By Becky Quinten
“A book with no pictures? “
“What could be fun about that?”
This is ridiculous, this is toe crunching, ankle grasping FUN.
“Here is how books work: Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say. No matter what.”
Is Tony the Tiger growling in your bedroom? Is there a mouse in the house?
I didn’t know YOU could make sounds like that! Where did you learn how to make those ridiculous voices?
Oh please, read it again.
“The Book With No Pictures” By B.J. Novak
Age Range: 3 to 7
Publisher: Dial Books (2014)
Set in 1872 this historical fiction features a 15-year-old Victorian girl and is partially based on a diary of a 14-year old Boston girl.
Rachel loves Peaches, her horse. They relish dangerous races with a locomotive and gleefully gallop across the Illinois plains. Rachel and Peaches are free. Her behavior is barely tolerated.
A newspaper man, Rachel’s father sells Peaches and uproots the family settling in Boston. Rachel is miserable about this turn of events.
Boston is burning and the fire engines are pulled by huge draft horses. Governor’s Girl is injured in the fire and Rachel helps rescue her from an untimely death. Rachel is allowed to nurse her back to health and discovers her work: She wants to be a veterinary. Women could not vote, own property, and were unwelcome in universities.
The Boston fire outbreaks rage on and Rachel witness firsthand the struggles of these magnificent fire horses as they suffer from rampantly spreading distemper. They can barely stand, let alone pull a two-ton fire truck.
“This story is for all those girls who have been told ‘you can’t’ and still decide for themselves that ‘I can.’” — Diane Lee Wilson.
“Firehorse” By Diane Lee Wilson
Age Range: 12 to adult
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (2010)
The best-selling author of When Elephants Weep gives us a heartwarming, informative, entertaining, and educational look at man’s best friend.
Did you see the photo of the German shepherd lying under the casket of his dead master grieving? Have you watched you tube videos of dogs greeting returning service men with wild abandon?
Dogs are underrated by society. They are viewed as property. After reading this book you may well ask, are you your dog’s property?
When Freudian psychoanalyst Jeffrey Masson started this book he had no dogs and purposefully set out to obtain three rescue dogs. The book is based his book on direct observations of his “pack.” He explores myths, scientific studies, and anecdotal stories by dog lovers and trainers. He analyzes dogs’ emotions, dreams, sadness, fears and loves. There is a lot to learn about our best friends.
“Dogs Never Lie About Love: Reflections on the Emotional World of Dogs”
By by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Jared Taylor Williams (illustrator)
Publisher: Broadway Books (1998)