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The Invention of the “Middle Ages”

I came across this snippet about the invention of the Middle Ages in today’s reading, one of those things that immediately lit up a dozen different connections in my brain: “Flavio Biondi of Forli (1392-1463), while celebrating Florence and Italy, provided a scheme that would dominate and tyrannize European historical thought for centuries to come. […]

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Daring the Wind and Waves: Three Library Book Picks

We’ve had a bunch of nice books out from the library, but these three stand out from our recent haul. Though to be honest they were my favorites, not necessarily the children’s, but they were appreciated and admired. Dare the Wind: The Record-breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud by Tracey Fern, illustrated […]

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Finding Ulysses

Ulysses Found by Ernle Bradford. When you have sailed the Mediterranean at the age of nineteen with the Odyssey in your kitbag, and when you have come back of your own volition, to the same sea in your twenties and thirties— and still kept the same book at the foothead of your bunk— it is […]

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Children’s Books about the American Revolutionary Period

A list of our favorite children’s books, both picture books and chapter books, about the American Revolution. (Updated with new books Feb 2017) Picture Books 1. Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George? by Jean Fritz. Tells the story of King George III from childhood with an emphasis of course on the American Revolution. The […]

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