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All Four Stars by Tara Dairman
The Amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper
The Best Man by Richard Peck
Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen
Bloom by Doreen Cronin
Candor by Pam Bachorz
The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase by Wendy Mass
The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett
A Day's Work by Eve Bunting
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald
Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas
In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
Iron Ties by Ann Parker
The Lens by N.K. Guy
The Magic Cornfield by Nancy Willard
Merman in My Tub, Volume 1 by Itokichi
Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
On the Trail to Sunset by Thomas William Wilby and Agnes Anderson Wilby
One Witch at a Time by Stacy DeKeyser
The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Sealed with a Secret by Lisa Schroeder
Showing Off by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
Storm by Amanda Sun
They Came in from the Road by Marjorie Starbuck and Elizabeth Platko
VanDerZee by Deborah Willis-Braithwaite
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
Who Is AC? by Hope Larson

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Books with Strong Families
Collaboration
Half year round-up - Favorite books read in 2017
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 05)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 12)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 19)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 26)
May 2017 Inclusive Reading Report
Read Our Own Books May 2017

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish


Bloom: 06/05/17

Bloom  by Doreen Cronin

Bloom by Doreen Cronin is a cautionary tale about losing touch with the natural world, and with building things from scratch. The Glass Kingdom is slowly falling to pieces after many years of severing ties with the Mud Fairy. They are desperate to gain her favor but they don't know how.

The Glass Kingdom prides itself on its cleanliness and it's sparkle. But glass is fragile and years of use has left the kingdom with numerous cracks and many broken pieces.

This world with it's crumbling glass castle and the restorative mud are all brought to life by David Small's watercolor illustrations.

Remembering that the Mud Fairy used to keep the kingdom in good repair, the king goes to her to ask for help. The Mud Fairy is a girl of few words, preferring to show rather than tell. She offers him a bucket of mud.

When the king fails to understand the fairy's response and the queen also fails, the kingdom send an ordinary girl. She has had so far in her life one task only: protect the only glass item not cracked and not broken.

A common girl knows how to get her hands dirty — even if she's only in charge of holding a spoon. Rather than running away disgusted, the girl sticks around to learn the lesson of the mud.

It's all about doing extraordinary things with ordinary things. It's how to use your hands and the tools and ingredients around you to rebuild and repair your world. It's about not being afraid to get dirty.

Four stars

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Comment #1: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at 09:21:16

Sace

Oh gosh. I couldn't resist this one. And thanks to kindle, my husband never has to know I bought another boook ;-)



Comment #2: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at 21:54:00

Pussreboots

I borrowed a copy from the library. I'm glad you enjoyed the review.