Cassie's previously adventurous mom develops early-onset Alzheimer's disease, and Cassie's time spent making art and playing soccer with her best friend falls away. When her mom's condition worsens and she can't even recall Cassie's name, Cassie becomes determined to help her mom check off "swimming with the dolphins" from her bucket list in the hope that it will help her reconnect. A beautifully written story about the importance of memories, the fear of loss, and the emotional connections that bond family and friends together no matter what.
HOW LONG IS FOREVER is the story of a young boy’s quest to understand the essence of what forever really is. Through her delightful storytelling, Kelly Carey cleverly depicts how a child’s idea of “forever” (Grandma's blueberry pie will take forever to bake) varies considerably from that of an older person. As Mason hunts for the meaning of forever, he enjoys all the beauty and treasures his grandparent’s farm holds. Perspective is a key theme in this story, and parents and teachers will find many jumping-off points for discussion regarding time and perspective. Children will easily engage with Qing Zhuang’s vibrant colored pencil and watercolor illustrations. And blueberry pie plays a key role in Carey’s book as well. How yummy is that?
To learn more about author Kelly Carey, visit her website: http://www.kcareywrites.com/.
To learn more about illustrator Qing Zhuang, go to https://www.qingthings.com/.
It’s been over three years since World War II ended, but fifth grader Glory Bea Bennett still holds on to the hope that her father will return from France, where he was reportedly killed in action. The Merci Train, a boxcar with gifts from the people of France, will make a stop in Glory Bea’s hometown of Gladiola, Texas, and Glory Bea is convinced her father will be the train’s surprise guest. When her father's army buddy, Randall Horton, arrives in town to meet their family, romance blooms between Mrs. Bennett and Randall, threatening to derail Glory Bea's plans for her father's reunion with their family. Simultaneously sweet and heart wrenching, this middle grade historical fiction novel set in 1948 examines the effects the war had on home front families. Light humor, engaging characters (love the matchmaking grandma!), and an atmospheric subplot (middle school crushes at the soda fountain counter, anyone?) make this middle grade well worth reading.
Lyrical picture book about overcoming fears on the first day of preschool/daycare. Universal theme of self-confidence with sparse text that reads like a poem and whimsical illustrations that depict imagination and warmth. A lovely, inspirational read!