Tuesday, November 21, 2006
In 1620, the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, bound for the new world. There were 102 passengers. 44 of them (19 men, 11 women, and 14 children) were Separatists, looking for religious freedom. The others were known to the Pilgrims as "Strangers," men who desired a new life in a new land. In spite of the hardships and deaths of so many of their group, not one person chose to return to England when the Mayflower made its return voyage five months later. I love this painting by N. C. Wyeth which shows the Pilgrims standing on the shore watching their ship leave.
For more pictures, and a wonderful retelling of the story by Robert San Souci, get the book, N.C.Wyeth's Pilgrims, from our library.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Children's Book Week: November 13-19, 2006
A celebration of the written word, Children's Book Week introduces young people to new authors and ideas in schools, libraries, homes and bookstores. Through Children's Book Week, the Children's Book Council encourages young people and their caregivers to discover the complexity of the world beyond their own experience through books. Children's Book Week will be observed November 13-19, 2006.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Mothers, you have probably seen this movie with your daughter, or daughters, you have seen it with your friends. It is the movie version of Gail Levine's book, Ella Enchanted. And now the SAS Library has the sequel, Fairest.
The New York Times reviewer, Naomi Wolfe, finds much to enjoy in this novel but takes the heroine with a grain of salt. Parents: here is a great starting point for a literary discussion with your daughter. The book is available in our library.