Joseph is very close to his grandpa. He marvels at his ability to play the piano, to teach him to tie his shoes and to teach him to throw a curve ballJoseph is very close to his grandpa. He marvels at his ability to play the piano, to teach him to tie his shoes and to teach him to throw a curve ball. Joseph's grandfather tells him the story of what marvelous things he could, and can do with his hands.
There was a time, however, when despite all his talents, Joseph's grandfather could not use his hands to kneed the dough when he worked at the Detroit Wonder Bread Factory. Discriminatory policies were in place in the 1950-1960's and black people where not allowed to touch the dough. Only white people could perform this task.
Black people could be janitors, load the trucks and sweep the flour from the floor. Wonder Bread decided that white people would not want to eat bread touched by black hands.
Then, marvelously, hands were joined to write petitions and to carry signs. And, as the voices were raised, and the hands were joined, the Wonder Bread factory had to stop their horrible policies....more
This is a beautiful book about dreams, nature, hope and believing.
Lilly's grandmother tells her stories of listening to the whales and their songs, anThis is a beautiful book about dreams, nature, hope and believing.
Lilly's grandmother tells her stories of listening to the whales and their songs, and that as a child when she gave something to the whales, later they would dance and sing in the water.
Lilly's grumpy great-Uncle Frederick demands that the tales stop and that the only use for a whale is their meat, blubber and bones.
In her dreams, Lilly hears the whales. One day she places a small yellow flower in the water. That night, slipping out of bed, silently going to the pier, she waits and waits, until magically the whales appear, dancing and singing. As she returns home and wonders if it was merely a dream, she swears she hears the whales call her name....more
The drawings are lovely and accompany text regarding a little boy and his mother as they walk to school early in the day.
He is a keen observer and waThe drawings are lovely and accompany text regarding a little boy and his mother as they walk to school early in the day.
He is a keen observer and wants to stop and look at the birds who shake their heads and drink water from a puddle; he likes to watch the older women sitting on a bench and observe their body language; he loves to see the cat who is fat and wears a jeweled collar, and he reads the boxes of cereal stacked in the store window.
He intently watches the street cleaner and the water that skirts in the gutters.
While paying attention to his environment he is consistently told by his mother they will be late and not to dawdle.
This is a lovely book, and I like the simplicity and the young boy and his ability to stop and ponder and watch the small things that fill his surroundings....more
This was very much like a text book which detailed Russian history for the earliest beginnings through the murder of the Imperial family during the RuThis was very much like a text book which detailed Russian history for the earliest beginnings through the murder of the Imperial family during the Russian Revolution pf 1917.
I remember that in college I was fascinated with Russian history. Now, I find it ever so bloody, so violent and oppressive.
The common thread running through is that the leaders were not prepared to rule, they either inherited or took violent control of the throne. ...more
This is a lovely coffee table book, large in size with stunningly beautiful paintings, some of which I never saw before. The first 23 pages are filledThis is a lovely coffee table book, large in size with stunningly beautiful paintings, some of which I never saw before. The first 23 pages are filled with well-written descriptions of Van Gogh's troubled life. There are two patterns that emerge. One is that he was indeed a very troubled soul. Wherever he was, trouble followed.
Unable to relate to society or to people, his volatility irrupted throughout his life. Though little exists of his childhood, a few reports state he was troublesome and disagreeable.
There are varying ideas of why he was so out of touch with a "normal" reality. Some believe that syphilis overtook his brain, others note that there was a strong history of mental illness and suicide in his family.
Another pattern that emerges is one that I also read in a wonderful book titled Johanna by Claire Cooperstein which praised Vincent's sister in law, married to his brother Theo, for the fact that we have Van Gogh's art work today. She tirelessly saved and placed his paintings into the right hands to be shown to the world.
In both this current book and that one, there is strong evidence that points to the fact that Vincent was indeed a very jealous, selfish man who simply could not stand that his brother had a wife, a child, and happiness that was so elusive to Vincent.
There is a strong link between events in Theo's life that were life changing and greatly disturbed Vincent which may have led to his mental breakdowns and institutionalization.
No matter the illness, his art work is beloved by many and is priceless. ...more