As always, I'm up for a good Sedgwick but sometimes there too odd for me to get into and this was one of them. Though, the concept of the story and evAs always, I'm up for a good Sedgwick but sometimes there too odd for me to get into and this was one of them. Though, the concept of the story and even the message at times was beautifully organized, it just took too long for anything to really happen and I didn't have the patience for the slow unraveling. ...more
I'm bummed that the digital version I downloaded expired before I could pull the quotes and bookmarks that I saved, but alas, I know we will be gettinI'm bummed that the digital version I downloaded expired before I could pull the quotes and bookmarks that I saved, but alas, I know we will be getting several copies for our professional section in the library and I'll go back to re-read/skim. It's an important addition to our professional collection and references other professional texts that we also have. I like that it's contemporary and posits the reality pedagogy where he details specific actionable items but also details them in a way that explains to "every person" rather than veteran educators. A first year teacher, a teacher-in-training, and a twenty year veteran would get just as much out of it and he also focuses on all people of color showcasing what any educator teaching with a population of students that don't look like them can do. ...more
Always accessible and filled with fascinating information about the subject, this focuses on the history of finding the first fossils, then takes it wAlways accessible and filled with fascinating information about the subject, this focuses on the history of finding the first fossils, then takes it way back to what the different periods that dinosaurs existed was like, sharing cool facts about the egg tooth that birds (and their dinosaur predecessors) have to crack their egg to be born and subsequently lose to how fossils are created, the kinds of dinosaurs that existed, and ultimately what killed them and brought on the age of mammals....more
It's a quiet sort of family drama that didn't pack any significant punch (like I thought it would), but rather just a portrait of a family where two bIt's a quiet sort of family drama that didn't pack any significant punch (like I thought it would), but rather just a portrait of a family where two boys are living with their closed-off grandmother and their disabled aunt while their father finds work elsewhere to keep his family going after the death of his wife/their mother. But it's Eddie's fearful approach to ask his mother, it's the boys' fear in staying with the grandmother storekeeper, it's Bella's fear in telling her mother anything. It's Louie, the henchman uncle who visits for a while and Gertie, the aunt, who can't catch her breath. And their time together before Eddie returns and... things go back to "normal" which is really nothing happening at all (but everything that is life).
"But this is Yonkers, Momma. I'm not angry at you for turning me and the boys down. I'm angry at myself for no knowing better... Take care of yourself, Momma..."
"You lay in bed, you get fever. You get up and walk, da fever looks for somebody else."...more
I couldn't get into the story whether because it didn't feel historical enough (I know, right?) set against 1977 and the summer of the Son of Sam andI couldn't get into the story whether because it didn't feel historical enough (I know, right?) set against 1977 and the summer of the Son of Sam and the fear that everyone felt walking around the city to not be contemporary and engaging either.
So many people have spoken so highly that I was expecting fireworks in the language or the characters and I didn't really feel either because the narration got in the way and was distracting with too many unimportant details. ...more
There was only one thing that annoyed me reading the book and that were the excerpts that were usually 2-4 pages long and interrupted the chapter textThere was only one thing that annoyed me reading the book and that were the excerpts that were usually 2-4 pages long and interrupted the chapter text. And if they went on for more than two whole pages, I lost track of where I was in the narrative, so either the additional information needed to be smaller and align at the top or bottom or be added at the end of a chapter because it was distracting otherwise. I had to choose between stopping to read the addition and lose my place or flipping the pages until I finished the chapter to be able to go back and read the addition.
Otherwise, what an awesome story to be able to share why pirates have gotten a bad reputation and are so often misunderstood. But it's also about the quest to discover the remains deep in the ocean of the Whydah itself and the men who toiled to discover even pieces. It's about the process for excavation. It's about the quest to know about a time that we don't know much about, but we do know pirates generally liked to dress well, were kind to one another unless someone violated their or didn't give up easily enough, and liked their gold right where they could see it-- not buried and identified on a map.
