This is an inspiring story of a man with a dream to educate children in Pakistan. Not endowed with great funds, he never-the-less begins a small schooThis is an inspiring story of a man with a dream to educate children in Pakistan. Not endowed with great funds, he never-the-less begins a small school. OVer the years the school grows. He has trouble tho, keeping the girl's section of the school open because Taliban arrive and without being elected, or otherwise given power over the people, they start enforcing their idea of Islam on all the people. Malala's father is outspoken in his attempts to make people see reason and arrest these men.
At 11 years of age Malala joins with her dad, writing a blog, or journal about what it is like for a girl in Swat, Pakistan living under Taliban rule. She also begins to give speeches about how important it is for all children, girls included, to get an education in order to be productive, useful people.
AT 15 or 16 Malala is shot by the Taliban on the way home from school. This did not stop her from her quest to bring education to all children.
Go Malala and dad, too!
I only gave 3 stars for the book, because it went into way too much detail about Pakistani politics. I understand lots more of what is going on over there, but too many names, places & details makes it just a jumble in my brain. I really liked the story of Malala's father and hope that one day their family can go visit or live in Pakistan without fears. But then, that's my wish for everyone- to go and live where they want without fear of being shot, raped, sold/ married off, or locked up in the house, uneducated....more
I didn't finish this. I was too confused as to what was/ wasn't going on. I had no idea who Sam or Hadley were, only that Hadley died, then wasn't deaI didn't finish this. I was too confused as to what was/ wasn't going on. I had no idea who Sam or Hadley were, only that Hadley died, then wasn't dead in the next chapter. Only when i started reading reviews did i understand that Rebecca was writing backwards, or something and that clinched it. Can't follow it....more
This is a fascinating book explaining how myelin in our brain wraps around certain circuits or pathways making them stronger and faster. This is why tThis is a fascinating book explaining how myelin in our brain wraps around certain circuits or pathways making them stronger and faster. This is why talented folks are so good at what they do- they have more myelin wrapped around their talented area than other folk do.Coyle also explains how to best 'learn' in order to wrap more myelin around a circuit faster. One should stop and practise their mistakes learning from them, getting better one movement at a time.
My 7 (now 8) yr old gave these books a 5. I agree. "His books are awesome' she says.I liked the way morals were told in an entertaining way. I bet myMy 7 (now 8) yr old gave these books a 5. I agree. "His books are awesome' she says.I liked the way morals were told in an entertaining way. I bet my daughter didn't feel she was being moralized at because she wanted to hear the whole book. I've tried others that had a distinct 'moral' or 'value' and she hates it.(Books that go ... is thankful or ... learns to be honest. blah.
Burgess books are interesting entertaining and a good read. Hopefully the little lessons learned by the animals were also learned and put away in the back of my daughter's mind!
But if not, that's ok. A book is meant to entertain and if it did that, that works for me.
They are a little 'old-fashioned' meaning the sun is called: Mr. round red jolly sun, the wind is Old Mother West Wind, a breeze is One of Mother West Wind's Children, the Merry Little Breezes etc. Quaint and not exactly science but endearing nonetheless. But other than that these books are science in story form. The stories are about real life things that frogs or bears or skunks do or could do. Unlike most books with animals as main characters where they learn to ride bikes, win the spelling bee at school etc. Beginning animal lore for young children. Or budding animal lovers.
If you miss any of these from your local library many are also on Gutenberg's free books site.
Personally I think that these should be re-released with new covers and realistic pictures so kids will read them again. After looking up Amazon, it seems they have been re-released in paperback form.
The books themselves:
Lightfoot the Deer: Lightfoot's life as a deer and how hunting season changes his life. Not for those who want their kids to enjoy hunting season.
Morals/Values/lessons: A bad event can bring good with it, hunting for sport (unless it's with a camera) is an unfair practice.
Mother West Wind's Children: The Merry Little Breezes are a curious group. They keep asking Grandfather Frog to tell them stories about why things are the way they are. Grandfather explains to them why Hooty the Owl doesn't come out during the day, why Bobby Coon washes his food, why Striped Chipmunk has pockets in his cheeks.
Morals/ values/ lessons intertwined in the book: Cheaters & thieves don't win, don't tell false tales, industry & hard work are rewarded, laugh at self- don't be a cry baby.
The Dear Old Briar Patch: The story of goings-on in the Briar Patch of Peter Rabbit. Mrs. Peter has babies but doesn't tell Peter. Why not?
Bob White: The story of Bob White (aka quail) and his family as they try to keep hidden from their many predators. One day little bob white is shot by a hunter. What will happen to him after his family flies away from the hunter?
Morals/ values/ lessons intertwined in the book: Cheerfulness, wise planning, keeping secrets, anti-hunting for fun sentiments.
Bobby Coon: Poor Bobby awakes from his winter nap to find his tree being chopped down! He is injured in the fall but taken good care of by Farmer Brown' Boy His trial are not yet over. Bobby must find a new home but that is harder than he thinks.
Morals/ values/ lessons intertwined in the book: helping others, not worrying needlessly, losing your temper.
Old Mother West Wind: A group of stories with Mother West Wind or her Little Breezes helping the animals of the Meadow and forest. A couple of 'how the xxx got/ lost zzz' stories also that were quite entertaining.
Morals/ values/ lessons intertwined in the book: vanity, friendship, contentment, helpfulness.
Buster Bear: Buster moves to the Green Woods. This doesn't please the other animals because he takes 'their' fish, and they are frightened of him. But when the animals find out that Farmer Brown's Boy is afraid of Buster, they look at him with new eyes...until they find out the next personality trait Buster shows.
Morals/ values/ lessons intertwined in the book: temper, new friends come to the neighborhood.
