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Our Town Book Reviews: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

This book review originally appeared in the Jacksonville newspaper, The Source. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Dover Thrift Editions) By Lewis Carroll Illustrated. 96 pp. Dover. $2.50 Is Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland a chapter book? It does indeed have … Continue reading

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Our Town Books Reviews: Mary Poppins

This book review originally appeared in the Jacksonville newspaper, The Source. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers 210 pp. Harcourt Children’s Books. $16.99. There are children’s authors who are startling in their ability to remember what it’s like to be a … Continue reading

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Our Town Books Reviews: Orfeo

This book review originally appeared in the Jacksonville newspaper, The Source. Orfeo By Richard Powers 384 pp. W.W. Norton & Company. $26.95. Goaded by curiosity and opportunity, I once asked a concert pianist if he heard music in the sounds … Continue reading

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Our Town Books Reviews: The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak 552 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $12.99 When Marcus Zusak was a youngster growing up in Australia his mother told him a story from her own childhood. She’d seen a young boy offer a piece … Continue reading

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Our Town Books Review: The Read-Aloud Handbook

The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. 351 pp. Penguin Books. $17. The Read-Aloud Handbook is on Penguin Books’ list of the seventy-five most important books it has ever published, which is saying a great deal considering that Penguin has also … Continue reading

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