Pages 20-22: The Articles of Agreement for a pirate
"Sam Bellamy's onetime shipmate and arguable the fiercest pirate captain of them all once interrupted a friendly game of cards to shoot his first mate for no apparent reason. Asked why, Blackbeard replied that if he didn't shoot one or two of his crewmen now and then, they'd forget who he was."
"Historical documents indicate that pirate ships were the only vessels on which men of color were treated as equal members of the crew, and although records vary, it is safe to say that as many as fifty black crewmen served aboard the Whydah."
Page 47 about the orchestra that during battle played loud aggressive music to intimidate the enemy.
Temporary masts were fashioned when lost in a storm. They were called jury masts, and their use gave rise to the term jury-rigged, an expression used to indicate something built in a makeshift way....more
Way too bloated for my tastes and preys on the Hamilton-mania sweeping the nation (as she alludes to in her acknowledgements without so much as any reWay too bloated for my tastes and preys on the Hamilton-mania sweeping the nation (as she alludes to in her acknowledgements without so much as any real explanations about truth, fact, fiction, embellishment, or focus that makes me dislike that it's a romance bearing the names of two famous individuals, without any real need to talk about the REALITY of the romance.
I would like a nonfiction accounting of this romance rather than a whimsical fictional one. ...more
**spoiler alert** Knowing the catalyst for creating the graphic novel, Eisner's life, and the work of graphic novels from the 1930s to present sets up**spoiler alert** Knowing the catalyst for creating the graphic novel, Eisner's life, and the work of graphic novels from the 1930s to present sets up the four stories nicely related to tenement living and the lives of immigrants and native born Americans who struggled, scrimped, saved, cheated, worked hard, and everything in between. The graphic novel is broken up into four stories:
Frimme Hersh The Street Singer The Super Cookalein
Each with its own message and portrayal. Hersh made something of himself on the backs of others after losing an adopted daughter at a young age and feeling like God broke his contract with him. The street singer lost his way after being "discovered" by a famous singer only to go back to his home where he drank the money away and abused his wife and couldn't remember how to get back to the singer. The super commits suicide after a tense situation in which a small girl attempts to make money by showing herself to him only to steal his money and poison his dog. But he is reviled as a super and ultimately chooses to take his own life rather than be confronted by the police. And last, a summer spent out in the "country" away from the city leads to love or heartbreak, togetherness and separateness based on the will of the individual.
The style with it's pen-like sketch and larger font reads almost like a picture book than graphic novel with captivating images and a beautiful and harrowing rainbow of human emotion.
"In those years, this was said to him often for he performed many, many good deeds." ...more
A comprehensive book on chocolate that not only details the cocoa plant and how cocoa is harvested but how it was discovered by what civilizations, hoA comprehensive book on chocolate that not only details the cocoa plant and how cocoa is harvested but how it was discovered by what civilizations, how it was used and in what ways was it important to their society, through the big companies that then began to manufacture it, the kinds of chocolate that exist and why, the rivalries and philanthropists that profited and helped through it, and how it's a part of our chemistry, DNA, and holidays.
Enjoyed it immensely if only to justify why chocolate is the best!
"Americans eat an average of ten pounds per person per year, while Europeans eat as much as twenty-five pounds."...more
How I wish this was a shorter, more focused narrative nonfiction story and I know I can put it into a lot more kids' hands, but alas, it's too bloatedHow I wish this was a shorter, more focused narrative nonfiction story and I know I can put it into a lot more kids' hands, but alas, it's too bloated. It's not necessarily a negative, but it does create disinterest after a while, as it did with me as an adult reader. Relevant to the title, the book details the specific stories of many of the girls on this basketball team that were given scholarships to attend school and play basketball in a time where there weren't many options other than living on a farm and with the Depression upon them, limited resources.
Basketball was just being developed as a "female" sport. So there is quite a bit about the history of basketball both for men and women and how the game developed and was played. Again, slightly interesting to me, but not something I engaged in line by line.
