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Stories for Clever Children & All Curious and Thoughtful Adults by James M. LeCuyer

James M. LeCuyer’s Stories for Clever Children & All Curious and Thoughtful Adults features ancient and wise talking tortoises, a lonely dinosaur who finds love, and lessons in life for readers of all ages. It is a delightful combination of humor, deep truths, and the wisdom of age. In a well-crafted balancing act of humor and poignancy LeCuyer provides stories that will entertain the child in all of us. — Andrew C. MacRae, Darkhouse Books “Grampa Jim tells the best stories….my favorite is about a monster fish that would eat the whole world! —Tezla, five years old I found the stories to have plots and intriguing to read. “A Castle Built of Magic Sand” is the last story in the collection. Appropriately enough, it is the one I liked best. Jim did an excellent job. — Giovanni, fourteen years old


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HOW TO BEGIN: Poems, Prompts, Tips and Writing Exercises by the Fresh Ink Poetry Collective to improve your poetry practice—or start a group of your own. Edited by Robin Michel

“HOW TO BEGIN is an incisive guide to poetry, blending instruction with inspiration. Drawing upon the Fresh Ink Poetry Collective’s decades of knowledge and experience, the book is a feast of prompts, explication of a wide array of traditional forms, glossary of poetic terms, practical tips on how to start a writing group, and poems as examples—including the anthology of terrific poems written by members of the collective across the years. HOW TO BEGIN is a testament to the belief in poetry as practice, nurtured by dailiness and sustained by being in a community of others engaged in the art.” —Shara McCallum, author of No Ruined Stone and Madwoman


“HOW TO BEGIN will help to bring out the poetry in you and to the world.” —Chun Yu, author of the poetry memoir, Little Green, a Memoir of Growing Up During the Cultural Revolution; and co-founder, “Two Languages / One Community”

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After Rain a Little Girl Straightening Worms by Florence Miller SORRY, THIS BOOK IS TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

Poet Sara Mithra says of Miller’s book that the “autobiographical images gleaned from the Great Depression accrue a mythic thickness under Miller’s spare line. From above — a climbing tree, attic, a rooftop party — we telescope into precious objects like a “briefcase full of shells” or a “whale shape rock.” A naive girl knocking her head on a table grows up, dreaming a timeless raven. One cycles through unpredictable loss and recovery, as in a mist. A wedding ring tossed into the water later resurfaces as a bone ring. The attendant reemergence of mortality from the maw of nature is delineated as gracefully as a birch.”


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