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365 Penguins by Jean Luc Fromental
365 Penguins

Kara Spencer, August 9, 2007

Here's a great book about a family with more penguins than Mr. Popper! What ever do you do when penguins take over your house? How do you store them, feed them, name them, and live? And where do they come from?

365 Penguins is a great story with fun colorful illustrations in an oversized book. Count the penguins, multiply, and divide while you figure out who is mailing a penguin a day to this family.

The story mixes in some ecological awareness along with a twist ending. A hilarious and stylish book for all ages! Not to mention that penguins are very hip.
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The Birth House by Ami McKay
The Birth House

Kara Spencer, November 14, 2006

The Birth House by Ami McKay is a spellbinding novel of a young girl who becomes a traditional midwife in rural Nova Scotia in the early 1900's. Through the story Dora Rare grows in maturity, experience, and commitment to support women with their fertility, pregnancies, and homebirths.

Meanwhile, the community struggles with the loss of their young men to the war. Dora also has a cultural battle on the women's health front, as a new obstetrician moves to the area campaigning to eliminate midwives and deliver all babies with anesthesia and forceps. Her teacher, herself, and the other loyal homebirthing women must defend their right to birth where and with whom they want to.

In addition to homebirth midwifery, women's issues are woven throughout the story illuminating the struggles of that era, including women's suffrage, arranged marriages, the diagnosis of hysteria (for any women who didn't behave in a way considered proper), and the origin of vibrators to treat hysteria. The novel is written as a "literary scrapbook" interspersing the story with journal entries by Dora Rare, and old advertisements and newspaper articles about the war, women's health, and social events.
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