Children's Literature · Nonfiction · Review

So, You Want to Work in Fashion? by Patricia Wooster

Synopsis from Goodreads: Have a passion for fashion? This comprehensive guide can help you land your dream job in the world of fashion and design. Fashion is more than fun—it holds a wide array of career opportunities! From high-profile jobs like clothing designer, model, and fashion photographer to the not-so-well-known professions of fabric cutter and… Continue reading So, You Want to Work in Fashion? by Patricia Wooster

Children's Literature · Classics · Modern Fantasy · Review

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann

Synopsis from Goodreads: The Nutcracker is a Christmas story about a little girl named Maria and her wooden doll, the Nutcracker, who becomes alive to fight the evil seven-headed Mouse King. This edition includes 20 illustrations by Artuš Scheiner and Ludwig Willem Reymert Wenckebach. Review: E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, the basis for… Continue reading The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann

Children's Literature · Review · Science Fiction

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry’s Gathering Blue (the second book in The Giver Quartet) is about Kira, the two-syllable orphan with a twisted leg, who is spared by the all-powerful Council of Guardians. They want to use her gift of weaving to be the “designer of the future” (179) once she has completed re-threading the Singer’s Robe. My friend chided… Continue reading Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Children's Literature · Classics · Review · Traditional Fantasy

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

Synopsis via Goodreads The Snow Queen is a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. It is his longest story and is considered by many as his best work. First published in 1844, it has inspired many artists and many times has been retold in movies and animation. This edition features illustrations by T. Pym (the… Continue reading The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

Children's Literature · Historical Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Spirit’s Princess by Esther Friesner

Spirit’s Princess by Esther Friesner is the first book in the Spirit’s Princess series. It also expands the Princesses of Myth series/chronicles. It is set in Japan and features a map to help give a visual of where Himiko goes. This is the synopsis on the cover flap: Himiko shouldn’t have a care in the world. As the daughter… Continue reading Spirit’s Princess by Esther Friesner

Children's Literature · Classics · Review

Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery is the first novel in the Emily trilogy. It depicts life through the eyes of Emily Byrd Starr. In the beginning of the novel, Emily becomes an orphan after her father dies of consumption. She is then taken in by her Murray family. It is decided that she… Continue reading Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery