We all know about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but what about the other end? Author, D.B. Pacini takes the reader on a colorful, informa...moreWe all know about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but what about the other end? Author, D.B. Pacini takes the reader on a colorful, information filled journey there - to that “Loose” end of the rainbow.
In a world where the children are suddenly, inexplicably left alone without adult support the reader joins a slowly expanding group of them on a mystical, mythic journey to uncover the cause of their loss and return to the very core of their beginnings.
Throughout, Ms. Pacini introduces lessons and rituals of the elders - long lost in the modern world but only a heart beat away in our spiritual memory. With this she seeks to introduce passion for learning - about this continent’s indigenous cultures as well as others - and seamlessly shares the differences as well as the much more common consistencies between them, and all in all she succeeds quite well.
In an unusual twist for a novel, the book includes extensive footnotes covering everything from word meanings to historical perspectives and, in this alone, is highly recommended as a teaching tool. In the greater sense, though, “The Loose End of the Rainbow” is an invaluable medium for sharing the holistic vision needed for this, the Earth’s first generation to have all the world’s information available to them but none of the tools to put it in order – to fulfill the promise these “riches” offer.
Should be a “must own” for schools and libraries. (less)
With “The Sun Singer,” the author Malcolm Campbell exquisitely draws us into a hero’s journey unlike any before.
When 15-year-old Robert Adams and his family leave on a long-awaited wilderness vacation, it is under the cloud of the death of his beloved Grandfather, Tom Elliott. The vacation had been planned, among other things, so Tom could introduce to Robert the “magical” world of the high mountains he has written about in his books. What Robert doesn’t realize is that the places and events described to him by his Grandfather are actually magical - in a parallel universe. And Robert is soon transported there and enjoined by perils against which he must quickly learn to protect himself and a whole alien culture … all in the need to complete a task left unfinished by his Grandfather.
Within the arcana of fantastic hero’s journeys the authors seem so often to be drawn into the realms of Arthurian Legend and Nordic Forest symbolism and, although some of this does find its way into Mr. Campbell’s story, he introduces a significantly more naturalistic/shamanic universe for his hero to travel, while also managing to imbue his story with a subtle but comprehensive educational introduction to the flora and fauna of the Western forest.
There is magic to be found here, and the gathering of superhuman powers; there is much danger, and spirits malevolent and benign; but they seem to feel closer – more immediately accessible to us mortal beings. Mr. Campbell, while avoiding the wholesale bloodletting of the books that precede The Sun Singer, weaves a spectacularly intricate and heart-pounding spell that pulls the reader, racing alongside his hero to the end – and leaves us breathlessly wanting more.
One hopes that we are allowed to join Robert Adams in his further adventures. (less)
It seems, in the creation of "It's a Teacher's Life," Helena Harper has developed a new form - what can only be called the anecdotal poem. No one in a...moreIt seems, in the creation of "It's a Teacher's Life," Helena Harper has developed a new form - what can only be called the anecdotal poem. No one in academia would ever consider the warding over teen aged girls a walk in the park, but in these Vignettes in Verse Ms. Harper has imbued the process with a sense of stalwart humour and a marvelously controlled clarity of vision over the process...
A must read for anyone in the teaching profession and absolutely ANYONE "blessed" with young girls in the family.(less)