Poetry of Motion: Silent Music (A Story of Baghdad)

Saturday, November 29, 2008.

 Silent Music (A Story of Baghdad)Author: James Rumford
Illustrator: James Rumford
Published: 2008 Roaring Book Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1596432764

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Loops, dots, masts and curves glide gracefully across exotically patterned images of football, friends and family as a young Iraqi contemplates practice, peace and beauty.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Musician and father Curtis Harnanan shares his love for An Island Christmas (by Lynn Joseph and Catherine Stock)

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Mettle, Mitvah & Remembrance: The Diary of Laura’s Twin

Saturday, November 1, 2008.

The Diary of Laura's Twin (A Holocaust Remembrance Book for Young Readers)Author: Kathy Kacer (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Second Story Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1897187394

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Musings and melodrama of a modern twelve year old, careful chronicling of a young prisoner of the Warsaw Ghetto and dozens of potent photographs stitch together the present and the past in this engaging and educational look at bullying, bigotry and backbone.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Thank you to a former education instructor at University of Victoria for sharing her high opinion of Shimmerdogs (by Dianne Linden).

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November 2-9th, 2008 is the 28th Annual Holocaust Education Week. Coordinated by the Holocaust Centre of Toronto, UJA Federation, the event will offer more than 100 timely and thought-provoking educational and cultural programs, including a series of compelling, first-hand testimonies from survivors. For more information, click here.



Soundalike Silliness: Dear Deer

Wednesday, October 15, 2008.

 Dear Deer: A Book of HomophonesAuthor: Gene Barretta (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Gene Barretta
Published: 2007 Henry Holt and Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0805081046

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Fabulously friendly, humorous illustrations and silly tongue twisting text aside, who would have guessed that a book highlighting use, meanings and spellings of identically sounding words could be so fascinating to a seven year old reader? We didn’t, but it is.

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HOTLINE VOICES: PJ Rooks tells us about The Day they Parachuted Cats Into Borneo: A Drama of Ecology (play by Charlotte Pomerantz scenery by Jose Aruego) which is, sadly, out of print.

A Captivating Chronicle: If I Die Before I Wake (The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor)

Friday, October 10, 2008.

If I Die Before I Wake (The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor, 1918)Author: Jean Little
Published: 2007 Scholastic (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0439988373

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Beautifully bound in a soft unevenly edged journal and told with humour, innocence, intimacy and affection, the daily entries of a fictional twelve year old disclose the spellbinding details of life during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918-19.

Our daughter Lucy (9) also contributes to the discussion of the book, which she tells us is part of her current favourite series.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Author Michelle Mulder from Victoria, British Columbia shares her thoughts on The Composition (by Antonio Skarmeta and Alfonso Ruano). Thanks, Michelle!

Sizzling Rhythm: Dirty Dog Boogie

Friday, August 15, 2008.

Dirty Dog BoogieAuthor: Loris Lesynski (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Loris Lesynski
Published: 1999 Annick (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1550375725

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If these thirty-two pages of flipping, flopping, bouncing, buzzing, twitching, itching, hissing, humming, fizzing, popping, whizzing, waltzing, shaking, leaping, rug-cutting rhyme don’t get your toes tapping, we’d like to hear about it.

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Listen to Mark’s interview with Loris.

Pop over to Big A, Little A for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

Creative Vision: My Travelin’ Eye

Wednesday, August 6, 2008.

My Travelin' EyeAuthor: Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Published: 2008 Henry Holt (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0805081690

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Funky paint and collage artwork and breezy first person narrative provide an eye-opening peek at a young girl’s experience with amblyopia and strabismus in this upbeat tale of personality, patches, perspective and pride.

You can read more about eye patching treatments here and here.

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Structure, Strengths, Strategies and Stretching: Clementine’s Letter

Friday, July 18, 2008.

Clementine's LetterAuthor: Sara Pennypacker
Illustrator: Marla Frazee (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Hyperion (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0786838841

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In the voice of a creative and easily distracted third grader and brimming with insight and humour, this clever and thoroughly entertaining novel is as touching as it is funny as it is educational.

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If you have an interest in ADD, ADHD, dyslexia and other learning differences — or in the fascinating field of learning — check out Whitney Hoffman’s LD Podcast.

Flipped Fundamentals: A isn’t for Fox (An Isn’t Alphabet)

Friday, July 4, 2008.

A isn't for Fox (An Isn't Alphabet)Author: Wendy Ulmer (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Laura Knorr (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Sleeping Bear Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1585363197

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Smiling eyes, tumbling rhyme and richly illustrated mischief take centre stage in this roundabout romp through the alphabet.

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Be sure to pop over to In Search of Giants for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

Truth, Tyranny and Teamwork: The Mysterious Benedict Society

Wednesday, June 11, 2008.

The Mysterious Benedict SocietyAuthor: Trenton Lee Stewart
Illustrator: Carson Ellis
Published: 2006 Little, Brown and Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0316003956

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Creativity, dexterity, integrity and retentivity are raised to the rank of super-power as four stray eleven year olds battle mind-numbing media, personal misgivings and the elaborate scheming of a mind-sweeping megalomaniac in this puzzle-filled, cleverly hilarious page-turner.

You can watch a great little documentary about Carson Ellis’s album art fame here.

Scribes, Shadows and Freedom of Speech: The Story of the Search for the Story

Wednesday, June 4, 2008.

The Story of the Search for the StoryAuthor: Bjorn Sortland
Illustrator: Lars Elling
Published: 1995 CarolRhoda (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1575053756

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A swirling stew of settings, characters and literary greats drift between puzzling nested plots and enticing factual references to make this dramatically illustrated, dreamlike adventure an intriguing exploration of literature, censorship and the importance of storytelling and independent thought.

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Loving Living: Some Helpful Tips For A Better World And A Happier Life

Saturday, May 31, 2008.

This episode of Just One More Book!! is dedicated to the memory of a good friend, Marcel Boudreau, a man who not only knew how to live a happy life, but helped others understand how to live their own happy lives. He made this a better world. We miss you, Marcel.

Some Helpful Tips for a Better World and a Happier LifeAuthor: Rebecca Doughty
Illustrator: Rebecca Doughty
Published: 2008 Schwartz & Wade (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375842721

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Life is sweet and short and moves so fast, sometimes we need a cheeky little book like this to remind us to stop to live and love our lives.

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You can find the lyrics for “Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen)”, by Baz Lurhman, here.

Reading Frenzy: Fire Up With Reading!

Saturday, May 3, 2008.

Fire Up With ReadingAuthor: Toni Buzzeo
Illustrator: Sachiko Yoshikawa
Published: 2007 Upstart Books
ISBN: 1602130191

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Arm-waving exuberance and ear-to-ear grins explode from every page of this energizing literary extravaganza.

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