Category: books / stories

A New Spin on Earth Day

A New Spin on Earth Day

[ 5 ] April 17, 2010 |

By Jeanine Silversmith On Thursday, April 22, I plan to celebrate Earth Day a bit differently than I’ve done in the past. As an environmentalist and director of Rhode Island Families in Nature as well as a former classroom science teacher, environmental club advisor, environmental educator, and – let’s face it – hippie, I usually […]

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Book Review: The Green Hour

Book Review: The Green Hour

[ 3 ] April 13, 2010 |

Reviewed by Katy Killilea Regarding happy children, the evidence is clear: one requirement is time outside in unstructured activity. GreenHour.org, a website of the National Wildlife Foundation, encourages families to carve out one hour every day for outdoor exploration and play. It’s hard to imagine an argument against that. And it doesn’t sound hard to […]

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Children’s Book Review: ‘Winston The Water Dog”

Children’s Book Review: ‘Winston The Water Dog”

[ 0 ] April 9, 2010 |

Special local events listed below. Reviewed by Anika Denise Mary Korr loves her dogs. You can see the pride on her face when she introduces Maggie and Elvis, her two handsome Portuguese water dogs. But for Ms. Korr–a writer and Rhode Island resident–her dogs have not only provided her family with years of joy and […]

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Children’s Book Review: 2010 Caldecott winner <em>The Lion and the Mouse </em> by Jerry Pinkney

Children’s Book Review: 2010 Caldecott winner The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

[ 0 ] April 6, 2010 |

Reviewed by Marcia Maynard The cover of this year’s Caldecott winner, The Lion and the Mouse, is captivating and shows the passion that author/illustrator Jerry Pinkney has for his work, this fable and for animals. Based in the African Serengeti of Tanzania and Kenya, the story is painted in earth-toned watercolors. As in the cover, […]

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International Children’s Book Day

International Children’s Book Day

[ 0 ] April 2, 2010 |

Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, 2 April, International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books. Each year a different National Section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of ICBD. It decides upon a theme and […]

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April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month

[ 1 ] April 1, 2010 |

By Katy Killilea April is National Poetry month, and kids are natural poets. They’ve got that unselfconscious rhythm, love to rhyme, and they get passionate pleasure from alliteration. While they’re pounding out the beats all year long, we can celebrate poetry month with special activities that people of many ages can get into. 1. Hinky […]

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Children’s Book Review: <em>When Rain Falls</em> by Melissa Stewart and illustrations by Constance R. Bergum

Children’s Book Review: When Rain Falls by Melissa Stewart and illustrations by Constance R. Bergum

[ 0 ] March 31, 2010 |

Reviewed by Marcia Maynard What better time to read a book about rain than during this wet Rhode Island spring? Melissa Stewart’s knowledge of science and her love of language are obvious in her picture book, When Rain Falls. Stewart connects her readers to the book by starting with a brother and sister who run […]

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Welcome Anika Denise, local author reviews children’s books on Kidoinfo

Welcome Anika Denise, local author reviews children’s books on Kidoinfo

[ 2 ] March 19, 2010 |

I would like to welcome Anika Denise as a new regular contributer to Kidoinfo. The author of “Pigs Love Potatoes” and the forthcoming “Bella And Stella Come Home”  will review children’s books; new ones, well-loved classics, and overlooked gems. Anika lives in Barrington, Rhode Island with her husband, Christopher and their two daughters, ages 8 […]

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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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