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A Trio of Winners:  
"A Glove of Their Own," “Birdie’s Big-Girl Dress,” and “Chamelia”

Children’s Book Reviews

"A Glove of Their Own" by Debbie Moldovan, Keri Conkling and Lisa Funari-Willever (Franklin Mason Press, $15.95, illustrated by Lauren Lambiase) is a beautifully executed and careful conceived tome. Reading it one is taken back to early days of playing the game - mine were on the "mean streets" of Brooklyn, stickball, and I did not have a glove of my own or a bat either. The book begins "In our town there's a park, with an oak tree so tall. We meet there each day, so we can play ball. The spot is home plate for our everyday game. Sticks are the bases; they work just the same." And from that beginning, the reader is swept away . . .HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

“Birdie’s Big-Girl Dress” by Sujean Rim (Little, Brown, $16.99) is a way for readers of all persuasions and age to enjoy following their favorite fashionista as Birdie searches for her perfect  party  dress to celebrate her birthday in style. CHARMING.

“Chamelia” by Ethan Long (Little, Brown, $16.99) is all about the world’s most lovable chameleon – Chamelia. Most chameleons seem to enjoy blending in – Chamelia is just the opposite and this charming book shows all the ways she “unblends” in.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.         

“Now if the Time for Running” by Michael Williams (Little, Brown, $17.99, 228) geared to ages 12 and up is set in Zimbabwe where Deo and his older brother, Innocent, see their village ravaged by soldiers.  South Africa beckons where the two find a new life. Deo joins a street soccer team along with other teens who are displaced. Impressive story telling. 

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About the Authors:  Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.

They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. More about these authors.

You can contact the Frommers at: 

Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Email: harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Web: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~frommer/travel.htm.

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