And the third focus was the man, Mr. Babb, who was integral in getting these girls the scholarships to play and fighting back against the pressure that basketball was too strenuous of a sport for women. Instead he encouraged sportsmanship and was a man who always persevered-- especially with a dark upbringing in which his preacher father was responsible for him losing his leg when Sam stepped in to protect his two younger brothers from a beating. In a fit of rage, the father ended up ripping into Sam's leg with an animal harness when he was angered that Sam stepped in. Several days later, Sam's leg developed gangrene and it was amputated. Nonetheless, Sam never listened to a no, even when the Oklahoma college he wanted to enroll in (that his father and older brother went to to learn to preach) denied him entry because he was "not a whole man" due to the loss of his leg. Sam had a spirit that made him fight, in the author's descriptions (a relative of Babb's) he never wanted crutches or a cane, when he lost his leg, he got a prosthetic and fumbled to learn rather than depend on anything else.
The book is a culmination of a story of unique circumstances about a group of girls and one man and basketball. It's a story (as is being advertised like Unbroken, Boys in the Boat, A League of Their Own) but it's not as engaging as a reader would hope. There's almost too much there. ...more
It's so disappointing to know what America's track record was and still is with Native Americans and while Sheinkin explains in the first few chaptersIt's so disappointing to know what America's track record was and still is with Native Americans and while Sheinkin explains in the first few chapters that this is not a book about the treatment of Native Americans, it is an integral element of understanding the Carlisle Indian School and their football team. This includes references in newspapers whether they were winning and losing, how they were always a traveling team without the resources to have a real home field though they built their own field for practices, and even the treatment from within the school that they had no choice in attending, but was forced to as a re-education.
I actually liked the story of the entire Carlisle Indian School and it's many people rather than the football story. I found myself in the later chapters after Jim Thorpe became a member of its team being less interested in the new plays being created and the new rules being enforced, but instead interested in the school's own treatment of the team and the other school children who attended, the politics of the time period, the financial commitment, the coaching and sportsmanship, and all of those other elements that Sheinkin is always good for in his well-research narrative nonfiction publications. This one didn't fail, though not as enthralling as his first few, because his focus is about telling the stories that don't get told as much. The inclusion of picture of Native American children when they arrived at the school and days later when their hair was cut and they were put into "more appropriate" clothing is as depressing as it gets as an American. But Sheinkin really tells about the time period including Thorpe's trip to the Olympics and how that worked out, about how many died in that time, how football got its roots, and many other elements to build the story. ...more
An epic life with history behind you and history before you, Turner does an awe-inspiring job of detailing the "epic life of Minamoto Yoshitune" and hAn epic life with history behind you and history before you, Turner does an awe-inspiring job of detailing the "epic life of Minamoto Yoshitune" and how samurais became what we know of them today. It is about honor, battle, war and it features severed heads and treachery against your half siblings. No one was really safe including new babies, especially if they were boys and especially if they were the children of hated/feared/loved samurai like Yoshitune.
Each chapter has a black and white illustration and it moves chronologically through his life detailing the battles that were fought throughout his life but also adds in details that aren't written about as often in YA literature. I learned about the horses. I learned about their armor and how it was put together and put on. I learned about what the training is like for a samurai but also a monk. And it was just so darn easy to read. Turner demonstrates her command over the topic through research and editing.
"mono no aware: the poignant awareness of beauty that cannot last."...more
While it started off strong, it was clear that the book was memoir and centered around the few remaining letters he and this woman wrote to each otherWhile it started off strong, it was clear that the book was memoir and centered around the few remaining letters he and this woman wrote to each other after his time with her while in the Navy as a fresh-faced young'in. But there are too many licenses taken and I was frankly like a hot air balloon that lost all of its power when it was noted that he changed her name, that many of the instances are pieced together, and re-imagined trying to keep her voice as authentic as possible. Maybe I wasn't as interested in this kind of friendship/romance that it seemed then completely contrived than believable or that it was trying to hard.
So while I can appreciate the experiences of Brinkley-Rogers, I was disappointed in what was largely fictional skewing more memoir than biography. ...more