Category Archives: Children’s books

Wishing Upon a Star – or Wishing for a Best-seller

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?” Normally, I’ll sit down and write my post for the week in one sitting. But this topic required … Continue reading

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I See London,I see France,I see Someone’s Under….drawers

Apparently I came up with the question: “What is in your desk drawers”? What ISN’T in my desk drawers? We have desks all over the house. I bought a little, dainty writing desk when we first got married and that … Continue reading

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Gone, and Some Forgotten

Angie, the Tuesday Hound, asked: “Is there a book from your youth that you would love to have a copy of now?” I must have mentioned these before, since books have been a major part of my life.  My mother … Continue reading

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Reuniting With an Old Friend

Our Tuesday Fox often suggests topics referring to books we’ve either read or want to read. This time, she asked us to name a book from our youth that we’d like to own now. I really struggled with this topic. … Continue reading

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Childhood Characters Whom I Like More NOW

Than I did when I was a kid By Jeff Salter Before I launch into my review of this particular title – The House on the Cliff… volume 2 of the venerable Hardy Boys ORIGINAL series – let me say … Continue reading

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‘Eager’ to Read

“Have you revisited an old favorite book/movie? How did it change for you as you got older?” As I have often mentioned here, we are watching more movies than ever and many are old favorites. Some are one that I … Continue reading

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Revisiting Old Favorites

Books I Still Enjoy Today By Jeff Salter Before I launch into this week’s topic, allow me to puff out my chest briefly — since this is my 500th post on this group blog. Launched in February 2011, Four Foxes … Continue reading

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No Rhyme or Reason

We’ve spoken and spoken here of the writing, (and sometimes, reading), doldrums which is a result of the world situation right now. We not only have a pandemic, which should certainly be bad enough, but the repercussions of it and … Continue reading

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If the Boot Fits…

This week we have been re-imagining fairy tales. Most of the fairy-tale known widely in America are originally German, because of the Grimm Brothers, who traveled throughout their part of Europe collecting, and then publishing, folk stories. There are many … Continue reading

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Slices of Life

Question: Have you ever used real-life experiences in your writing? Answer: Often. I have a very good imagination. I can write about experiences which have never crossed my path. I’ve had them published and I have received awards, but… with … Continue reading

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