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Old Movies for Kids: Danny Kaye

I grew up with Danny Kaye singing, “Mommy, I Want a Drink of Water” and movies like the delightful Court Jester from which this hysterical clip is from (and thanks to Camille for reminding me of this too):

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Old Movies for Kids: Abbott and Costello

Camille reminded me of this classic; perfect as spring training is underway.

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Old Movies for Kids: The Marx Brothers

Some classes happily go on to the Marx Brothers after finishing up with Chaplin. This year’s class would have none of them, but last year’s class couldn’t get enough. You just never know. I begin by telling the kids a … Continue reading

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Old Movies for Kids: Buster Keaton

At the time I first fell in love with Chaplin the rest of the world seemed more taken with Buster Keaton. Evidently he was more cerebral (as much as a slapstick comedian can be called that) and at my college … Continue reading

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Old Movies for Kids: Charlie Chaplin

In Edgar Eager’s Half Magic, a much beloved childhood book of mine, there is a mention of the four kids hating Charlie Chaplin. I can only speculate that Eager, having set the story in the time of his own youth, … Continue reading

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Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews

Given my Old Movies for Kids series, how timely to read of a new memoir by someone who signified in my own kid-movie-days. In 1964 when it seemed as if every other girl my age was gaga over the Beatles … Continue reading

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Gail Herman’s What Was the Holocaust?

My fourth grade students are big fans of the Who Was? book series. Strong readers, by and large, they can gulp one down in a day. I haven’t read many of them, just those that feature outliers of particular interest to … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal for Avi’s The Button War

The distinguished and award-winning author, Avi, has a fascinating and unique new work of historical fiction coming out next June from Candlewick Press: The Button War. Here is the publisher’s description: Twelve-year-old Patryk knows little of the world beyond his tiny … Continue reading

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Jude Watson’s Loot

I love me a good caper story. Lighter, smarter, funnier, and a lot less gory than many other sorts of crime fiction, done well, they are great fun to read.  And when a heist is involved, ideally in some exotic locale, all the … Continue reading

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The Edinburgh Book Festival

The Edinburgh Book Festival is one of the best public celebrations of books in the world. Beginning in 1983, it now goes on every August featuring an enormous range of writers and events for all sorts of readers. After years … Continue reading

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