Anansi is back with more mischief, mayhem, and amusement. The six year old keeps re-reading it.
This is a non-rhyming story, and it reads aloud nicely.Anansi is back with more mischief, mayhem, and amusement. The six year old keeps re-reading it.
This is a non-rhyming story, and it reads aloud nicely. The artwork adds to the story.
Anansi is the Caribbean and West African equivalent to Coyote, a trickster god. He appears in stories as a man or a spider. Sometimes his action cause harm. Sometimes they're helpful. They are always interesting. ...more
While this is a decent introductory book, I don't think I'm cut out for Zen. I use several forms of meditation, sitting, standing, and walking, and noWhile this is a decent introductory book, I don't think I'm cut out for Zen. I use several forms of meditation, sitting, standing, and walking, and none are as proscriptive as the methods described here. That said, if you're interested in Zen, this is probably a helful tool for you to decide if it's right for you. It's also a reasonably quick read.
I found thisbook to be a mix of useful information and dull passages that didn't add to my understanding. The writing is a bit wordy, which occasionally obscures clarity, but there are also some spectacularly illustrative metaphors.
Pros: In some sections, explanations are really clear, allowing the reader to understand both the process and the reason behind it.
This includes some different definfitions for "zen" and "mindfulness" than I've previously encountered. While I'm not saying one definition is more accurate than another, it's interesting to explore the etymology a bit.
Cons: Some of the arbitrary seeming information is left unexplained, when it would be really helpful to have the reason, making it oddly dogmatic. For example, when practicing sitting meditation, or zazen, why must the hands be just so? The athor spent two pages explaining the proper positioning of the hands, but not why it matters.
Some sections are far longer than they need to be, and turn out to be somewhat contradictory. We get 17 pages of detail on the correct way to sit, and eventually we're told not to worry to much about our sitting posture. When I first started meditiating, I would have found the posture alone too daunting to get past.
There are two pages on proper breathing and counting (which turns out to just be an aid, and not a useful one for everyone), but then failed to explain the difference between "following the breath" and "the idea of following the breath." As this is an area where I got hung up for a while in my own practice, this would be beneficial to readers.
I expect that many American readers will give up at chapter 5. In our fast-paced society it is really hard for people to commit to 20-40 minutes to try something new. I like the approach that some modern meditation books use, guiding readers through an easing in period so they are less likely to quit before they start and are more likely to stick with it even if it isn't working well at first....more
If you're interested in the stories behind the making of Avatar:The Last Airbender, the art of the series, and seeing how the storytelling process worIf you're interested in the stories behind the making of Avatar:The Last Airbender, the art of the series, and seeing how the storytelling process works in animated form, it's likely you'll enjoy this.
If you're looking for further tales of Aang and Team Avatar, this is probably not the book for you.
As a writer, I am often interested in how the creative process works for other writers and other artists. I like to see the similarities and differences, and once in a while I learn something new to try. There is some truly stunning art in this book, things I'd be happy to frame and hang on my walls. The anectdotes and production stories were fun (and sometimes funny).
Now to hide the book so my kids, who are huge Avatar fans, don't mar the pages......more
This is another solid ATLA graphic novel, and I look forward to reading The Rift once it is also available in the hardcover with extras format.
While tThis is another solid ATLA graphic novel, and I look forward to reading The Rift once it is also available in the hardcover with extras format.
While this story doesn't tackle the complex social issues seen in The Promise, it contributes substatially to the world and it answers a question that has been bothering fans for years. What happened to Zuko's mom? The artwork is well done and contributes to the story. I greatly enjoyed the author and artist notes pointing out things I may have missed (obscure refences and connections with the television show) and some of the creative decisions that went on behind the scenes.
While I'm sure my kids will enjoy reading this with me, for now there will be no unsupervised time or sticky fingers allowed. It's a lovely book, and I hope to keep it that way....more
I really enjoyed this graphic novel! It picks up right where Avatar:The Last Airbender leaves off. The tone and characters are consistent with the serI really enjoyed this graphic novel! It picks up right where Avatar:The Last Airbender leaves off. The tone and characters are consistent with the series, making it a perfect follow-up.
I was disappointed to reach the end of the show. It made sense, in that it had completed the initial story arc, however, there was still a lot of potential for further stories and adventures. I'm fond of the complex and interesting characters that grew and developed over the course of the show, and wasn't ready to skip ahead to a time after Aang's death.
One of the things I enjoy about the cartoon is that it doesn't shy away from some of complex issues such as those associated with self-doubt, honor, war, and justice. It doesn't overly simplify these issues, either. The Promise follows this aspect of the series, examining issues of colonialism, cultural appropriation, and the difficult process of healing from a long military conflict.
Apparently some reviewers found Katara and Aang's romance (aka Kataang Shipping) "oogie." To them, I say "piffle." It fits into the story as something that belongs, and is not merely an added afterthought.
I bought the hardcover version including all three parts of the story. It includes some nice notes from the authors and artists on how and why they did certain things the way they did. The artwork is beautiful. I won't be letting my kids touch this unsupervised, or with sticky hands, though they are eager to read it with me as soon as they finish the series....more
Recommended for the Avatar: The Last Airbender fan.
