This photography series that focuses on the historical context of the impact of a single photo and this one, focusing on the Earth as the "blue marbleThis photography series that focuses on the historical context of the impact of a single photo and this one, focusing on the Earth as the "blue marble" discussing the space race, space program, astronauts who share the ownership since neither of the three knows who actually took it, and is one of the most requested and recognizable.
The perfect summary of why it is so impactful is shared in the book by Greory Petsko: the entire planet appeared "tiny, vulnerable, and incredibly lonely against the vast blackness of the cosmos. It also seemed whole in a way that no map could illustrate. Regional conflict and petty differences could be dismissed as trivial compared with environmental dangers that threatened all of humanity, traveling together through the void on this fragile-looking marble."...more
The illustrations are dark and mysterious, lending itself to the mysteriousness of the giant squid. However, I wasn't blown away by the writing as mucThe illustrations are dark and mysterious, lending itself to the mysteriousness of the giant squid. However, I wasn't blown away by the writing as much as the illustrations AND the awesome diagram of a giant squid and note about "the mysterious giant squid". Literally we hadn't seen it hunt or eat until 2012 and have yet to see them reproduce, yet we find thousands (5,000 to 7,000) beak from giant squid in the bellies of sperm whales. That gets my juices flowing! I want more of the mysteriousness delivered with awesome factoids like that.
Showcasing the need for healthy and accessible water on all parts of the globe, a model turned advocate and writer writes the stories based on her ownShowcasing the need for healthy and accessible water on all parts of the globe, a model turned advocate and writer writes the stories based on her own childhood experience walking miles each day with her mother to the fountain for water to use in their daily life.
Not only does it demonstrate to a first-world child their ease in getting their own water while others struggle, but the closeness of family and how it wasn't a burden, it was their life, their experience, and their world- nothing better or nothing worse.
It has captivating illustrations and a touch of fun and humor as Gie Gie wishes that the water will come to her in a burst of magic rather than having to walk each day for it. ...more
This wordless picture book showcases in beautifully illustrated pages the effects of a flood on a family and their home from the home they had before,This wordless picture book showcases in beautifully illustrated pages the effects of a flood on a family and their home from the home they had before, the preparations and fear the family had as they went to higher ground, and the eloquent way they picked up the pieces and went back to work to create the beautiful home that they had after the flood.
Family, teamwork, tragedy, and a shared experience. ...more
I had seen some of the reviews, I had heard some of the chatter. JLG sent the book along in a box recently to add to our collection. So I brObsessed.
I had seen some of the reviews, I had heard some of the chatter. JLG sent the book along in a box recently to add to our collection. So I brought it home with me on vacation and ripped through it in an evening because it.was.awesome. Why?
First based on how smartly organized the book was 1) Roots and Leaves, 2) Wood and Knots, and 3) Flowers and Fruit and within that organization were the chapters on scientific observations offset by chapters about Hope, her scientific soulmate Bill, her work, her passion, her job, her life. Second, the awe-inspiring beauty of her words. Truly I'm amazed at the profundity of her words and observations. Third, the curiosity and interest in her and Bill's relationship was endlessly fascinating and she hits the nail on the head at the very end when she outright addresses it (though she references it throughout) and humorously explains that Bill will likely never read the book. And last, science if fucking awesome. I love the underlying message that to be scientific is to be cool/to be scientific is to stretch your mind/to be scientific is to be curious/to be scientific you can study whatever you want that makes you happy.
I literally have about twenty-five Post-its throughout the book that are fascinating portraits of the natural world, her equating her lab to a church, and more. And equally as important, she doesn't shy away from discussing her mental health, finding love later in life, the long, isolating hours and fight for money and fairness as a female in the science world, and showing love. And the beauty of all of these elements are short and sweetly inserted into the everyday existence of Hope Jahren aka Lab Girl. ...more
A bit over dramatic on the romantic elements of the story and a little too descriptive for my tastes, but it's evident that Khoury has a wonderful comA bit over dramatic on the romantic elements of the story and a little too descriptive for my tastes, but it's evident that Khoury has a wonderful command of language. It's an Aladdin retelling and the end of the book that empowers freedom of choice and freedoms in general, but knowing that it's likely a series kills it a little for me as well.
Magical with landscapes and action, betrayal and history is fascinating. ...more
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
What an unlikely hit. I thoroughly enjoyed this positive story with strong characters all dealing with various concerns and issues as they make theirWhat an unlikely hit. I thoroughly enjoyed this positive story with strong characters all dealing with various concerns and issues as they make their way to their senior year, especially since most of Sadie's friends were older. But she finds a group of friends after attending a Hometown Hero luncheon after a horrific tragedy in which Sadie, working at the farm stand, saved a baby from being kidnapped by the baby girl's drunken father who tried to beat Sadie off. Together they decide to combat trolls and haters and start with a boy at their school who built an awesome Mayan website and was trolled. They start by spreading positive messages on his page and their group is born. Feeling good about themselves by making others feel good.
It almost became a I Am the Messenger but was pulled back after Mr. Upton, who nominated her for the award, gave her directions upon his death to find a Raggedy Andy doll that happened to have canary diamonds in it to "spread good", though that was a weak link and really became a humorous, feel-good story about ways to spend time positively with friends though tragic things happen. Alice's best friend is suffering from a heroin addiction. Sadie's love interest and fellow Unlikely is Gordie, who everyone thinks is gay. But Sadie discovers that kindness really is infectious. Spread kindness.
"I spent two months assembling care packages for my friends. It was my way of thanking them for being awesome... The care packages were a big hit. I even made Seth a care package, because he had been a damn good boyfriend while it lasted."
"How about just one visit, hon?" Dad said with his mouth full. "Fine. I'll go to Willie Ng's friggin' therapist." "Shh," Mom hissed, looking over at the Ng's house. Val drove up then, just in time to save me. "Have a good friggin' time," Dad said, smiling.
"It was nice to be in the moment, not checking phones for hospital updates, or stalking Hector, or arguing over what the hell to do with my promise to Mr. Upton. It was nice to just be friends on the beach with a fire and the waves and wine and chips on a perfect summer night."
"We believe in sticking up for people we don't even know. And before you change your Facebook photo to our avatar or buy a Tshirt some asshat sold to make a quick buck, pause and think: What have You done today to stick up for someone? What have you done to stick up for yourself?"...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