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Choices for children

Lately, newspapers have been filled with recommendations for new children's books. The Sun highlighted Mommy, Do You Love Me? by Jeanne Willis, A Visitor for Bear by Bonnie Becker, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall and The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry.

From the N.Y. Times Children's Book Section: Books about boxer Muhammad Ali and the environment, Harlem hoopsters and adventurous girls. Sequels, including More!" from Antoinette Portis, the author of Not a Box, And a rave ("masterpiece" to be exact) for How I Learned Geography, an autobiographical, Holocaust-era tale by Uri Shulevitz (shown above).

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From the Washington PostStories about all sorts of critters and picture books on Fred Astaire, a re-imagined Lewis Carroll poem and a young boxer. Tales about the baseball's Negro Leagues, jazz pianist Art Tatum and a deaf/blind girl whose education paved the way for Helen Keller's success. In young adult fiction, raves for The Book of Jude, about a 19th-century teenager who joins a Mormon community.

The Times and Post gave less-than-enthusastic reviews to Read All Aboout It!, by First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna. A Times skewer: "The point is laboriously made, the teachers' names are dorky, the plot is hectic and the suspense and dialogue are artificial." Yes, but didn't you like the color of the cover?


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