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12 dancing princesses

Folk Tales with a Twist

Folklore gives context to cultural traditions and explains the natural world.  Across time and generations, oral stories built and strengthened ethnic, tribal and national ties. The Brothers Grimm popularized traditional Western (German) folktales in the 19th century when they published oral tales such as Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and The Frog Prince.

nico and lola

Sit and Stay

Dog Stories with a Lesson

Many people adore dogs. It’s no surprise dogs have begun to show up in schools, libraries, hospitals, senior centers and other places where their calm nature is put to work lifting spirits and building confidence. In a 2009 study of the SitStayRead program, a literacy project that brings therapy dogs into Chicago's public elementary schools, researchers saw a 20 percent increase in oral reading fluency among the 152 second graders studied.

taking flight

International Girls with Grit

Grit is defined as "firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck."  The true stories below portray unimaginable hardships for girls so young. Some lost their families and homes to heinous acts of violence during civil wars. Others were sold by their families to ease financial burdens or because the girls were deemed "worthless." Yet deep loss, fear, and shame didn't define them. Instead, their strength blossomed in adversity.

terrariums

Gardening in Miniature

Gardening is cathartic in ways that people who don’t mind temporary messes or dirty fingernails can appreciate. There is satisfaction in even simple jobs like weeding and the end most certainly justifies the means. Fanatical gardeners dig in the dirt most anytime, weather be damned. There are times, however, when gardening outside is neither possible nor practical. That’s when gardening in miniature fits the bill and satisfies the obsession.

pigs

Pig Tales

They're round, pink and curly-tailed.  Pigs as main characters have appeared in children's literature for decades - think Piglet, Wilbur, and Babe. Kids today find them just as adorable as their parents did and fortunately, these newer characters are plentiful. Here is a mini selection of "Pig Tales" for young children, so go hog wild and get acquainted with some darling pigs.  Board Books (Ages Birth-3)

razor girl

Swamp Justice, Florida-Style

Carl Hiaasen Read-A-Likes

Eco-terrorists are not your average dedicated environmentalists.  In Carl Hiaasen’s novels, they can be downright dangerous and emotionally unstable. They say “write what you know” and Hiaasen knows Florida and the politics of the Sunshine State’s real estate developments. As a longtime investigative reporter and columnist for the Miami Herald, Hiaasen spent most of his career in journalism ranting against real estate moguls and politicians responsible for altering the unique landscape of Southern Florida.