Danny Meadow Mouse: Danny gets upset because he has a short tail. He also gets caught by Hooty the Owl, who wants him for dinner.
Morals/ values/ lessons intertwined in the book: greed, anger, envy, kindness, friendship, look before you leap.
Grandfather Frog: He decides it's time for him to see more of the world. A little risk keeps life exciting. He has some exciting adventures before discovering 'there's no place like home'.
Morals/ values/ lessons intertwined in the book: greed, mischieviousness, thoughtlessness, patience.
Old Man Coyote: Something is making a new sound in the Green Meadows/ Green Forest. The animals don't know what it could be. When it is discovered who has moved in, Granny Fox is determined to oust them from HER feeding grounds. Granny is in for a surprise because this stranger isn't easy to fool.
Morals/ values/ lessons intertwined in the book: courage, resisting temptation, good planning...more
I could get 3 books worth out of this but i wont. This book has an interesting premise and fortunately Roberts is able to keep it from getting too conI could get 3 books worth out of this but i wont. This book has an interesting premise and fortunately Roberts is able to keep it from getting too confusing in the first section. The other 2 sections (BKS 2 & 3) are a little tougher to believe.
Oversoul 7 is a soul. He has 4 personalities he has created from himself: an early year (dare i say cave-man era) woman who finds a society where they teach how to use an astral body to do things at night while their body is asleep, an elderly woman who does not believe in the afterlife, but who needs to die, a young 23rd century man who leaves the calm air-village to spend time on the depopulated earth and a painter from the 1600s who doesn't have the stick-to-it-ness to actually paint much. OVersoul 7 helps these people out, as much as they will let him, often during their sleep.
Kind of weird but interesting. OVersoul 7''s mentor Cypris (why doesn't she have a number?) uses some of these character's problems as an 'exam' for oversoul7.
In Book 2, Lydia, the old lady from book 1 is now in the afterlife wanting to find out the answer of who is God? She meets lots of gods, from Zeus, Christ, Mohummed. Oversoul kind of tags along on these visits, while at the same time trying to get her to make the decision to be reborn to 1600'th century painter Josef (also from the first book) as his daughter. She discovers that her lover from her life, will be her cousin in this incarnation. Bonus deal! Kind of weird if you don't like our gods (Jesus, Allah) being treated like Greek Gods of old are now treated (ie Zeus). Rather irreverent. But interesting thots
In book 3 there is a mentally unstable guy who sometimes says he is Christ and when he is, can do miracles. When is is John, he cannot. The dentist Oversoul takes a body to meet, finds this Christ guy too intriguing to leave alone. He must know how the 'miracles' happen- as they can't be miracles. It's the 1980s, and miracles just don't happen. This is another testy kind of thing from OVersoul's mentor, Cypris....more
I really liked this book. Well written. Farah's story: As a young girl in wartorn Afghanistan, Farah only had a grade 2 education. The schools kept clI really liked this book. Well written. Farah's story: As a young girl in wartorn Afghanistan, Farah only had a grade 2 education. The schools kept closing due to bombing. Then Farah stepped on a landmine, ended up in Germany for 2 years to heal and returned home having forgotten much of her native tongue. But this was not all she had to endure. Back in Afganistan she lost her sisters and dad to a bomb that blew up her house while she and her mom were shopping. With the Taliban in control now, women were not allowed outside w/o a male escort. Farah's brothers tried to escape first, then Farah & her mother. In Pakistan they discovered that America was taking orphans and widows and other families to start new lives in the USA. Farah applied, was accepted, got ready to leave when 9/11 happened and all flights to the States were stopped.
How Farah and her mother got to the USA and began a new life here is a fascinating read. It wasn't easy. Farah had to work hard learning English and American ways and how to get around in this new land w/o a car... and also be a support to her still-in-shock mother.
Farah: I hope you and your mom are doing well and thank you for your glimpse into a world completely different from mine. I too wonder why peace can't seem to come to the Arab countries... as well as all other war-torn places in the world....more
Great counting book that rhymes. My daughter is a little old for this book now, so i can't say how it works with the preschool scene. I love some of WGreat counting book that rhymes. My daughter is a little old for this book now, so i can't say how it works with the preschool scene. I love some of Wheeler's other books- Bubble Gum & Castaway Cats and Prickly Love so i had to read this when i saw it at my library.
A great read when you want to remember to be aware of and appreciate the little things in life. Look for and appreciate when luck hands YOU the highesA great read when you want to remember to be aware of and appreciate the little things in life. Look for and appreciate when luck hands YOU the highest salary in the yearly holiday game of LIFE.
Great layout. Writing and pictures are such that the book is easy to read.
Alderton describes a dog's natural aging behaviors like sleeping more or geGreat layout. Writing and pictures are such that the book is easy to read.
Alderton describes a dog's natural aging behaviors like sleeping more or getting tired quicker on a walk. The book also gives an overview of the illnesses that can affect an older dog. He discusses how to help the older dog and when the dog needs to be put to sleep....more
Having read many of the books this is based on, i didn't learn much new information. Some of the ideas in here are excellent: create wealth with ideasHaving read many of the books this is based on, i didn't learn much new information. Some of the ideas in here are excellent: create wealth with ideas, not through stepping on other people, work productively etc. Other concepts are more like 'the Secret" and it hasn't worked for me...yet.
I'd say this is good for teens who are just getting their feet into the financial world....more
The story is nice but very superficial. There is way too much religion in this book compared to her earlier books. The love comes softly series was aThe story is nice but very superficial. There is way too much religion in this book compared to her earlier books. The love comes softly series was a well-written series and the preaching didn't come til near the end. This one is a preachy book all the way thru....more