Children's books: September 2007 Archives

Dancing feet

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In honor of Chicago's Joffrey Ballet naming a new artistic director (see Hedy Weiss' Sun-Times story), I've chosen a book for kids about two dancers — a brother and sister — who rose to fame in the early 20th century.

Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire (Candlewick Press, $17.99) by Roxanne Orgill and illustrated by Stephane Jorisch, colorfully tells the story of the Astaire siblings from Omaha, Nebraska...

Footwork

Civil War For Dummies

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Did you know that the Gettysburg Address was panned as "silly, flat and dish-watery" by the Chicago Times? How about the role of nuns on the battlefield? ("They were the only group of women experienced in both nursing and hospital management.") Or that the trousers-wearing feminist surgeon Mary Edwards Walker was rumored to be a spy?

You'll find out these Civil War tidbits and much more — such as the story of "Taps," the snowball battle of 1862 and all about Confederate postage stamps — in Strange But True Facts of the Civil War by Patrick M. Reynolds (Taylor Trade Publishing, 144 pages, $18.95).

Civil War

These illustrated stories are a great way to learn something about history without reading a textbook. (Meaning, for all you parents out there who maybe didn't pay attention in history class, this will be a nice way to learn a few things while paging through with your kids.)

Beastly beasts and pirate rats

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In today's Sun-Times Books section, children's book reviewer Deborah Abbott writes about a handful of back-to-school books for young readers.

So today I'll stick to the "young readers" theme with One Beastly Beast (Two Aliens, Three Inventors, Four Fantastic Tales) by Garth Nix, illustrated by Brian Biggs.

This book offers four short stories...

One Beastly Beast

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