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For Kids and Those Who Read to Kids -- A love Crop of Worth Products to Get A Hold of and to Spend Quality Time Reading

Children’s Book Reviews

From National Geographic comes “Kids Beginner’s World Atlas” ($18.95, 63 over-sized pages) with illustrated physical and political maps, more than 130 full color images and delightful charts of facts and figures. A great learning tool.

There is also from National Geographic “Kids Ultimate Weird But True” ($19.95, 192 color and over-sized pages). A bargain at this price, the book has one thousand images that tell stories, charm readers, provide all kinds of odd-ball and worthwhile info.

The final National Geographic tome is “Little Kids African Animal Alphabet” by Beverly and Dereck Jourbert ($16.95, 48 pages). This is a love of a book mixing alphabetical info (Antelope to Zebra) and amazing images.

Completing the National Geographic quartette is “Christmas in Williamsburg” by K.M. Kostyal with photos by Lori Epstein ($17.95, 60 pages, over-sized). A how-to book, a primer on Christmas as magic in this truly American locale, a work to return to again and again - - this is a keepsake publication to hand down from one generation to the next.  

“When Life Gives You O.J.” by Erica S. Perl (Knopf, $15.99, 199 pages) is all about a 10-year-old who wants a dog and her not so pleasing gramps who has his own ideas about what is right and wrong.  Beguiling. Endearing stuff.

“The Witches” by Andy Opel illustrated by Karel Hayes (Jetty House, $17.95) is an over-sized and beautifully executed focused on kids and boats on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. The art is appealing, the story is quick and clever, and the total package is a delight.

“Strega Nona’s Gift”  by Tomie dePaola (Penguin, $17.99) is a book with another New Hampshire connection like the reviewers and the other wondrous tome cited before. This one is by the acclaimed author/illustrator out of New London in the Granite state. The entire book is full of Italian flavor, a treat on every page, perfect for the holiday season or any time. REWARDING.  

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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

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