Chicago’s Historic Streets

Chicago in 4D and I are starting a series of posts highlighting Chicago's historic and interesting streets. My previous posts about streets include: Technology that Changed Chicago: Artesian Wells (Artesian Avenue) A Tale of Two Mayors: Thomas Hoyne and Harvey Doolittle Colvin (Hoyne) What happened to Tyler Street?  (and other streets named after presidents) Technology that…
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The Power of Friends

Friends see you through everything, the crushes, the family problems, the school drama, but finding one to trust doesn't just happen. It takes time. In The Scar Boys, Harry Jones is disfigured from a childhood accident, so making friends is often a challenge for him. But what eventually helps him out is music and starting a band. Each chapter…
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Discuss Part 4: The Golden Age

What are your thoughts on The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay so far? Part 4 is the longest part to date, and features several important events, particularly in the relationship between Sam and Tracy Bacon. What are your feelings about Part 4? How did you feel about Sam’s decision to not go to California? What…
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Cinderella for All!

Everyone may know the French version of Cinderella, featuring the fairy godmother and glass slipper, the best, but more often these tales emphasize a different aspect of the story. Some focus on Cinderella's kindness to animals and to her stepsisters, others on Cinderella's incredible ability to survive. Some are perfect for the youngest readers and…
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The Joy of Music Instruction

The school year started off with a bang in my house—or should I say a high-pitched SQUEAK! It seems that many schools think the fourth grade is an excellent year to teach kids to play an instrument. Not only did my son get introduced to band instruments during the first few weeks of school, but only two…
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Crimes in Israel

Liad Shoham's latest book has been translated into English, for which the lovers of noir may be grateful. Asylum City could also be considered a mystery and a delightful one. A passionate volunteer for African refugees in Israel is murdered, and the pressure is on young Inspector Anat Nachmias to wrap it up quickly. Problem is…
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Crafty Kids Found Here!

The weather is getting warmer, the kids are getting restless, and you still can't spend the whole day outside! Try these fun indoor activities to keep the family busy, get creative and messy, and fend off the winter blues. The Big Book of Things to Make has 100 projects to choose from. Divided into three categories (Make…
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Happy Birthday, Pluto!

Pluto the big, goofy dog, of Disney fame, is how old? You guessed right if you said 85 years old. Walt Disney Productions created Pluto the Pup as Mickey Mouse’s pet dog in 1930. If you have a pet at home, you know that animals communicate most often through their expressions, just like Pluto! ”Pluto's Dinosaur…
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