I picked this up for two reasons. The first is that I have been to the Danish Resistance Museum (if you are ever in Denmark, go). The second is that t...moreI picked this up for two reasons. The first is that I have been to the Danish Resistance Museum (if you are ever in Denmark, go). The second is that the best movie I saw last year was Flame and Citron, which was about the Danish Resistance. I loved the movie so much that I saw it on Comcast pay perview before it was in Philadelphia, then when it came to Philly, I saw it again. I'm such a nut; I preordered it. It's a great movie. Go see it now!
See? I told you the movie was good. Don't you just like Mads?
Intended for younger readers, so some information is too simplified or too repeatitive for adult readers.
Levine overall does a good job. She combines third person narrative history with first person narrative history (based on interviews) which makes for a compelling story. The main focus is on the rescue of the Danish Jewish population, yet their is plenty about about the Resistance in general. Levine even examines what happened to some people who were taken to the camps, so she presents a complete picture. She also includes some funny stories, including one about a Nazi officer who was directly traffic in Copenhagen. He stood in a little hut like thing, underneath a sign that said "This German is not wearing trousers". (less)
Most horse crazy people read Marguerite Henry at one point in thier lives. What constantly surprises me is how easy Henry is for an adult to read.
Like...moreMost horse crazy people read Marguerite Henry at one point in thier lives. What constantly surprises me is how easy Henry is for an adult to read.
Like most horse crazy girls, I read Henry for years, but the one book I couldn't get my hands on was this one. When I got Breyer's new San Domingo model horse it came with this book (I love a company that encourages reading), so I finally read it.
This book is somewhat dated, and the PC police would no doubt be upset about the somewhat childlike way Henry protrays Native Americans. Henry has her Native Americans speak broken English. It should be noted, however, Native Americans are not the villians in the story. In fact, the true villian is a white man.
In a moving story about a boy and his horse, Henry includes a great deal about a boy coming to terms with his father, an emotionally scarred man. Henry keeps the focus on Peter, showcasing his growth into adulthood. There are wonderful touches of humor. Henry is a rare author in that she can deal with adult subject matter in a way that appeals to both children and adults.(less)
This book is geared towards children and young adults. It does not, however, talk down to them and can be easily read by adults.
Appelt and Schmitzer s...moreThis book is geared towards children and young adults. It does not, however, talk down to them and can be easily read by adults.
Appelt and Schmitzer shed light on a little known part of the New Deal. In Kentucky, women were hired to transport books by horseback to out of the way places. It's a very interesting book and looks at what the work entitled as well as the influence it had in the future.
If you are are interested in libraries or horses, this is a good book.(less)
Angela Carteronce wrote an essay comparing Paddington and Winnie the Pooh. Her conclusion was that Pooh was a more English bear and that Paddington wa...moreAngela Carteronce wrote an essay comparing Paddington and Winnie the Pooh. Her conclusion was that Pooh was a more English bear and that Paddington was a foreigner. Rather strange considering some of the other essays in the collection. Anyway, despite the whiff of jingoism, Carter did have a point. There is something about Pooh that sticks more in the mind than his cousin, okay Carter okay, his distant cousin, Paddington.
Despite being named after a famous train station, Paddington is a forgeign bear. To a degree, he lacks the charm and homely aspect of Pooh. I can remember Pooh much better than I can remember Paddington. I, however, also remember loving Paddington when I was younger and only liking Pooh. I had a Paddington stuffed bear, complete with tag. Who am I kidding with had? I still have it. Still with his coat and boots, and ticket. I know extactly where he is. I never had a stuffed Pooh bear. (Though I did have a Chewie and an Ewok).
I think the reason why Paddington touches children is that he has this sense of wonder. Maybe he is a comment on the immigrant experience; I don't know. But there is a sense of good natured discovery that I connect to Paddington, something actively childlike about him. While Pooh was a good natured child, he also relied on Christopher Robin. Pooh, to a degree, lacked the curiousity that children have. Paddington, in many ways, is his own bear, though Pooh, most likely, is more bear like. Maybe this curiosity is why, despite Carter's correct observations, that Paddington has stood the test of time.(less)
Pippi Longstockingget all the attention, but this book is better. While Pippi is wonderful, Ronia is real, and any girl can easily see herself as her....morePippi Longstockingget all the attention, but this book is better. While Pippi is wonderful, Ronia is real, and any girl can easily see herself as her. It is a wonderful story with a little more emotion than Pippi.(less)