Monday, May 1, 2023

It's Monday - Sharing Recent Favorites


    Visit Kellee and Ricki at UnleashingReaders and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts to see what they and others have been reading! Your TBR lists will grow!
     Sorry that I've not been here for a few weeks. April's Poetry Month writing a daily poem/post has taken a lot of time, then last Monday a driver ran a 4-way stop and hit my car as I drove through. I was nearly through so I am really okay, but the right-rear bumper into the back is not! Now I'm driving a rental and had quite a lot of paperwork and conversations during the week. Everything is covered as that other driver was at fault. Whew!
       So, I'm sharing the numerous picture books I've reviewed on Goodreads with a brief overview and the link to my longer review. I still haven't finished a long chapter book yet, except for one adult book but soon! I'm looking forward to your shared posts, have missed them!

Thanks to Candlewick Press for the first four!

A family tradition is to plant a tree for each generation. Now it's Eve's turn. Link

At the same hour, all over the world, things are happening. Included are dangers
to the environment. Gorgeous and full of good information! Link

This tree, over time. Fascinating and detailed time-lapse! Link

Searching for Waldo and more, page by page.
It's a game for one or with a friend! Link

Books from my library

Intriguing history of the ancient codexes,
how "books" have been written far longer
than we imagine.  Link

Cordell never writes a bad story. Dear Evergreen
overcomes his fears and has big adventures! Link

A debut wordless picture book.
You will be amazed at the beauty
and the creativity. Link

This older book found at my bookstore has
beautiful language that tells a special story
of small journeys this man makes throughout a year. Link

Celebrating the "you" who is "you" in
delightful language and inviting illustrations.  Link

for adults

        Once again, Tracy Kidder has taken me into the world of another, this time telling of Dr. Jim O'Connell, who became a doctor, and, brushing aside his original medical goals, he began a community unlike in other cities, but in Boston. It was for its unhoused population, including those sleeping on the streets–the "rough sleepers". Our nation's homeless population has grown. It has been a much-discussed issue and solutions cannot seem to be agreed upon. Dr. O'Connell, within his group, made the homeless people in his area family. Kidder shows us the hard work to show sympathy and patience with those they met, day after day, helping them to get care, allowing their decisions to refuse it. In the book, we begin to see these oft-neglected as real people. Sometimes Dr. O'Connell and his team experienced failures but they did not stop trying to discover new approaches, and new "workarounds" for a world of problems most of us might never imagine. One thread of the book runs throughout one of the patients, Tony, who became a "real" person, not just one of those we see begging on the street, easy to dismiss. Like all of Kidder's books, I learned and I am grateful for knowing more because he wrote.
         I am reminded of the advice to meet the problem today. You can't do tomorrow until tomorrow. There is much research in the back showing Kidder's sources and it will make a fine resource if readers want to know more.

 Next? I had started it but still have a ton to go and so far, good! Finally Seen by Kelly Yang!


  1. Oh, I have to read The Tree and the River. It's in my library stack!

  2. I love Kelly Yang! I'm reading THREE KEYS right now. I love the sound of EVERGREEN (complete with it's freaked-out squirrel cover) and THE DEPTH OF THE LAKE AND THE HEIGHT OF THE SKY. Thanks, Linda!

  3. I've seen You Are a Story reviewed on another blog so I should probably read that one next.

  4. I really love the look of Eco-Girl - and You are A story! Great minds! :)


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