My dad recently read this and insistently recommended it to me, acknowledging that it's already out of date. So far, I find it fairly interesting, altMy dad recently read this and insistently recommended it to me, acknowledging that it's already out of date. So far, I find it fairly interesting, although I thought the introduction could have been pruned down without much loss.
Notes so far: 1. I dislike the example of sushi in "modeling down." I know people who introduce their kids to sushi. I think it's great if kids develop good taste in food at a young age and I don't think it compares well to more serious issues of modeling down like allowing children access to information they're not prepared to handle. I know is a fairly harmless example, but I also thought it was stupid and ineffective in getting the point across.
2. Ch 2 -- I liked the suggestions to encourage uniqueness as a positive desirable trait to help kids resist the materialistic "stuff" race that is so seductive. (I think my dad was always SUPER good at that.) I also like the suggestion to discuss financial decisions with kids from time to time -- why or why not to make a purchase. I like the suggestion to engage in social referencing by discussing popular culture with them and their perceptions, thoughts, experiences and how they relate. (I think my mom was really, really good at this.) Also, I like the discussion of how we are aging our children up by allowing them to acquire things and experience rites of passage prematurely.
3. Ch. 2 -- I life the comparison of a child to a landscape and the parents to the landscape architects, working with the strengths and limitations that are present in the environment. I liked the concept of "cognitive restructuring" so that you could acknowledge a child's feelings but reframe a situation to expand the child's perspective (eg. regarding authority figures)
3. Ch. 4 -- discussed here the concept of delayed gratification as a muscle that must be strengthened. Also talked about making the parents' relationship and needs a priority and not just the kids' desires and wants. As a Mormon, I have a special appreciation for his version of family council....more
I saw a recommendation for this book on A Mighty Girl Facebook page, and I enjoyed this author's retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story, so I resI saw a recommendation for this book on A Mighty Girl Facebook page, and I enjoyed this author's retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story, so I reserved this book from the library. It should be known up front that I didn't know until I just looked it up on the Goodreads site that this was a part of a series. It seems to stand alone just fine. I feel like this book has a lot of promise. If someone were to sum up the plot, I would think, "That sounds like a good book. I should read it." The main character is a princess who doesn't quite fit in. She develops into a powerful warrior. She's fairly awesome!
However, I felt like the start was SUPER slow and awkward -- with a mixed up chronology that I found confusing. The slow start was due to clunky world building. That was probably where I first started to get bummed. There were a few other issues, but one was when the other potential love interest gets introduced: I didn't love the way that was handled. And the magic is confusing throughout. Also, a friend of mine once complained that Harry Potter doesn't actually DO anything -- he's just lucky and has really useful, intelligent, gifted friends. I sort of get that feeling at times with Aerin. There are definitely times she steps up, but I feel like there's a lot that just carries her passively through the novel. Anyway, I would have loved to love this, but I just didn't. It was all right. It had potential. There were moments where I was pulled it, but a lot of moments where I wasn't. ...more
I reserved this from the library upon a recommendation. When I read it to my boys this morning, my six-year-old marveled partway through the book, "ShI reserved this from the library upon a recommendation. When I read it to my boys this morning, my six-year-old marveled partway through the book, "She's really clever!" And she is! What a wonderful heroine! And the setting is a delight! I love the Southern bayou (?) flavor. It was fun to read with a bit of an accent. ...more
In the last two weeks, I've had this book recommended to me by two different people, which just goes to show how influential it is. I started it aboutIn the last two weeks, I've had this book recommended to me by two different people, which just goes to show how influential it is. I started it about a week ago. I find with biographies that it can be hard to remember the things of note. Particularly with a biography of Joseph Smith, I think my prior narrative of him might overshadow the details when it comes down to the end of it unless I record observations and new details in the midst of it.
1. I was startled by how very, very poor Joseph's family was. I mean, people always say they were poor -- specifically that he was a "poor farmhand," but I don't think that takes into account that he was hardly even a farmhand. They were honestly just scraping by. (And the story about the swindler over ginger was only partially familiar to me from someone else sharing it. It was nice to read the story through directly.)
