Encrypted Freedom: Follow the Drinking Gourd

Friday, May 4, 2007.

Follow the Drinking GourdAuthor: Jeanette Winter (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jeanette Winter
Published: 1992 Dragonfly Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0679819975

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Saturated with colour and emotion, this beautifully illustrated book — like the song that inspired it — opens young eyes to the value of freedom and the price some pay to achieve it. Fact or fiction, it’s an inspiring read.

Follow the Drinking Gourd” performed by The Brookfield High School World Voices Choir and Maria Hawkins used with permission of Jeannie Hunter. Learn more about The Brookfield Highschool World Voices Choir on this episode of The Electric Sky Podcast.

Soul Force and Spice Cake: The Call to Shakabaz

Wednesday, April 11, 2007.

The Call To ShakabazAuthor: Amy Wachspress
Published: 2007 Woza Books
ISBN: 0978835026


Colour, music, scents and sentiment spill out of this pictureless fantasy novel and sweep us into a story of suspense, self-discovery and nonviolent resistance. Our girls laughed, swooned, quaked and cheered — then happily chirped “Satyagraha!”.

Other books mentioned: The Meanest Doll in the World

Check out our interview with author Amy Wachspress here.

Sticks and Stones: The Killick

Friday, March 16, 2007.

The Killick: A Newfoundland StoryAuthor: Geoff Butler
Illustrator: Geoff Butler
Published: 1998 Tundra Books
ISBN: 0613094581

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Hauntingly rich oil paintings and candid, thought provoking narrative tell a heartbreaking and historically significant tale that provides a glimpse of the tragedies that have shaped the Newfoundland character.

Other books mentioned: Grayboy

Interview with Amy Wachspress: The Call To Shakabaz

Saturday, January 13, 2007.

The Call to ShakabzIn honour of Martin Luther King Day on Monday January 15, 2007, Amy Wachspress will be launching The Call to Shakabaz, an innovative, non-violent fantasy which is set in an African American cultural context.

Mark speaks with author and activist Amy Wachspress about this ambitious book, the importance of exercising our creativity and her seven daily practices that can change the world.

Participate in the conversation by leaving a comment on this interview, or send an email to justonemorebook@gmail.com.

Delicate Defiance: The Red Wolf

Tuesday, November 28, 2006.

The Red WolfAuthor: Margaret Shannon
Illustrator: Margaret Shannon
Published: 2006 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618737448

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Brimming with mystique and echoes of Sendak, this fresh fairy tale subtly, yet powerfully, casts light on the costs of safety and the value of freedom. Our whole family is entranced by this fabulous book.

Rivetting Respect: A Poppy is To Remember

Friday, November 10, 2006.

A Poppy Is To RememberAuthor: Heather Patterson
Illustrator: Ron Lightburn
Published: 2004 North Winds Press
ISBN: 0439967864

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Softly spellbinding words and illustrations relay the story behind the poem “In Flanders Fields” and the commemorative wearing of poppies. Our girls are mesmerized by this book.

PS. I found this in this Monday’s Star: Wearing Poppies Brings Questions.

Choose Peace: And To Think That We Thought That We’d Never Be Friends

Wednesday, November 8, 2006.

And to Think That We Thought That We'd Never Be FriendsAuthor: Mary Ann Hoberman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Kevin Hawkes (on JOMB)
Published: 2003 Dragonfly Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0440417767

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Zesty, Seussian rhyme and illustrations hurl us to a crescendo of hardcore harmony. This book’s message is simple: Peace is a choice.

This episode is dedicated to Paul, his stepbrother Dan Johnson (Journey Inside My Mind Podcast), and their families in celebration of Paul returning home from the Navy. Coincidentally, Dan sent an audio comment about Ben’s Trumpet for this show as well.

For a great list of Peace promoting childrens books click here.

Raw Resilience: Gleam and Glow

Monday, November 6, 2006.

Gleam and GlowAuthor: Eve Bunting
Illustrator: Peter Sylvada
Published: 2001 Harcourt Children’s Books
ISBN: 0152053808

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Gorgeous illustrations and beautifully crafted text relay a story of heartbreak and hope so poignant that even chatting about it was difficult, but we did our best.

This show opens with our first MyChingo audio comment, which we received from author Paul Levinson of the Light On Light Through Podcast, just in time for this – our fiftieth – episode! Thanks, Paul.

Of Foibles and Fortitude: The Cello of Mr. O

Friday, November 3, 2006.

The Cello of Mr. OAuthor: Jane Cutler
Illustrator: Greg Couch
Published: 2004 Penguin USA
ISBN: 0142401749

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This straightforward story of hardship and hope reminds us that war may not deter human weakness but neither can it deter human strength.

Lest We Forget: What We Remember

Wednesday, November 1, 2006.

What We RememberAuthor: Lesley Anne Airth
Illustrator: Mervyn Finch
Published: 2005 General Store Publishing House
ISBN: 1897113218


Six simple, stirring stories help us slip into the shoes of real children as they deal with the impacts of war.

Listen to Electric Sky’s 2005 Remembrance Day Tribute.

Sweet Sanity: The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

Wednesday, September 27, 2006.

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad PigAuthor: Eugene Trivizas
Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
Published: 2003 Egmont Books
ISBN: 1405209453

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Every aspect of the traditional tale is reversed to its ridiculous extreme in this perfectly worded and illustrated retelling of “The Three Little Pigs”. I guess it could be seen as light and corny — and maybe this makes me light and corny — but I find this story to be meaningful, relevant and full of hope. After all, wasn’t Einstein’s definition of insanity repeating an action and expecting a different result?

A play based on this book is available for download on the Egmont website


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