bestselling Korean fable now published in the US. The main character is a hen who calls herself Sprout. … Continue reading

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Book Preview: While Beauty Slept

The debut novel While Beauty Slept (2014) by Elizabeth Blackwell is a Gothic re-imagining of the classic tale about a young woman whose fate is a near-death slumber with an uncertain end. Told as the remembrance of grandmother Elise to her … Continue reading

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Book Preview: Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found

Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found (2011), by Sophie Blackall, is the author’s first book for adults. In it the author/illustrator of children’s books shares classified ads based on ships that pass in the night. Three of them are stories … Continue reading

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Book Review: When You Reach Me

Last night I finished reading When You Reach Me (2009), by Rebecca Stead. This is the second young adult novel that I have read by Ms. Stead, who lives in New York City, where her stories take place. I have … Continue reading

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Book Preview: The Twistrose Key

The Twistrose Key (2013) is a debut fantasy novel for children  in the middle grades by the Norwegian author Tone Almhjell, and is illustrated by Ian Schoenherr. It has been compared to The Chronicles of Narnia and The Golden Compass, but this … Continue reading

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Book Preview: Journey

This is my first preview of children’s fiction. I believe there is something extra-special about stories for children. No matter what your age, experiencing a book for kids (and their adults) takes you on a magical adventure in time back … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dear Life: Stories

Dear Life: Stories (2012), by the Canadian author Alice Munro, is a collection of tales that describe real life and real people living in the area that the author knows intimately, around Lake Huron. Ms. Munro’s characters are each caught … Continue reading

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