Category: books / stories

Mother Daze Author Christine Carr to Visit Providence Public Library  on March 21

Mother Daze Author Christine Carr to Visit Providence Public Library on March 21

[ 1 ] March 17, 2010 |

Providence Public Library’s (Central Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence) visiting author series continues with Rhode Island author Christine Carr, who will present Mother Daze: Tales from the Imperfect Playground on Sunday, March 21 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm (Barnard Room, 3rd Floor). Mother Daze is a truthful account of modern motherhood, a virtual high five […]

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Book Review: LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! How a Movie is Made

Book Review: LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! How a Movie is Made

[ 0 ] March 4, 2010 |

Reviewed by Marcia Maynard Pop the popcorn, pour the juice. Get ready for a G-rated book by New England resident Gail Gibbons:  Lights! Camera! Actions! How a Movie is Made. The story begins with an excited producer waving a book that’s destined to become a hit movie. Gibbons explains the pre-production stage of hiring script […]

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Children’s Book Review: The Story of Rosa Parks by Patricia Pingry

Children’s Book Review: The Story of Rosa Parks by Patricia Pingry

[ 0 ] February 25, 2010 |

Reviewed by Marcia Maynard Looking for a biography for your preschooler? The Story of Rosa Parks, by Patricia Pingry is a perfect fit. In her board book, Pingry tells us the story of Rosa Parks’ life from birth to the Supreme Court ruling that segregation on city buses was unconstitutional. The story begins,  “Do you […]

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Living Under the Snow

Living Under the Snow

By Kristen Swanberg, Senior Director of Conservation, Audubon Society of Rhode Island Did you know that some animals live out the winter beneath the snow?  Scientists use the word subnivean to describe the world under the snow cover.  Snow acts as a thermal blanket, protecting animals like mice, voles, and shrews from the winter cold.  […]

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FLANNEL KISSES by Linda Crotta Brennan

FLANNEL KISSES by Linda Crotta Brennan

[ 5 ] January 28, 2010 |

Reviewed by Marcia Maynard Flannel Kisses is a cozy winter story about a family of five. Linda Crotta Brennan uses rhyming text to take her readers from morning to night on a snowy day. “Flannel sheets, Cold floor,” starts the book, as a girl wakes and leaves her bed. “Hot oatmeal, Out the door!”  We […]

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Take a break from the kids and read along with others in Rhode Island

Take a break from the kids and read along with others in Rhode Island

[ 1 ] January 19, 2010 |

The Rhode Island Center for the Book at Providence Public Library announces the 2010 title in this year’s statewide read project. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. About This Year’s Book Written with warmth and humor, the novel begins in 1946 beneath the hovering WWII cloud […]

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SNOW by Uri Shulevitz

SNOW by Uri Shulevitz

[ 0 ] January 11, 2010 |

Reviewed by Marcia Maynard Spotting the first snowflake of a storm brings excitement to a boy in Uri Shulevitz’s Snow. If you’re a parent in Rhode Island, you’ll feel a connection to this Caldecott honor book. The opening pages show  the gray world that’s seen before a snowstorm. But soon, one snowflake falls. A boy […]

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Coloring Book Review: Girls Are Not Chicks

Coloring Book Review: Girls Are Not Chicks

[ 5 ] December 15, 2009 |

Reviewed by Katy Killilea I have no daughters, but I’ve gathered that Bratz dolls and spangled Barbies are as inevitable as light sabers and Nerf gu—Nerf dart propelling devices are for boys. I grew up with loads of Barbies in the 1970s, and I remember my mom diligently balancing my Barbie lust with Free to […]

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Great Cookbooks for Families: Rock Out With Your Crock Out

Great Cookbooks for Families: Rock Out With Your Crock Out

[ 14 ] December 3, 2009 |

Reviewed by Katy Killilea Who doesn’t like their dinner hot, ready, and waiting? For this and many other reasons, slow cookers make people happy. The notion of slow cookers as frumpy pot roast factories is completely outdated, if Facebook is any kind of bellwether. There all the cool kids are swapping secrets for transforming ingredients, […]

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The Book That Eats People

The Book That Eats People

[ 3 ] October 20, 2009 |

Reviewed by Katy Killilea The Book That Eats People is the book the guy who made an inappropriate toast at your wedding would give your child on her birthday (if he shopped at an independent book store.) The concept is either too terrifying or just terrifying enough: a book that eats people is on the […]

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