Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Sign of the Times


Today I ran across this Caldecott Honor book  I hadn't read before.  The Paperboy tells about a young boy and his trusty dog, who crawl out of their cozy, warm bed at the crack of early.  He rolls through the neighborhood with his dog trotting along behind in the dark chill of early morning to deliver newspapers. It's a sweet, simple story with lovely illustrations.

As I finished this book, I was struck by how much society has changed since it was first published in 1996.  Nowadays, who would allow their child to deliver newspapers in the wee hours, alone-even with an accompanying canine.  I know, the story is a romanticized idea.  But it's a sad truth that today's world can be a scary, even dangerous place for our children.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Fly, Fly Again

Jenny has always wanted to fly.  Although her many attempts to do so were not successful, she never gave up.  She studied her pet red-tailed hawk to learn more about how flight works.  When her latest aeronautical creation crashed in her neighbor Jude’s back yard, she teamed up with him to rework her design. They learned about pitch, roll, drift, yaw, and how lift, control, and speed play a part in getting their tiny plane to fly.  One more attempt and - - - SUCCESS!!  Of course, this inspired their next project, a rocket to Mars!

Mother and daughter Katie Jaffe and Jennifer Lawson collaborated on this entertaining story that introduces elementary-aged kids to some basic aeronautical engineering terms.  Astronaut Buzz Aldrin wrote the forward to this hot-off-the-press picture book.  Tammie Lyon’s delightfully creative illustrations add the perfect touch to Fly, Fly Again. A portion of the proceeds from this book  will be donated to UNICEF and Buzz Aldrin Ventures.