TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Esther Forbes’ Johnny Tremain


Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes | LibraryThing

Esther Forbes’ Johnny Tremain made my list of Independence Day Reads last week. This tale of 1775 Boston focuses on the titular character, a silversmith apprentice. A life-changing event alters Johnny’s prospects and Johnny must regroup.

Johnny Tremain set on my girlhood bookshelf. I liked that Johnny was an artist and appreciated the mentions of Paul Revere, another silversmith. When Tropical Storm Allison poured on Houston, family friends suffered a lot of property damage. As a bookish college girl, I aimed to rebuild this family’s personal library. Among the donations was my copy of Johnny Tremain.

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Update on Reading Rainbow Campaign


This May 15, 2014 file photo shows actor Seth MacFarlane at the World Premiere of "A Million Ways To Die In The West" in Westwood, Calif.: This May 15, 2014 file photo shows actor Seth MacFarlane at the World Premiere of "A Million Ways To Die In The West" in Westwood, Calif.

This May 15, 2014 file photo shows actor Seth MacFarlane at the World Premiere of “A Million Ways To Die In The West” in Westwood, Calif. | LYNN ELBER of Associated Press

A few weeks ago, I shared a #tbtb about Reading Rainbow. Just last night, an awesome friend, colleague, and reader sent word that Seth MacFarlane joined the cause. Learn more about MacFarlane’s generosity by clicking on the following hyperlinked phrase –‘Reading Rainbow’ gets hand from Seth MacFarlane.

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TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark…

Just a week or so before my American Lit class (English III) started reading this Mark Twain classic, my dad rescued some old books from someone else’s garbage (One man’s trash is another man’s treasure…) Thus, Dad lent me his new to him copy of “Huck Finn.” While our copy moved onto a needy family post-Tropical Storm Allison, our  copy of “Huck Finn” looked much like the one seen on the left.

Maybe I was razzed a bit at school about it but I was happy this one didn’t make its way to a landfill. Also, “Huck Finn” became one of my favorite books.

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TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Reading Rainbow


Today’s #TBTB doesn’t feature a single book but a TV program about books. One of my fondest childhood memories is watching “Reading Rainbow.”  Thanks to LeVar Burton, I learned and enjoyed many books. When I received the sad news that “Reading Rainbow” was going away in 2009, I felt sorry for the kiddos that wouldn’t have this “edutainment opportunity.” Nonetheless, LeVar has launched another Kickstarter Campaign. Enjoy the video and see how you can support this great effort!

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TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – The Baby-Sitter’s Club


Mary Anne Misses Logan by Ann M. Martin |LibraryThing

As I assisted a patron with OverDrive today, I caught a glimpse of Ann M. Martin’s Mary Anne Misses Logan (The Baby-Sitters Club #46). That reminded me of all the Baby-Sitters Club (BSC) adventures/misadventures I enjoyed as a girl. Also, I appreciated the variety of characters coming together, forming a team, and providing a service to their community.

At the time I read them, I tried to read all those about Dawn (that’s my middle name) but I also liked Mary Anne and Claudia. Many of my friends liked Stacy. Hey, BSC fans, which babysitter was your favorite?

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TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Sisters, Long Ago


Sisters Long Ago by Peg Kehret

Reading Ann Brashares’ My Name is Memory led me to recall another work of fiction. I discovered Peg Kehret’s Sisters, Long Ago when I perused the shelves of my elementary school’s book fair. I think the Egyptian girl on the cover drew my interest.

While this was a work of fiction, I must warn that this is a story of past lives (reincarnation). Also, I read this book when I was a child. Still and all, I found the parts about Ancient Egypt interesting.

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TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Stefan Andres’ The Bible Story


The Bible Story

Somehow, my family came to own the English translation of this book. With its easy prose and smattering of illustrations, I became knowledgeable about the biblical narrative. A few of the images that remained with me were Jacob’s ladder and Jesus’ crucifixion.

As I’m looking forward to seeing Noah this weekend, something such as The Bible Story is a great help. I like being able to read it and The Bible almost at the same time.

(PS – My copy is green!)

 

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