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Martha Dodge
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Picture books for everyone
A Place for Pluto by Stef Wade Pluto is Peeved by Jacqueline Jules Picture books can be a great way to introduce social and scientific concepts to young readers. They allow kids to engage with the text and concepts at their own level. These two picture book...
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Books on Screen
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson I wasn't sure at first that this book would work as a movie, for a couple of reasons. 1) The book is largely focused on Jess's internal journey. It's a story of recognizing possibility, of embracing your creativity...
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Non fiction book review - Grandad Mandela
Grandad Mandela by Zazi, Ziwelene, and Zindzi Mandela Nelson Mandela is one of those figures I grew up hearing about but I never really knew much about him, just that he was imprisoned for protesting apartheid. So I learned a lot from this book about his ca...
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Heads Up
I've signed up for a craft fair this coming weekend. As it's sort of last minute, I won't be posting this week. Expect to see me back on my normal posting schedule the first full week of June. See you soon, friends  
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Ira the pikalope
I sat down to add wings to a plastic animal last week. That was the plan. The problem was, the wings didn't look quite right with any of my animals. What I found instead was the body of a plastic horse and a plastic cowboy, so I figured I'd make a centaur. ...
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Book 12 complete - The Black Island
The Black Island by Herge Tintin books are a great source of simple criminal machinations and adventure. This particular book adds a fair amount of slapstick comedy to the mix (including a two page spread involving the fire brigade and a missing key). While...
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Book 11 complete - A Brief History of Time
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking Full disclosure: I understood very little of this book, but then I didn't really expect to understand it. Had I planned my readathon list in advance, this would not have been the audio book I'd have selected. I sol...
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Book 10 complete - The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Pirate
The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Pirate by Tim Collins Given the title and the cover art, I was expecting a more humorous story. While I can appreciate using a story to teach, I didn't find the plot particularly enjoyable or believable.
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Book 9 complete - Chasing Augustus
Chasing Augustus by Kimberly Newton Fusco Just a few pages of this book and I realized the inherent risk of reading it at this point in a readathon. When is a dog book not an emotional read? I wasn't sure I would be emotionally stable enough to read a dog b...
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Book 8 complete - Trolled
Trolled by Bruce Coville My capacity for reading heavy, contemplative fiction is definitely waning, so this book came up in my list at the perfect time. It's light-hearted, easily followed, and quick paced. That last element is largely due to the mixed form...
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