A couple years the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian had an exhibit entitled A Song for the Horse Nation. The p...moreDisclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.
A couple years the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian had an exhibit entitled A Song for the Horse Nation. The purpose was to showcase the influence of horses on Native American history and culture. It was a really good exhibit and the reason why I read this book that was offered on Netgalley via a read it now option.
Goble’s story is of a young boy who wants to become a young man. This is done by taking another tribe’s horse, something done at night. The story concerns men, and is simply a telling of age story that involves native culture. The pictures are marvelous.
The story itself is told pretty well, if sometimes with chunks of too much text. It almost is as if the book can’t decide what it wants to be – a child’s level reader or something higher.
That aside, it is an excellent book with the romanticizing being in the introduction. There is a line about horse getting being not the same as stealing. It seems more like a defensive semantic difference than anything else. It is important to note the cultural importance of the act – the honor in the claiming of horses - but the comment feels very out of place and almost defensive. Perhaps this is fear due to the subject matter. It just seemed silly however. Like having a disclaimer before a Robin Hood story.
Still, strange line in the foreword aside, the book is really and beautifully illustrated.
This is a relatively good short biography of Anne Frank. It is designed for children and schools, so it offers a glossary and...moreCrossposted at Booklikes
This is a relatively good short biography of Anne Frank. It is designed for children and schools, so it offers a glossary and fact boxes. While it doesn’t hide the truth, it is not as graphically illustrated as it would be in an adult biography.
Mullin gets full marks for doing much to present a further picture of Edith Frank and Pfeiffer than what Anne presents in the diary. Too often Edith give way to Otto, and Mullin does much to correct this. It is well worth a read by anyone who has read the diary. The focus is on the Franks so no real mention is made about the adaptations of the Diary. Further information is given, however, about Anne’s friends. It, in many ways, answers questions that someone would have after reading the Diary. (less)
This is a story about Gawain the goose who is accused of stealing from the kingdom’s treasury. You would think the bear...moreCrossposted at The Fish Place.
This is a story about Gawain the goose who is accused of stealing from the kingdom’s treasury. You would think the bear king would eat him as punishment, but he doesn’t. It is a rather simple tale, but truly charming. Lovely illustrations, and I like the decorating.(less)
This is the third installment in the Young Underground series. The focus of the series is a pair of twins who live Denmark during German Occupation. I...moreThis is the third installment in the Young Underground series. The focus of the series is a pair of twins who live Denmark during German Occupation. In this book, the pair is caught up in the delivery of illegal newspapers. The series is published by a Christian publishing house, but why God and faith do have a role, it isn’t a hit you over the head with a rolling pin type. If you believed in God and found yourself being chased by Nazi, wouldn’t you pray? Yep. While the book is focused on Peter, his twin sister Elsie is a good girl character in the sense that she is as tough as her brother. She is not a stereotypical tom boy; in fact, I wouldn’t call her a tom boy at all. This was excellent because too often the girls in such series are shown to be “girls who act boys”. Elise acts Elise. She is not a boy. Nice touch that. The action is pretty good, and does a good job of conveying the dangers and risks realistically without being too graphic for the desired age group.
While the story is somewhat simplistic and predictable, there is a good deal of charm in the story as well as humor. The use of two different styles o...moreWhile the story is somewhat simplistic and predictable, there is a good deal of charm in the story as well as humor. The use of two different styles of artwork was a good touch as well.(less)
I didn’t find this quite as funny as the Twelve Dogs of Christmas, though it is amusing enough. The pictures are quite funny and the type of cats chos...moreI didn’t find this quite as funny as the Twelve Dogs of Christmas, though it is amusing enough. The pictures are quite funny and the type of cats chosen are rather interesting. I just can’t see some of the cats doing some of the things mentioned.(less)
Disclaimer: ARC read via Netgalley in exchange for a fair review. The ARC did not have all the illustrations, so I cannot comm...moreCrossposted at Booklikes
Disclaimer: ARC read via Netgalley in exchange for a fair review. The ARC did not have all the illustrations, so I cannot comment on those.
When I was a freshman in high school, the Iliad was one of the books used in English class. I didn’t have a problem reading it because not only had I read Bullfinch and Hamilton, but also the children’s version of Troy. My first reaction was this is it, no wonder everyone else finds it boring. All the good stuff was left out.
In many ways, it is that reaction that this Osprey book about Troy battles, and seems to battle quite well. While the matter of Homer’s epic is covered quite well, the details that appear in the non-Homer work, the needed sacrifice to sail, the fate of the women, Helen’s back-story – all make an appearance here. The good bits are here.
The use of the good bit – the violent and disturbing bits that many people I would imagine, want to be left out – make the book entertaining and show that the story can still compete with the likes of Ironman and Thor, those box office behemoths. By keeping the nasty bits, the story becomes more engaging.