This is a collection of mostly short tales of what Team Avatar was doing in between episodes or inRecommended for the Avatar: The Last Airbender fan.
This is a collection of mostly short tales of what Team Avatar was doing in between episodes or in their off screen time. The stories fit into the television show's storyline, spanning all three seasons, and are separated by chapters (Water, Earth and Fire) that match the series. If you are still watching the series for the first time, don't read in the chapter that corresponds with the season(s) you haven't watched, or you'll spoil a few things.
While some of the art is not fabulous, much of it is well done and a few have amazingly vibrant color. The stories are fun and fit with the themes and tone of the show. My six and eight year olds are currently fighting over who gets to re-read it on a daily basis....more
When you mentally refer to a book as "that crappy meditation book," it's time to stop renewing it and let the library have it back.
After four months sWhen you mentally refer to a book as "that crappy meditation book," it's time to stop renewing it and let the library have it back.
After four months slogging through wordy unclear writing and a bizarrely apologetic yet pedantic tone, I was only halfway through. There were some useful pieces of information, but it wasn't worth spending more time on this....more
As a new Girl Scout leader who did not grow up with scouting, I thought it would be good to learn a bit about where scoutiThis was not my cup of tea.
As a new Girl Scout leader who did not grow up with scouting, I thought it would be good to learn a bit about where scouting came from. This is the third biography I've read about "Daisy" Juliette Gordon Low, and it's my least favorite. Some of the historical facts do not match up with the other two biographies.
While this book does contain some truly facinating information showing how the activities of the very first patrols impact us today (meeting snack time appears to stem from working with girls of little means who may have traveled a great distance for the meeting), it was also bloated with both unnecessary details (such as the genealogy of everyone Daisy ever met), irrelevant tangents (such as a paragraph explaining a misquoted poem in Daisy's diary and what in may have meant), and rampant assumptions of the inner workings of the minds of various individuals. The writing was not always as clear as I would have liked, resulting in the need to reread several convoluted paragraphs.
Girl Souting has an interesting origin story, and the founder of Girl Scouting in the US (who was also key in establishing an international organization) was an amazing woman. This book doesn't bring that to life.
Apologies for typos, this was done on my Kindle....more
Other than having a little trouble remembering who was who initially (since I read the first one some time ago), which is aThis was a delight to read.
Other than having a little trouble remembering who was who initially (since I read the first one some time ago), which is at least partially my fault, this was a smooth followup to the first novel in the series. The story feels stronger, and our cast of primary and significant secondary characters continues to develop and change believably.
This book is an interresting meander through one individual's forays into meditation.
It is not a how-to manual, though it includes some nice start upThis book is an interresting meander through one individual's forays into meditation.
It is not a how-to manual, though it includes some nice start up pointers, but more of a thoughful and logical argument for why and how meditation can be beneficial. Dan Harris represents the skeptic perspective, presenting meditation as a mental exercise rather than a religion. As a long time dabbler in meditation, I greatly appreciated seeing the deconstruction of stereotypes....more
This is the adult companion book to the Girl Scout Daisy leadership journey Between Earth and Sky.
I came into leadership of our troop midway through tThis is the adult companion book to the Girl Scout Daisy leadership journey Between Earth and Sky.
I came into leadership of our troop midway through the year and spent some quality time lost (probably not the book's fault). I ended up using our district's online guides instead of this, except for the very end. There is some really handy information about child development and selection of activities for the Daisy age range early in this book (wish I'd read them before!).
I am currently using the other guides for the other Daisy Journeys and find that they are quite helpful for providing a cohesive and complete experience that meets the intent of the Girl Scout curriculum....more
This looks like the most cohesive and challenging of the Daisy journeys. It is well designed with nice clear goals for each session and a lot of opporThis looks like the most cohesive and challenging of the Daisy journeys. It is well designed with nice clear goals for each session and a lot of opportunity for individualization. I'll be using it with my troop this year, and it will be my third and final Daisy journey. There are a lot of great activities and lessons in here, and it's well organized. If you are planning to use this (or really any of the leader guides), I recommend you read the whole thing in advance so you can fully understand the smaller goals and big picture plan. It's very helpful to see how everything ties together in the end.
My biggest complaint is that they should have gone with a slightly larger spiral binder on this book as the pages tend to get stuck when you are nearing the final quarter of it. There are a couple of discussion sessions with flip charts that are poorly explained, but given the clarity of objectives, I don't mind doing my oown thing with those....more
This book is designed for use with the Daisy Girl Scout It's Your Planet-Love It leadership journey. It serves that purpose adequately, but it feels vThis book is designed for use with the Daisy Girl Scout It's Your Planet-Love It leadership journey. It serves that purpose adequately, but it feels very much like the plot was driven more by the need to hit some specific lessons than to tell an engaging story. The lessons are valuable ones, I just think they could have worked a little harder to craft a story that fit.
The vocabulary call outs and sidebars of related real-life events mirroring the story were perfect for the audience (kindergartners and first graders). It's nice to see science so smoothly integrated even this early in scouting. In order to get more women into scientific fields, we need to normalize female involvement and feed the natural curiosity so many kids have.
While I can see how many of the story's events and characters tie in to the Girl Scout law, I'm not entirely sure how this book, and its associated journey, truly teaches girls how to be good leaders....more