Someone called me on it. “So what are the other great non-fiction books you referred to here?”swords

Well, here they are, in no particular order:

  • Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot and illustrated by Axel Scheffler: Nice, kid friendly version of the poems that inspired the musical “Cats.” I’d forgotten how well these read aloud!
  • Blackbeard the Pirate King by J. Patrick Lewis: Each double page spread includes a poem about an event in the life of Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard. It’s the pictures, though, that make the book, ranging from one of the first pictures of Blackbeard in 1730 through the Wyeths up to 2008 illustrations. Lots of pirate fun!
  • Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter: Bass Reeves just barely won over this one. I treasure books like this for two reasons. one, they give glimpses of how hard life can be and how resilient humans can be, even when they are children. And two, I hope they poke kids and adults alike out of their complacency about the value of education. It’s not all about “getting a good job.”
  • Swords by Ben Boos: Gorgeously detailed illustrations are the highlight of this chronological, around the world story of the sword. Boys will wear this one out!

That’s all for now!