The prose is lively and matter of fact. It is not purple, and, more importantly, it is engaging enough to keep the attention of the reader. While it does focus on the story, told in chronological order, there is a historical reference – a look at the site of Troy as well as Greek culture. Additionally, there are boxes that contain a breakdown of who brought how many ships and which god was on which side. These boxes are nicely designed and make accessing the information quite easy. There is also a section about Hollywood versions of the story. Better yet, there is a bibliography at the end.
It is true that for the reader more familiar with the story (say, long time fan of the story), there isn’t anything really new – though the ease of access for detail might be worth the cost of book alone. The book, however, is ideal for a teen or pre-teen who expresses an interest in the story or who is not responding well to Homer. (less)
Your child has just watched the Disney cartoon of Robin Hood and wants to know more? What do you do? You get this book.
Osprey’s Robin Hood book contains a breakdown of the legend drawing not just on the famous book by Pyle but also on the ballads. The stories follow the well known tracts of Robin Hood. However, like the Troy book in the series, this book is rather deeper than first appears. First, most of the major characters in addition to Robin Hood get a close look. For instance, there is a look at the change in Much the Miller’s Son as well as Little John and Marian. There is also a look at who the Sheriff might have actually been as well as contenders for the Robin Hood figure. The Robin Hood section is most interesting because each contender is dealt with in terms of strengths and weaknesses.
The story is not sugar coated so not only is Robin as Puck here, but Robin as outlaw. It is this outlaw aspect that makes the book the most interesting for there is a look at the changing nature of the story. The section about Hollywood versions of the tale illustrates this quite well and covers up to the BBC recent series as well as the Crowe movie. The variations in the film versions are woven into an analysis of the tale, showcasing the everyman aspect that is a thesis of the critical aspect of this work.
Despite the scholarly side, the book is designed for pre-teen and teens. The writing is not condescending and is engaging. Included is a bibliography for further reading. While the book does not have anything new for the long time student of the tale, it serves as a good jumping off point.
Better than the one about his daughter, which really isn’t saying much when you think about it? Large parts of this appear in the one about Elizabeth...moreBetter than the one about his daughter, which really isn’t saying much when you think about it? Large parts of this appear in the one about Elizabeth I. I don’t think this is plagiarism or underhanded. I just think readers should know before they buy either one. It’s pretty good in a general way, though the focus is totally on the marriages (and the time line is rather loosely done). Derbyshire’s Tudors for Kids is far better (and more engaging for adults and children). The style is suited for a five year, but it’s hard imagining five year old reading this.(less)
Perhaps if I hadn't read The Tudors - For Kids!, I would have a higher respect for this book. But Derbyshire did it right. I was willing to overlook t...morePerhaps if I hadn't read The Tudors - For Kids!, I would have a higher respect for this book. But Derbyshire did it right. I was willing to overlook the over simplification of Henry VIII and Wales, but
1. Marlowe's (to indict Marlowes) 2. Elizabeth I let the Catholics have thier own churches (Um, well, see)
3. Dudley's as Elizabeth's secret boyfriend. (I don't even know. This sentence hurt my brain so much).
Maybe, if you have a five year old this might be good. Maybe. But 2.99 is too much for it. You are better off going for Derbyshire.
I just wish Charles River Editors wasn't so hit and miss. When the product is good, it's good, but when it isn't, is is usually very bad.(less)
A nice little story about a stuffed animal finding a home. The rhymes are quite good. I just wish the story was a little less sterotypical in gender r...moreA nice little story about a stuffed animal finding a home. The rhymes are quite good. I just wish the story was a little less sterotypical in gender roles - why couldn't a girl buy one of the other animals, for instance?
Still, that's my hang up. The author's other books seem to feature girls doing things, at least if the pictures are anything to go by.
Yes, I thought so to when I first saw this book offered free on Amazon. It is loosely based on the story of Troy. The characters names are basically i...moreYes, I thought so to when I first saw this book offered free on Amazon. It is loosely based on the story of Troy. The characters names are basically it. My eye-brows went up. But I tried it anyway.
I'm glad I did.
It's true that this story isn't really Troy, but in some ways Pinera and Kim's Helen is truer to history - She is a really Spartan girl. She knows how to fight (I loved the detail about her hair). She is different from those other Greek princes and princesses, but this leads to her conclusion. The book is more about finding those who value you, for you. And quite frankly this Helen is far more likable than other versions. Honestly, what did those Helens have going for them besides beauty? In this story, she has more than that.
So, not really like the myth, but I actually really liked this.(less)
Great book about the famous ponies. The book is designed for young children, but does not make things overly simple. For instance, stallion behavior i...moreGreat book about the famous ponies. The book is designed for young children, but does not make things overly simple. For instance, stallion behavior is detailed, at an apporiate level, but not glossed over. Adults will love the photos.(less)
An wonderful children's book about the matched race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral. Shehata does a great jump of capturing the drama of the race w...moreAn wonderful children's book about the matched race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral. Shehata does a great jump of capturing the drama of the race without talking down to her readers. She also includes the original race call at the end of the book. Include for young readers is a glossery of terms. It should be noted that the kindle version I read did not have the illustrations.