The Miracle of St. Nicholas

"Why can't we celebrate Christmas tomorrow in St. Nicholas?" Set in a small Russian village, young Alexi asks his babushka (grandma) why they cannot celebrate Christmas in their village church of St. Nicholas. In the wake of the Bolshevik revolution, the communists vigorously worked to eradicate religion because it threatened the Russian people’s dependence on … Continue reading The Miracle of St. Nicholas

An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving

We are big fans of Louisa May Alcott here at Plumfield and Paideia. The “Plumfield” portion of our name comes from her iconic Jo March books. While Alcott notably wrote many full length novels for children and young readers, she also wrote many endearing short stories. An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving is one of them. Thanks … Continue reading An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving

Alvin Fernald: The Marvelous Inventions of Alvin Fernald

I have an engineering-type kid. My nine year old has loved all things engineering since he could stack blocks. Trying to feed his imagination with books that explore that interest, I asked friends for recommendations. Some wise friends recommended the Homer Price books by Robert McCloskey and we loved them. Homer is sweet, wholesome, and … Continue reading Alvin Fernald: The Marvelous Inventions of Alvin Fernald