Before After

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ISBN: 9780763676216
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Published: Candlewick - October 14th, 2014

This clever, wordless book is filled with beautiful before and after illustrations. Some are simple: wheat turns to bread, a flock of sheep is then a ball of yarn. Others are more complex: a cow in a pasture becomes a bottle of milk, but pull away and that same cow becomes a painting.  Some of the scenarios will make you smile, some will make you wonder, all will delight.  Read this with your children (4 and up) and be prepared to discuss and to answer questions. This is one that adults will enjoy as much as kids.


Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship and Marriage

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ISBN: 9780375727436
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Published: Vintage - October 8th, 2002

I'm a big fan of short stories, so for my pick of the decade I went with the master, Alice Munro.  These nine tender, honest stories capture the inner lives of ordinary people that are made to seem extraordinary.  With beautiful details, Munro is brilliant at describing the deepest of human emotions, while the plots twist in unexpected directions.  Read it and you'll understand why she won the Nobel Prize.


We Are Called to Rise

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ISBN: 9781476738963
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 3rd, 2014

A wounded soldier dealing with PTSD, the 5th grade son of an immigrant family struggling to get by and a broken-hearted mother are connected to each other only after an unthinkable incident.   Set in "real" Las Vegas (not the Vegas of casinos and nightlife), McBride’s skillful narrative turns a tragic story into a hopeful and uplifting one.   This penetrating psychological portrayal will linger with you long after you finish reading.


Remember Me Like This

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ISBN: 9781400062126
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Published: Random House - May 13th, 2014

Sometimes you read a story in the newspaper and say “I cannot even begin to imagine what it must be like for that family.” Remember Me Like This is based on just such a story (though a fictional one), and yet Johnson’s deft writing makes you feel that you do, in fact, understand what the members of the family are going through.  Each family member’s perspective is woven into the narrative and you feel that you have been let in on their five emotional journeys.


Paul Meets Bernadette

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By Rosy Lamb, Rosy Lamb (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763661304
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Published: Candlewick - December 10th, 2013

Paul is a goldfish who swims around aimlessly until Bernadette arrives.  She introduces him to the world outside the fishbowl and helps him see things in a whole new way. Kids will giggle at the surprising descriptions Bernadette gives everyday objects and have fun guessing what she will come up with next.  The humor and wonderful message make this a book that will delight both kids and adults, but it is Rosy Lamb's beautifully painted illustrations that really set it apart.



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