Playing by the book

Reviews of kids' books and the crazy, fun stuff they inspire us to do

An Odd Dog and onomastics

Odd Dog by Claudia Boldt is an ever so slightly absurd tale about a rather unusual dog, a dog who prefers apples to bones. Helmut has a prized apple tree, laden with ripening fruit. Helmut also has nightmares: His neighbour, Igor, may at any time be plotting to steal all of Helmut’s much loved apples. […]

Exploring outdoors and becoming a museum curator

Sticks are super… but how to broaden our horizons when we’re out exploring? What else could we and the kids look for? How do we learn to identify what we find? Today I’ve once again got one fiction picture book and one non-fiction book that go together really well, and which could help us answer […]

Norwegian Wood(s)

The second Norwegian picture book for our Reading Round Europe adventure is The Race of the Birkebeiners by Lise Lunge-Larsen (born and raised in Norway, but now living in the US), illustrated by Mary Azarian. Based on a true story from 13th century Norway, The Race of the Birkebeiners tells how a small band of […]

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