The Tangled Skein

The Tangled Skein by Alta Halverson Seymour is as wonderful as the Purple House Press cover is beautiful! Originally published in 1946, it was written on the heels of WWII, and captures the challenges of that very moment in Norway beautifully. 

The Goldsmith and the Master Thief

This collection of tales is charming and edifying. Each chapter of the book is a complete tale involving one or both of the brothers. It is funny in places, whimsical in others, and generally good fun for bedtime read aloud. Best of all, the stories are not scary. There is some romance, as both boys do get married at different points in the story, but it is the fairy tale kind of romance wherein they fall in love mere minutes after meeting. 

Dahlia

A Plumfield Kids book review by Greta Masarik, age 13: Unlike some picture books about dolls, Dahlia is different. Where most books take the point of view of a girl who loves dolls, this book is from the point of view of a girl who strongly dislikes them. 

The Real Book About Whales and Whaling

A Plumfield Kids Book Review by Jack Masarik, age 11. This book is not my favorite book for many reasons, but the main one is that it starts slowly, explaining each and every kind of whale. But even with a slow beginning, it makes up for it in the other half of the book, which is about whaling. 

The Flying Tigers

 A Plumfield Kids Book Review by Jack Masarik, age 11 The Flying Tigers by John Toland is a Landmark book about a group of American fighter pilots led by and trained by Claire Lee Chennault—who was a former United States Air Corps acrobatic flier and flying school director. In 1937, after ten years of service, he resigned…

The Mysterious Voyage of Captain Kidd

Captain William Kidd was a pirate. Everyone knows that, don’t they?  A.B.C. Whipple’s book, The Mysterious Voyage of Captain Kidd, is written from a different perspective. From the beginning, Whipple draws a map of conspiracy, greed, government corruption, and bad luck.  Whipple is careful to define the difference between piracy and privateering. Piracy is lawless…