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Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them."
- Arnold Lobel

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Every Tuesday is Book Review Day, where I review and recommend a children's book.

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29 September 2010

Wise Owl Wednesday #2 :: History of Censorship :: Part Two


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** Welcome to my new weekly feature, Wise Owl Wednesday, where you can butter up your brain with some children's literature facts - history, milestones, trivia ... stop by here to learn a little something about the amazing world of books for the young! **


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In honor of Banned Books Week (Sept. 25 - Oct. 2, 2010), I thought I would share the history of literary censorship.  I hope you find it as interesting as I did!!

Milestones in the History of Censorship (Part Two):

1497 - Works of Ovid and Dante were burned in Florence.
1559 - The Sacred Congregation of the Roman Inquistion published the first Index of Forbidden Books, which were books thought to be dangerous to the morality of the Roman Catholic faith.  This publication was abandoned in 1996.
1624 - The Bible, translated by Martin Luther in 1534, was burned in Germany.
1660 - Charles II of England ordered that the Council for Foreign Plantations instruct natives, servants, and slaves of the British colonies in the precepts of Christianity by teaching them to read.  British slave owners, however, feared that literate slaves might find enlightening revolutionary ideas in books.
1683 - John Locke escaped from England to Holland because his theory of civil, religious, and philosophical liberty was considered too radical.

Source:  Through the Eyes of A Child: An Introduction to Children's Literature (5th Edition) by Donna E. Norton, copyright 1999 by Prentice-Hall, Inc.

28 September 2010

Book Review #18 :: Trick or Treat, Calico!


Trick or Treat, Calico! (Calico Books)

Trick or Treat, Calico!
Written by Karma Wilson
Illustrated by Buket Erdogan
Published by Little Simon, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division
Copyright 2009

"It's that spooky time of year. 
Halloween is finally here!
There are trick-or-treaters everywhere. 
Look - a ghost is over there!"


Publisher's Summary:  It's Halloween night, and everyone is trick-or-treating! But where is Calico? Is she disguised as a ghost? No! Is she in a witch's costume? No! Young readers will love lifting the study flaps to find out where Calico is hiding.

Mary Elizabeth's Musings:  Babies and toddlers will be delighted again and again by finding Calico the cat in this sweet, lift-the-flap board book! Babies will adore listening to the words while searching for Calico under a variety of costumes.  Parents will enjoy sharing the rhythmic verse and engaging illustrations with their little ones.  Bright and colorful illustrations paired with Karma Wilson's rhyming prose makes this board book a must-have for any baby or toddler's home library!


To read more about maximizing reading time with your baby, check out my post on Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy :: Part One of Five.


Other books about Calico the cat:

Hello, Calico!Uh-oh, Calico!Friends for Calico!Play Nice, Calico!



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