A simple page-turner would be a staggering understatement describing this book. The Kingdom of Ice is a beautifully written account of the harrowing UA simple page-turner would be a staggering understatement describing this book. The Kingdom of Ice is a beautifully written account of the harrowing USS Jeanette North Pole expedition. It's hard to believe there are still stories out there that haven't been told or have yet to enter modern consciousness. Sides went out of his way to tell this amazing story, resurrecting it from the past and colorfully relaying it to today's people. This is another reminder that non-fiction, can trump fiction in terms of unbelievable events....more
Bosley Sees the World is the story of a young bear, who wakes up one day in his "tiny cave," and decides to explore the world. He climbs a big tree. HBosley Sees the World is the story of a young bear, who wakes up one day in his "tiny cave," and decides to explore the world. He climbs a big tree. He walks through the forest. He swims through a river, and he climbs a mountain only to look out and realize it's just the beginning. A fun story with vivid illustrations is only half of this book. As the cover states, it's in Italian and English. Both languages accompany one another so the reader can easily refer to the other to learn it. Key words are color coded to help match them.
This dual language book may pose a challenge to some children, as well as adults, especially those who are learning an unknown language for the first time. I could imagine a situation where children might pick up the language quicker than their parents and that might create an interesting learning experience. Yet, with its simple story and phrasing, most parents and children will find it a very effective learning method. ...more
From the moment the ship leaves port I knew I was in for a ride with many twists and turns. In Return of the Crown, the traditional style of storytellFrom the moment the ship leaves port I knew I was in for a ride with many twists and turns. In Return of the Crown, the traditional style of storytelling runs the gamut of fantasy related imagery without feeling out of date, or overwrought with detail. There are lots of interesting creatures that Rayvn befriends as she makes her ascent (or descent) to battle the evil Zelera. The landscape of Ravyn's and Blade's trek involves a labyrinth of obstacles, each with its own unique character and degree of difficulty (such as scaling down a sheer rock cliff face with thugs in pursuit), that evolve into toughest one of all.
Burns deft storytelling and crafty dialogue make this book a treat to look forward to whether you're a speed reader or snail-paced muller like myself. Another thing I found interesting is that this book doesn't employ a lot of gratuitous violence which I found to be unusual for this genre, but in this case, it works.
There is a clear line of good and evil so it won't be stretch for a young reader to understand the dynamics among the characters. Return of the Crown has a likable (and unlikable) cast of main characters: Rayvn is a heroine that has a knack for making friends. Conner is like the witty old uncle you wished you've always had. Zelera is downright scary although I did get a chuckle out of her propensity for losing her cool.
Burns uses words comprised of today's vernacular mixed in with the old. It helped make the dialogue feel more contemporary and easier to read. Another unique element was the many references to, and celebrating the acts, of eating. When you're done reading, you might just say to yourself, "I need to eat, and soon." ...more