Brightly

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If you need help finding a book for a child or teen, Brightly is a site that’s sure to help. Used by librarians and teachers, Brightly offers reviews and lists of books for every sort of reader, e.g. 20 Early Chapter Books for Boys, 14 Best Books for Kindergarten Graduation Gifts, 7 Picture Books that Celebrate Great Teachers, Books for Star Wars Obsessed Kids, and more. It’s easy to search by age or interest. The site publishes new articles regularly. In addition to book posts, Brightly offers articles on parenting with topics including social media and kids, communication and dealing with perfectionism. It’s a terrific resource.

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Sepia Saturday

Joan And The Pedalo : Lake Maggiore, Italy. 1947 (Third Party Album)

This week’s prompt inspires me to think of summer and water sports.

Photographs of Camden area taken by Theresa Parker Babb between 1898-1900.  Theresa was the wife of Knox Mill superintendent C.W. Babb (1863-1956), and she was the grandmother of the donor, Janan Babb Vaughn.  Theresa Babb was born in 1868 and died in 194

1899 Source: Camden Public Library

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Source: George Eastman Museum, 1905

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Folks in a row boat, 1910 | Flickr Commons

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Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday Theme Images - 427  14th July 2018

This week’s Sepia Saturday prompts features children and dogs. How delightful. Here’s some images from Flickr Commons.

1873

Internet Archives, St. Nicholas book, 1873

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Drummer Boy and Wolfhound, 1917, National Library of Ireland

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Girl with a dog, (n.d.) Oregon State Archives

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Zootopia

Disney’s Zootopia is a fun kids’ movie that adults can enjoy. Zootopia’s plucky heroine is a new police officer, who though highly qualified gets put on meter maid duty because of stereotypes and discrimination against rabbits. She must team up with a fox who’s a con artist to catch the mastermind behind a slew of kidnappings. If she can solve this case, she can prove her worth. As you’d expect in this “buddy” film the fox is her polar opposite in terms of ethos and personality.

The film is fast paced and clever, but like many Disney films lacks unique perspective. It feels like it was made by a committee rather than an individual artist. Not a bad film. It’s an entertaining film, but I do wish an American studio could produce some films that are not so packaged, so pat.