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 scouti...moreThis 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.(less)
Other than having a little trouble remembering who was who initially (since I read the first one some time ago), which is a...moreThis 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 up...moreThis 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.(less)
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 t...moreThis 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.(less)
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 oppor...moreThis 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.(less)
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 v...moreThis 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.(less)
This is a great book for those who want to know more about "Daisy" Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts in the USA.
This gives a good look...moreThis is a great book for those who want to know more about "Daisy" Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts in the USA.
This gives a good look at the entire life of Daisy, which really helps understand how Girl Scouts got started when it did, and how the organization has always had a fairly liberal, inclusive, and feminist bend. You can also see how the program has always served girls who did not come from privileged families, and where some of our modern day traditions come from (snack, which is written into all of our district's lesson plans, likely stems from both Daisy's British tea influence and the fact that she her first patrols included poorer members).
As a volunteer and leader new to Girl Scouting, this gave me some good contextto the program.(less)
A passable collection of short stories, but not up to this author's usual standard.
This is a collection of fractured fairy tales, a subgenre I'm quit...moreA passable collection of short stories, but not up to this author's usual standard.
This is a collection of fractured fairy tales, a subgenre I'm quite fond of. Some of the stories are quite good; it starts and ends strongly. She's done some fun and interesting things with some of the most well known European fairy tales. I was delighted to see that she took the side of the wolf in her retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, as I myself have done.
While the book is marketed as for ages 8 to 12, I think this is overly optimistic or just a poor decision by someone in the marketing department. My 8 year old lacks a lot of the cultural and literary context for the punchlines and jokes to work. Some of the pieces are less well constructed bland filler(less)
This is a story full of amazingly well-drawn realistic characters, something I require to truly enjoy a book. I picked this up because I'd previously...moreThis is a story full of amazingly well-drawn realistic characters, something I require to truly enjoy a book. I picked this up because I'd previously read, and enjoyed, Klages' Portable Childhoods, which includes the short story this novel sprang from.
The Green Glass Sea follows the children of the scientists on the Manhattan Project, developing the first atomic bombs. I found the portrayal of life for an eleven-year-old at a top secret base compelling and believable. Parents aren't allowed to speak openly with their children (or non-scientist spouses) of their work on "the gadget." But kids are smart, some of these kids especially so, and they have their own ideas and theories about what the gadget is.
The novel is written with two primary point of view characters, Dewey and Suze. I admit I got so immersed in the Dewey's character and perspective that I was initially annoyed to find the next section was from Suze's point of view. This is a normal reaction for me when there is strong characterization on the page. Ultimately, I think having the two very different points of view made the story stronger and allowed Klages to tell a more complete story.
A few reviewers clearly wanted this to be a story exploring more of the horror of the atomic bomb. While there are hints of this at the end of The Green Glass Sea, but it doesn't really fit this plot arc, which focuses on the thrill of scientific discovery and ends shortly after the successful test at Trinity. I suspect this subject is covered in the second book White Sands, Red Menace, which I will be reading soon.
My three minor quibbles are: 1) There are a few times when the story switches to present tense. I'm not fond of present tense, and don't think this was necessary. 2) There's a tragedy that occurs, that feels a bit contrived. I'm withholding final judgement on this because it may be essential to the plot of the second book. 3) The end of the book is not the end of the story, so there's a lot unresolved. If you need all plot points wrapped up at the end, you may want to have the second book on hand when you finish this one.(less)
This was one of my best impulse book purchases to date.
This is a fun adventure that seems to have been influenced by a number of geeky sources. Cleo i...moreThis was one of my best impulse book purchases to date.
This is a fun adventure that seems to have been influenced by a number of geeky sources. Cleo is reminiscent of Buffy The Vampire Slayer in her natural combat skill areas. She even has something of a watcher in Khensu. There are elements of a boarding school story. The organization that has been waiting for Cleo reminds me a bit of Marvel Comics' SHIELD. Other reviewers have mentioned the Indiana Jones components.
While the humor is very contemporary, I'm delighted to see that it doesn't fall in line with so many of the stereotype laden stories of teen girls. Cleo has friends at school, but we aren't subjected to petty rivalries and catty behavior.
The artwork is clean and easy to follow, and contributes substantively to the story (as it should in a graphic novel).
My 8 year old son and nearly 6 year old daughter fight over reading this. I look forward to the next one and hope it won't be too long.
This is another fabulous Zita tale that builds expertly on the two previous books in character development, world development, and story.
This is bill...moreThis is another fabulous Zita tale that builds expertly on the two previous books in character development, world development, and story.
This is billed as the last in a trilogy, but I'm desperately hoping Ben Hatke finds a few more Zita stories to tell. Zita is a hero. Not because she's big and strong. She's not some chosen one with stellar fighting skills. She's a girl who makes the tough choice when it's the right choice. She makes friends. She won't let anyone tell her who she can (or can't) save. Put it all together, and she's a girl who can save the world (maybe even more than one).
The art is consistent with the previous books - easy to follow and clear. We love that it's in color.
My 8 year old son and nearly 6 year old daughter love Zita and continue to reread all the books (including this one).(less)
I don't tend to read a lot of magical realism, so I wasn't sure how much this would appeal to me. Foolishly, I st...moreBeautiful language and engaging story
I don't tend to read a lot of magical realism, so I wasn't sure how much this would appeal to me. Foolishly, I started reading it before going to bed, then had a lot of trouble putting it down.
The story is filled with details about music and the location that bring the setting to life, so much so that it is essentially as much a character as the protagonist. The use of Spanish along with the description fleshes out the world in a way that includes those without a prior knowledge of the language, the profession of music, and Bolivian history.
The protagonist, Isobel, is a 17-year-old violin prodigy, who is struggling to figure out who she is and wants to be as she transitions to adulthood. Her tragedy-laden past is revealed over the course of the novel as she struggles to figure out how she has come to this point.
I think this would appeal equally to older teens and adults. If you enjoy a story grounded in the real world, but includes more subtle forms of magic, this may be what you're looking for.
There were some world and character details that were not as well developed as I would have liked. This could be consistent with the genre, however, and did not significantly detract from the story.
I look forward to seeing more of Jonna Gjevre's work in the future.(less)
This is a nice approachable book of essays highlighting how meditation, mindfulness, etc can be beneficial. If you are already on the path to peace an...moreThis is a nice approachable book of essays highlighting how meditation, mindfulness, etc can be beneficial. If you are already on the path to peace and compassion these essays will serve as reminders for why it's worth continuing. They will also make more sense and be more applicable. I think folks who have not yet started such a journey will look at these essays and think, "easier said than done." For some, the suggestions may seem unreasonable or even laughably impossible. It might have been nice to include a bit of a roadnmap, or some guidance for these folks. There are times this borders on overly simplistic and even pedantic. Overall, it was worth reading and gave me some good things to consider.(less)
This is a wonderful adventure, told more in pictures than in words, much in the same vein as Korgi, Book 1: Sprouting Wings. The illustrations are bea...moreThis is a wonderful adventure, told more in pictures than in words, much in the same vein as Korgi, Book 1: Sprouting Wings. The illustrations are beautiful. The protagonist is adorable and heroic. While the starting point and ending point are the same, your interpretation can change with each reading, making it a more flexible story than many graphic novels have.
I'm unsure who enjoyed it more, me or my kids (ages 5 and 8).(less)