Thursday, May 31, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell is a book about little things that end up making a big difference. You know the old saying, the straw that broke the camels back, this book talks about the turning points that make the big events happen. Why or how did something become such a big deal? How did an event became a plague? Why did that one thing (vote) tip the scales? This author also wrote Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. The information in this one just boggles my mind. There is an explanation of how the body and brain work in high stress situations that is just fascinating. There is even a bit about a man who spent his whole life studying facial expressions and what they might mean. Did you know that you can cause a "feeling" of a certain emotion simply by making the "face" that corresponds with it? My brother told me about Tipping Point, and I found Blink on my own. We disagree on which one is better. I say, check them both out and you can decide for yourself.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Henry Winkler, author of the Hank Zipzer series, will be in the Chicago area tomorrow. You can meet him Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Street in Naperville. For only $10 you'll get to hear a reading, ask questions, and get your book autographed (the $10 price includes a book too). This program is sponsored by Anderson's Bookshops--visit their site to get all the details.
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Saturday, May 12, 2007
Cookies , Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a charming book for children about behavior. I can't say that it's just about proper behavior. It's about how to behave with others in a caring, cooperative way. But even that does not really capture the true essence of this book. If I have to sum it all up, this is a sweet look at the words we use to describe what certain behavior is and how it affects other. There is a lot of heart in this little book. It is a perfect book to read aloud to a child on your lap. The illustrations by Jane Dyer, are the reason that I picked up this book in the first place. The reason I love this book is that it is the perfect blend of wonderful pictures and an excellent story, with little bites of the lessons along the way. I am going to add this one to my personal collection of story books. It is a true keeper.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
It was to the Sea of Hoolemere they flew. In the middle of that sea was an island, and on that island there was a tree called the Great Ga'Hoole Tree. In this tree lived an order of owls, and this is where their story begins. This fictional fantasy series was written by Kathryn Lasky and it is full of interesting owl facts that I really enjoyed. As Soren, Gylfie, Twilight and Digger face challenges they never imagined, They will soon become true Ga'Hoolian owls. . . honest, brave, wise and true! I really enjoyed this series of books and I am looking forward to the latest edition that will be coming out July, 2007, The River of Wind. Come in and check this series out for a good summer read!
Monday, May 07, 2007
Most of us have never been to Africa but after reading Listening for Lions, I can better imagine the beauty of the country as well as the dangers that lurk around every corner. Young Rachel Sheridan is born and raised in Africa by her missionary parents and knows no other life. Then one day everything changes. Her parents die when influenza strikes her village and Rachel becomes entangled in a criminal scheme that takes her all the way to England, away from her beloved Africa. Does she end up in an orphanage? Why does she hide her true identity? Will she ever return to Africa? Read Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan to learn the answers and you'll also find a truly enjoyable story about a strong, determined and loyal 13 year old girl named Rachel.