Charming book about a food writer who travels to China seeking the truth of a paternity claim against her deceased husband. In addition she receives an assignment to interview the owner of a new restaurant opening in Beijing. She soon discovers the restaurant owner is one of ten finalists for the Chinese Cultural Olympics too. These two story lines, the paternity claim and the preparation for the culinary contest, are woven throughout the book. This will be appealing to lovers of Chinese food, romance, and anyone who enjoys historically accurate cooking.
The Possibility Dogs, is a fine book about raising, training, and working with search and rescue dogs. In this book, the author explores the realm of psychiatric service dogs; the characteristics and qualities required, and the incredible types of aids/interventions these dogs provide to their human partners. This book is an intriguing look at a little-understood and oft underrated branch of canine service.
Senor Sasquatch is just trying to get somewhere on the bus and not get squished in the process. What happens when the bus driver keeps picking up more passengers? Will Senor Sasquatch be squashed and squished? This is a fun read aloud for all ages, but especially ages 1-5.
A little girl wakes up to the sound of her parents working in the kitchen. There is suddenly the sound of something else, shuffling and clunking and clanging. The parents are dancing in the kitchen! Dancing fun for everyone, especially those ages 4 and up.
Audrey is a Charolais cow living a happy and poetic life on Bittersweet farm, that is until the day they take her mother away. Confronted with her new reality, Audrey, with the help of many farm friends, devises an escape plan to avoid her “food cow” fate. Inspired by the true story of Charlene Mookin–aka “Cincinnati Freedom”–this story is a fun adventure for animals lovers of all ages.
It begins with dinner at a high-end restaurant in Amsterdam. Two brothers, Paul and Serge, and their wives meet to discuss their teenage sons. It is quickly apparent this is no ordinary discussion. What have the cousins done? What is to be done about it? Slowly the tension builds and the reader becomes anxious as the story unfolds. The ending is a stunner!
Snow is still on the ground but gardening is blooming in my heart. The month of March finds seed catalogs, gardening books, and over wintered herbs strewn all over my kitchen and dining room. The need is for spring!
My favorite gardening books for Ohio are authored by Tracy Disabato-Aust. Every spring I start a plant list for my garden from Tracy’s book, 50 High-Impact Low Care Garden Plants. The book has a little bit of everything from grasses to shrubs, but all are Ohio hardy and easy care. My favorite stand out plants are Bear’s Breeches, Variegated Aralia, Blue False Indigo, Bleeding Heart, and Hellebore. The Dragon's Eye Pine made the list this year but where to plant, the garden is getting full!
A good book to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day is I Have a Dream illustrated by Kadir Nelson. The words are from Martin Luther King Jr's speech delivered over 50 years ago. Kadir Nelson is an amazing artist that has brought to life Mr. King and others that believe in equality for all peoples. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Duck is very excited about his jack-o-lantern and cannot wait to show his friends. Duck, unfortunately, has a little pumpkin trouble and ends up scaring his friends. In a colorful and simple style, Jan Thomas has made a funny book for pumpkin lovers of all ages.
A little mouse wants to find a pet that is right for her. This book introduces all of the joys and responsibilities the right pet brings into anyone's life. Great fun for ages 4 and up.