Monthly Archives: February 2015

Free Fridays: The Juggling Pug

The Juggling Pug, written by Sean Bryan and illustrated by Tom Murphy, is a perfect picture book to read aloud with beginning readers. The sentences flow smoothly due to Bryan’s use of repetition and rhyme, and there is minimal text on each page (usually only one sentence per page), which makes it very approachable for early readers. This entertaining […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursdays: Madeline

One of my favorite books growing up was a compilation of all of the Madeline books by Ludwig Belmelmans. I read and re-read it until I earned the title “Mad about Madeline.” I watched the 1998 movie “Madeline” over and over, and was enchanted by the French school girls and their adventures.   I recently […] Continue reading

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Winners Wednesday

It might be Wednesday but today’s winner is Tuesday! Tuesday by David Wiesner, that is. Winner of the 1992 Caldecott Award, Tuesday tells the story of flying frogs and their adventures, through pictures. The text in Tuesday is minimal. Yet, what is lacking in words is made up for in thrilling illustrations. Every thing in every picture on every page […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesday: Troll Swap

What is trendier than being yourself? With recent attention to ending bullying and getting kids to feel good about being themselves, being proud of who you are is definitely trendy! Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson (the author of the popular Charlie and Lola series) follows a little girl and a little troll that switch places. […] Continue reading

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Free Fridays: The Very Cranky Bear

This week in Nashville, the weather has been atrocious. Snow storms, ice storms, freezing temperatures, you name it. Today, I decided to finally venture out and trek to the book store. On my way here, I managed to almost fall three times on the ice, which  put me in not the best mood. When I got to […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Books Monday: Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise

Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor and illustrated by Jean Jullien, is a wonderfully fun and playful new picture book. The owl starts out by stating his intention to use his master of disguise skills in order to catch an animal to eat. He cleverly thinks to disguise himself as a carrot in […] Continue reading

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Suicide and the Sovereignty of the Individual in The Island of Doctor Moreau

In the interest of fostering some continuity between this week’s reading and our pending discussion of H.G. Wells, I am interested in Foucault’s discussion of suicide as a way in which the individual might “usurp the power of death” (139). In T… Continue reading

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An Ode to Gravity

Oh, gravity.  You have kept me grounded my whole life.  Where ever I have traveled you have kept my feet on the ground and my head out of the clouds.  I can not see you but feel your presence in all aspects of life.  While some look to defy your laws, I look to embrace […] Continue reading Continue reading

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“Typing” in the 21st Century: Creating a Composite Type through Online Dating

The aim of Sir Francis Galton’s compost portraiture, outlined in his 1897 essay “Composite Portraits,” was to find “the portrait of a type and not of an individual”—to discover, by the means of superimposing portraits of multiple individual… Continue reading

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WPATH & The Fantasy of a Transgender “Type”

“As an international interdisciplinary, professional organization, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) will work to further the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders by professionals in medicine, psych… Continue reading

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