What's wrong with my garden is that it's mine. But that book lets me pretend that it's fixable, anyways. I don't think I am going to do anything diffe...moreWhat's wrong with my garden is that it's mine. But that book lets me pretend that it's fixable, anyways. I don't think I am going to do anything differently, really, so it's more like a fantasy escapist read, but it's still very reassuring.(less)
I was happy to read this book. From the first page to the last page, even if there were happening horrible, scary things, even if occasionally I slowe...moreI was happy to read this book. From the first page to the last page, even if there were happening horrible, scary things, even if occasionally I slowed down, something had kept me happy, something had made me run to the library to grab and devour the next book (just as happily), and now that something is making me jump in my chair waiting for the autumn release of the third book in the Inheritance trilogy. (The stories are self-contained, all right, they have different heroes and heroines, but they are all a part of the larger story). What was that something, then? The first heroine – Yeine, the short, dark-skinned warrior princess, the impossible odds she is playing, the emo gods she is dealing with (beside the humans with different degrees of meanness, ambitions and conceit. The wonderful world-building – the creation myth that feels both fresh and familiar, true. The language, not too fanciful and poetic, but rich and delicious just enough for my taste, the kind of language that does not obstruct the story, but makes it deeper. (less)
I like short stories, but I have trouble to read any collection of it whole. No matter whether it is a themed anthology, or “best of”, or one-author c...moreI like short stories, but I have trouble to read any collection of it whole. No matter whether it is a themed anthology, or “best of”, or one-author collection, I start out excited and run through several stories, and then I my enthusiasm fizzles out and I have to make myself read on, and them there are always some stories that are left unread – not necessarily at the end of a book, since I rarely read them in order. There are exceptions, of course. But all my latest science-fiction and fantasy short stories reading followed the same pattern. And I've decided to make piece with it. Yes, I won't read the whole collection, so what? I'll still read several whole short stories and get my fun. The last attempt is the collection of best short stories by Peter S. Beagle Mirror Kingdoms. I have never actually read anything by Beagle before, so I came with no expectations except that it was supposed to be awesome. And it was – some of what I read, anyway. I started with My Uncle Chaime, My Aunt Rifke and the Blue Angel. And... You have to read this, it's amazing, and possibly beyond amazing. It's a very stark, very simple story and it touches something - our sense of wonder, our hunger for mystery and some deep-seated sadness. It is my favourite type of stories – when in our regular world something wondrous happens. There are other stories in the collection of that type, but none had a similar effect on me. It happens in New York of author's childhood, and the details are so vivid that I can feel everything the boy narrator sees and feels – Beagle's stand-in, his uncle Chaim, the artist, uncle's friend, aunt Rifke, the rabbi, and the city they live. It's an amazing story.
After that – I was not reading in order, but by accident, I had a totally unexpected treat. You see, my parents had a book, a part of science fiction collection, that I loved to read when I was about 10 or 12. It was an anthology of magical short stories by foreign writers (foreign to USSR ) It was mostly translations from English, but I think there was a Japanese story and something else non-English. The thing is, it all being in Russian and me not caring about names as much as about stories I hardly remember whose stories I read and loved. But I remember the stories themselves. (I probably could research it on the Internet, but it was never urgent, just a delicious memory.) Back to the book: I open one page, and I see a story from that book, from my childhood! Very much the same, translation notwithstanding. Come Lady Death.
Then there were other stories – some I liked a lot, some I was kind of meh about. All worthwhile read. And I read El Regalo – which I liked, and realized that I am done with this book. I am leaving it in a very good place and hope to come to it again some day in the future. There are still unread stories there. I might even love them, but not now.(less)
I loved this book. May be because it was the first book I read on topic, or maybe it hit all the right spots with me. It gave me a piece of mind about...moreI loved this book. May be because it was the first book I read on topic, or maybe it hit all the right spots with me. It gave me a piece of mind about my choices and the confidence that I am doing everything the right way.
One thing I loved the most is that there is no one right for everyone type of bilingualism and if you don't achieve it, you fail. There are many roads, many possible goals, and many good outcomes.
Case studies presented in the book allow to have a detailed look into several strategies different families chose - and their results, as the authors revisit and interview grown children.
It's not very detailed or comprehensive book, but I found it very useful in building my own strategy for my son.(less)
We found these books about Polo at the local library and fell in love with them - my 3-year old son and I. This is the ultimate picture book - no word...moreWe found these books about Polo at the local library and fell in love with them - my 3-year old son and I. This is the ultimate picture book - no words (almost), just pictures telling a hilarious whimsical story about adventures of Polo who goes in search of his missing book and finds lots of friends on the way. The story seems like a dream - Polo climbs a rope to the sky and ends up in a pink cotton candy mountain, but that's just how his Universe works - all wonders are totally normal. And my son doesn't see anything wrong in the idea that one can walk into a mirror and meet a penguin knitting a scarf there. I love it. Lack of words gives us a perfect opportunity to tell the story in any language and come up with the names we find suitable for the characters. Lovely, kind, and funny book, just like the rest of books about Polo.(less)