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Friends Journal’s Young Friends Bookshelf, December 2017

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This month’s reviews include First Day Stories by Katherine K. Newman, Fresh-Picked Poetry by Michelle Schaub and Amy Huntington, and Maybe God is Like That Too by Jennifer Grant and Benjamin Schipper.

 

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First Day Stories

FJ Review: “First Day Stories is a perfect lesson starter for First-day schools and an important book to have in every Quaker home with young children.”

Emilie Gay is a member of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Meeting.


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Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market

FJ Review: “Although the rhymes are easy, the poet Michelle Schaub has tossed in long and unusual words which will pique the interest of ages three to eight.”

Retired school librarian Margaret Walden, a member of Cleveland (Ohio) Meeting, visits a farmers’ market that sets up weekly on the front porch of her hometown public library in Lakewood, Ohio.


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Maybe God Is Like That Too

FJ Review: “Benjamin Schipper’s colorful, cartoon-like illustrations of big city life came as a welcome surprise, in contrast to the bucolic scenes I expected in a book about seeing God in the world.”

Dee Cameron is a member of El Paso (Tex.) Meeting. She is a grandmother and a retired school librarian.


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When We Were Alone

FJ Review: “As they spend time in the garden, the little girl asks her grandmother questions. All of the questions relate to the adult’s experiences at the Native American residential school she attended as a child. The information shared is age appropriate and would be an excellent way to introduce that topic to young children.”

Eileen Redden is the assistant book review editor for Friends Journal. She worships in Lewes, Del.


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The Girl Who Saved Yesterday

FJ Review: “Elements of it will resonate with anyone who has felt loss, and perhaps the message will be clear to children that we must not bury our sorrows and losses, but must remember and cherish them.”

Anne Nydam is a member of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting. A former middle school teacher, she now works from home as a writer and artist.


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Farmer Herman and the Flooding Barn

FJ Review: “Farmer Herman and the Flooding Barn provides an engaging message and would be a welcome addition to a home, school, or meeting library.”

Vickie LeCroy is a member of Cincinnati (Ohio) Meeting and teaches elementary school in Tennessee.


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Growing Peace: A Story of Farming, Music, and Religious Harmony

FJ Review: “This book would be a delightful addition to the library of every Quaker meeting where fair trade coffee is offered. Richard Sobol’s beautiful color photographs portray how coffee is grown and harvested by a diverse community in Uganda.”

Katie Green is a member of Worcester (Mass.) Meeting. She is a storyteller and has led workshops at the Friends General Conference Gathering and New England Yearly Meeting annual sessions.


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Me and Marvin Gardens

FJ Review: “It is the voice of Obe Devlin, the 11-year-old protagonist of Me and Marvin Gardens, at once passionate and possessive, fierce and tender, that suspends the reader’s credulity and leans him in to hear more.”

James Foritano attends Cambridge (Mass.) Meeting.


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Making It Right: Building Peace, Settling Conflict

FJ Review: “Making It Right is a very practical book on everyday peacemaking for children and teens. It wouldn’t hurt adults to read it, too.”

Tom and Sandy Farley are members of Palo Alto (Calif.) Meeting. They are storytellers, booksellers, AVP facilitators, and coauthors of the Earthcare for Children curriculum.


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Answering the Cry for Freedom

FJ Review: “It tells stories of flawed human beings, living in a different time and place, with both passion and compassion. The publisher identifies it as written for nine- to twelve-year-olds, but I loved it.”

Paul Buckley is a Quaker historian, theologian, and the author of The Essential Elias Hicks.


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