A classic children's book where the author is also the illustrator. The lack of color in the illustrations does not take away from the simple beauty oA classic children's book where the author is also the illustrator. The lack of color in the illustrations does not take away from the simple beauty of this book.
Get ready to journey with the Mallard Family as they search for a place to call home....more
I love fairytales and I believe there is more to this world than meets the eye. I believe there are magical places where we can see things more clearlI love fairytales and I believe there is more to this world than meets the eye. I believe there are magical places where we can see things more clearly.
Some people were annoyed by the immature characters of Kendra and Seth. What stood out to me more were the obvious Mormon ideas & wording in the story - such as obedience and appropriate punishments. Here are examples:
All the fairies gleamed brilliantly, outshining the flowers of the garden like the sun outshines the moon. _______
".... your eyes were not yet opened to what truly surrounded you...." _______
"Unless the punishments are enforced, rules lose all their power." _______
"No offense, Grandpa, but is this really the truth?" Kendra asked. "You've told us so many versions of why the woods are forbidden." _______
"This entire sanctuary is consecrated ground, governed by laws that cannot be broken by the creatures who dwell here. Only on this hallowed soil could mortals interact with these beings with any measure of safety. As long as mortals remain within their boundaries, they are protected by the founding covenants of this preserve." "Covenants?" Seth asked. . . . "What are the covenants?" Kendra asked. _______
"I wondered what the heck was going on." _______
Grandma nodded. "Your grandfather and I are prepared to give our lives if necessary." ...more
A simple story with profound ideas about family, friends, identity and environment. With beautiful illustrations, Stellaluna offers thoughts on how aA simple story with profound ideas about family, friends, identity and environment. With beautiful illustrations, Stellaluna offers thoughts on how a life is shaped & educates on a fascinating flying mammal. A perfect bedtime story to enlighten young minds. ...more
I highly recommend this book. Different perspectives give us more information than a single view.
Wonder is not just for children. Adults also neeWow!
I highly recommend this book. Different perspectives give us more information than a single view.
Wonder is not just for children. Adults also need to learn how to accept differences & value the strengths we each have. The book contains some great quotes taught as "precepts".
Some Passages: I wish every day could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks. _______
Maybe it is a lottery, but the universe makes it all even out in the end. The universe takes care of all its birds. _______
One should be kinder than needed. _______
" ... in the future you make for yourselves, anything is possible. If every single person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary - the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God."
He paused and shrugged.
"Or whatever politically correct spiritual representation of universal goodness you happen to believe in," he added quickly, smiling, which got a lot of laughs and loads of applause, especially from the back of the auditorium, where the parents were sitting. _______
Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness. ...more
"A word is dead When it is said Some say. I say it just Begins to live That day." - EMILY DICKINSON, "VI. A Word." __________
Tithe just wasn't as intriguin"A word is dead When it is said Some say. I say it just Begins to live That day." - EMILY DICKINSON, "VI. A Word." __________
Tithe just wasn't as intriguing as I had hoped. There are better books on faeries. Perhaps I'm too old for this type of teen drama and perhaps it's the "modern" setting. I preferred Wildwood Dancing for this same genre. Tithe takes at least 100 pages to even get interesting.
"You know what the sun looks like?" Kaye asked. There was only a little more than a slice of red where the sea met the sky. "No, what?" Janet said, holding the lipgloss out to Kaye. "Like he slit his wrists in a bathtub and the blood is all over the water." "That's gross, Kaye." "And the moon is just watching. She's just watching him die. She must have driven him to it." _______
There were grades to impossible, levels, at least of unreality. And each time Kaye thought she was at the lowest level, the ground seemed to open up beneath her. _______
"When you do magic, there are two stages: focus and surrender. Surrender is the part that so many do not understand. To do magic, you must focus on what it is you want to do, then let go of the energy and trust it to do your bidding."
"Wildwood Dancing will take you to another time and indeed another world."
While I am not the target audience, I was surprisingly impressed with this s"Wildwood Dancing will take you to another time and indeed another world."
While I am not the target audience, I was surprisingly impressed with this story. I love the idea of fairies and other worlds. I thought it was a nicely told tale. Early in the book, I had figured I would rate this 3-4 stars, but by the conclusion I felt 5 stars was more fitting. I thought it funny that cousins would marry, but of course it was a different time, not present day.
"Nothing is only a game." _______
If you give respect, you get respect back. If you offend, you get....retribution. _______
It's your life - the only one who can live it is you. _______
"Death is final," the forest queen said. "The felling of trees is final. What we ask of you is simply the recognition of change, Jena. Yours is a world of constant change. You must learn to change, too. You spend a great deal of time worrying about others: trying to put their lives right, trying to shape your world as you believe it should be. You must learn to trust your instincts, or you are doomed to spend your life blinded by duty while beside you a wondrous tree sprouts and springs up and buds and blooms, and your heart takes no comfort from it, for you cannot raise your eyes to see it." _______
From Author's Note: This is a land where bears and wolves come close to human settlements, a place where snow can lie heavily for up to six months of the year. To survive in such a harsh environment requires a particular understanding of the balance between humankind and wild nature.
Best read aloud. Some words are hard to pronounce. This little book will test your skills of vocabulary & vocalization. Apparently the musical CATBest read aloud. Some words are hard to pronounce. This little book will test your skills of vocabulary & vocalization. Apparently the musical CATS is based on this book.
I read this classic while dog-sitting the next-to door dog. I read it aloud to Maggie, the Doberman and it was quite a delightful experience. ...more
I thought this was a fantastic book. Vampires, sexuality, identity, community, family, social justice, race, morality, family history, culture, memoryI thought this was a fantastic book. Vampires, sexuality, identity, community, family, social justice, race, morality, family history, culture, memory & instinct - these are some of the subjects covered in Fledgling. This is the first book I have read by Octavia Butler and I would be interested in reading more of her work.
A few passages:
I thought the place must once have provided comfortable homes for several people. That felt right. It felt like something I would want - living together with other people instead of wandering alone. The idea was a little frightening, though. _______
.... I grabbed him and I tore out his throat and I ate him. _______
Maybe there are bits of truth mixed into the movies and folktales. _______
Once you're living with us, there will be no need to hide. _______
Cities overload our senses - the noise, the smells, the lights . . . they overload us in every possible way. Some of us get used to it, but others just get sick. _______
They usually have better memories, and they can pile up more years of practice than humans can. We humans do a little of it and give it names like "intuition" or "instinct" or even "ESP". In fact, it's just good old conscious and unconscious use of your senses, your experience, and your intelligence.
Master storyteller, Stephen King makes us consider how much we are being controlled by influences around us and how many of us are susceptible to minoMaster storyteller, Stephen King makes us consider how much we are being controlled by influences around us and how many of us are susceptible to minor seizures where we might easily loose control over ourselves.
Some Favorite Passages:
"We were penned in like hogs because of the posts they set up to keep people in line. He did it on purpose and they're laying around up there like. . . like . . . oh man, dolls filled with blood." ______
He was a fat cocksucker with a crewcut and a cheerful demeanor. Brady was in his chair, so the fat cocksucker sat on Brady's bed. The fat cocksucker told Brady that his niece had been at the 'Round Here concert. ______
..... she will never have a date, will never be hired for a good job now that political correctness has rendered the circus fat lady extinct, that by the age of forty she will have to sleep sitting up because her enormous breasts will make it impossible for her lungs to do their work, and before she dies of a heart attack at fifty, she'll be using a DustBuster to get the crumbs out of the deepest creases in her rolls of fat. ...more