2. The author's observation of the supernatural in Joseph's history -- in dreams and gold-digging -- was really interesting. I thought his way of drawing attention to it and analyzing it was fascinating.
3. The background of the seer stones was new to me. His use of them to find things for people until he began to use them for the translation was unknown to me. To be honest, I think I knew next to nothing about the seer stones, except that I had heard of them.
4. I really valued the author's analysis of the Book of Mormon origins. I liked that he discussed other possibilities. Also, however, I thought that section was certainly faith-promoting. Every other explanation of the Book of Mormon besides that it somehow came from the mouth of his uneducated young man seems even more far-fetched than the actual truth (which is saying something).
5. I had no idea that Joseph recorded the first chapter of Moses in the year 1830. I thought it came much later in Kirtland or Nauvoo.
6. I have read the revelations in Doctrine and Covenants, of course, but this book puts them both in context of the church more completely -- and, an even fresher perspective, in the context of American history. I love the comparison of what else was going on at the time.
7. I have never heard (or don't remember) the layout plans for Missouri. The information on the various temples -- a holy city in a whole new sense -- was a surprise to me.
8. I was interested in D&C 88 as "the Olive Leaf" revelation. It is described this way in the introduction to the section, but I never had thought so much about the significance of it. Also, apparently this was described as "The Vision" (if I'm understanding this section correctly) and I suppose that would designate the time when Joseph's original vision was called "The First Vision."
9. Robert Matthias was a new character to me from history. He wasn't familiar to me, so I was surprised at the significance his existence seems to have in the minds of historians to the Joseph Smith story. In the section discussing him, Bushman says, "Matthias's religion was driven by his personality, Joseph's by doctrine, program, and organization" (276) This is interesting to me particularly because there have been some extended periods in Mormon history where Joseph did seem to take on a much larger role. When Bushman says that "Missionaries preached the gospel without mentioning his name; most converts accepted Mormonism without meeting the Prophet" (276), that just seems unfathomable from recent Mormon culture standpoint. But interesting. It gives more credibility to the early saints and the early church that it was based more on doctrine than on the charisma of Joseph Smith....more
So I happened to see a review or two with negative comments before I wrote this one. And, to be honest, I think they have a point. The book does haveSo I happened to see a review or two with negative comments before I wrote this one. And, to be honest, I think they have a point. The book does have a huge build-up to a very fast, simple conclusion. The ending with the romance is a little awkwardly handled, not the perfect end. And yet, and yet, I still really liked it. I enjoyed the characters (even Seth by the end), and I really liked the magical world, and I appreciated the twists throughout the series. It's not perfect, but it is fun and it does have some good messages mixed in too....more
So I just finished this and it was WAY better than the first one. I felt like it pulled you in and kept you engaged throughout and had a great endingSo I just finished this and it was WAY better than the first one. I felt like it pulled you in and kept you engaged throughout and had a great ending to lead into the following books. There were quite a number of twists I didn't anticipate. Also, Seth was less annoying. Kendra was consistently a great character, but Seth improved since the last book. There's even one part where he goes off in his usual reckless style but you know leading up to it that his plan is probably the right one. So it's nice to see him redeeming himself a bit and not purely being stupid without a cause....more
I really planned/wanted to love this book (my son and husband both liked it), but I felt it was a bit slow. The *idea* was brilliant and the storylineI really planned/wanted to love this book (my son and husband both liked it), but I felt it was a bit slow. The *idea* was brilliant and the storyline even seemed perfect for a movie. However, it felt like it should have been shorter as a book. Honestly, Seth was a little much for me, as well. I found his impulsiveness annoying. But still because I liked the idea of the world and the story itself I plugged through. It just never really completely grabbed me; except for briefly, it didn't feel all that gripping. So I liked it okay, but I didn't *love* it....more
I remember reading this back in high school -- maybe my sophomore year. As a related English assignment, we were supposed to write our own vignettes.I remember reading this back in high school -- maybe my sophomore year. As a related English assignment, we were supposed to write our own vignettes. I enjoyed Mango Street and I enjoyed writing my own vignettes about my life. ...more