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A montage of photos on opening and closing end papers introduce the idiosyncratic creation that is difficult to understand without actually being on site. Outsider …  Read more

“The Book of the Maidservant” by Rebecca Barnhouse

Barnhouse, Rebecca. The Book of the Maidservant  Random House, New York, 2009. Loosely based on The Book of Margery Kemp, the first autobiography in English, …  Read more

This wide ranging survey looks at the work of three dozen important western artists. It begins in the thirteenth century with Giotto and stretches to …  Read more

Buzzeo, Toni. Lighthouse Christmas Dial Books, New York, 2011 A delightful, historical fiction picture book set during the holiday season, Lighthouse Christmas captures a sister …  Read more

Carter, Noni. Good Fortune Simon and Schuster, New York, 2010. An exceptional work of historical fiction by a new, young author, Good Fortune is the …  Read more

Fleming, Candace. Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Schwartz and Wade Books (Random House Books), 2011 Fleming leads readers on a surprising …  Read more

Set in Victorian London, The Poisoned House is a suspenseful mystery, wherein the villain is quite obvious, yet in the end, is not who the reader suspects …  Read more

“Rapunzel” by Sarah Gibb

.Gibb, Sarah. Rapunzel. Albert Whitman & Company, 2011     Sarah Gibb presents an elegant vision of a pleasantly traditional retelling based on the Brothers …  Read more

Don’t be fooled by the cover and the title of Victoria Griffith’s book, “The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont”.  This is not your ordinary biography! …  Read more

Given many children’s intense interest in dinosaurs, this is bound to be a success.  The quasi-cartoon style illustrations are spread across double page openings which are full of engaging visual details …  Read more

A pair of books from a publisher I didn’t know about, indicates a very impressive commitment to doing high quality children’s books … Read more

“Time to Sleep” by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

The illustrations and text complement each other very nicely in this non-fiction book about night creatures. A large portion of this book is dedicated to …  Read more

It is always a pleasure to discover the works of a publisher previously unfamiliar to me. In this case, we have a pair of books …  Read more

Laroche leads his readers through a world tour of homes describing what it would be like “If you lived here.” The fifteen indigenous houses featured …  Read more 

E-Gads!   You’ll be very busy reading Tom Lichtenheld’s book, “E-Mergency!”   This treasure is a real winner for both emergent and upper elementary readers …  Read more  

Lowry, Lois. Like the Willow Tree, Portland, Maine, 1918: The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce Scholastic Books, New York, 2011. A poignant slice of history, …  Read more  

This inspiring story tells about the childhood aspirations and interests of famed primatologist, Dr. Jane Goodall … Read more  

Among the myriad versions of the Goldilocks tale, this certainly deserves a second consideration. The brilliant, solid color, red end papers lead in to the …  Read more  

“Polar Bears” by Mike Newman

This book for all ages is special in the way that it can be read two different ways. The first way that this book can be read, is by only reading the large text on each page … Read More

Park, Linda Sue. The Third Gift. Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. Clarion, 2012. The Newbery Medalist has created a deceptively simple story, seemingly only about the …  Read more  

The Belgium author and Illustrator, writing originally in French, is happily presented here in English so that American children can enjoy the not so gentle fable about the foolishness of conceit …  Read more  

“Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps” by Jeanette Winter

This book is appropriate for children in elementary school.  It would fit well in a lesson about chimpanzees or the importance of studying animals in the wild.  Read more 


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    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

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    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

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    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 11 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …