After reading Jim Trelease' "The Read Aloud Handbook" and a series of other more inferior books about reading to children with book recommendations, IAfter reading Jim Trelease' "The Read Aloud Handbook" and a series of other more inferior books about reading to children with book recommendations, I stopped at getting similar books since I think one inspirational/informative book is enough in this area. However, this book proved me wrong. One of the author, Roger Sutton, has been the editor of the magazine "Hornbook" for many years, and both the Hornbook and he are well known by their seriousness in picking the reviewing Children's publications and their strictness in giving stars.
The book read like a triple feature Hornbook magazine. Everything I like about the magazine is in the book. There are famous children's authors, writing about different topics/genres and their point of views in things relating to Children's literature. I always love reading "other" writings from authors, which make me understand them more. There is a chapter on every genre, from book for babies all the way to Young Adult Fiction. The book recommendations are great, including a few new ones that were not included in The Read Aloud Handbook. Since Mr. Trelease hasn't been updating his famous book, I might have to give this one to new parents from now on.......more
I always love Scottoline's realistic, Picoult-like fictions and her humorous non-fictions, but not her mysteries; so I was really excited to read thisI always love Scottoline's realistic, Picoult-like fictions and her humorous non-fictions, but not her mysteries; so I was really excited to read this book from the description, "Will you save a girl who bullies your daughter in school?". The book started out really well. Rose is a mom whose daughter, Melly, has a huge birthmark on her face, and is always bullied by others in school. During a fire/explosion, Rose was assumed by other parents that she only cares about, and only saved her own daughter, but left another girl behind who ended up in a coma.
Rose became the enemy of the whole small town and received hate mails and unfriendly comments daily from other parents. The characters and situations are all so believable, it could have happened anywhere, anytime to any of us who volunteer in our children's school. The mother of the other girl was even contemplating suing her for criminal and civil damages. The incident hit Rose really hard, since she is a nice person and a loving mother to her two children, Melly and John. However, she also has a darker, older secret that no one knew, not even her husband, which constantly tortures her.
By 65% of the book, the plot took a twist and suddenly Rose decided to take matters into her own hands. She decided to fire her lawyers and leave her kids that she loves so much with a pair of retired neighbor and put an investigator hat. She became a know-it-all sleuth that could deduct and reason like she has been doing it all her life. She put on disguises, interviews people, lies her way into different companies and situations to find facts....then assumed everything correctly. I lost interest right there and then. If I didn't know Scottoline also writes mysteries, I would have assumed that two different people wrote this book. More characters were introduced to fit into the plot that she was still building in the last 20%...
I flipped through the last few chapters to find out the whodunnit because I was getting tired of the inconsistencies. However, in the last 3-4 chapters, she resumed the same style and poise as the beginning, created the best chapters of the whole book, and gave this story a lovely ending....more
Daughter read this book for her Biology debate and told me that it may change my opinions about the right kind of energy to use in the future...so herDaughter read this book for her Biology debate and told me that it may change my opinions about the right kind of energy to use in the future...so here I am. After finishing the book in two days, I have to say...I'm impressed. Gwyneth Cravens presented a very complex and scary subject(in most people's mind, including mine) in a way that is fun and simple to read. She addressed every fear that we have, including waste disposal, safety, radiation, cost, cancer risk..., about nuclear energy (which most were speculation) and convinced me and most readers that this IS the best option. It's not only the best, but the only option that we have for energy generation for now....in order for our children and grandchildren to continue to enjoy the world as we do...
There are many surprising facts about nuclear energy, as well as the alternatives, that she presented in her book. The ones were the most shocking was that if we use nuclear energy to power all our need, in our whole life, the amount of waste would fit perfectly in a SODA CAN. I also learned the cost, the pollution, the danger, and the space and cost that are required to use other forms of energy production, including wind, sun, water and our present fuels. There's just no other way that would produce enough energy to power what we need, which increases exponentially yearly, with lowest cost and the least pollution. This book definitely opened my eyes..and my narrow-mindness, and I'd recommend it to everyone I know. We need to educate our children early, so they're not fed with fear and the wrong information....more
Sarah Addison Allen...I love all her previous books, because they usually have a hint of magic, happen in a small neighborhood, have a wonderful loveSarah Addison Allen...I love all her previous books, because they usually have a hint of magic, happen in a small neighborhood, have a wonderful love story and make one feel good all over. This one has exactly the same formula. It happened in a small North Carolina town near the forest..one or two love stories..and a secret from 2 generations ago. It's a good read, but it lacks a little magic like her previous books. I do find the main female character quite lovable, though......more
Wow....wait, I need to capitalize this: WOW...This story took me through an emotional roller coaster that reminded me of all my personal shortcomingsWow....wait, I need to capitalize this: WOW...This story took me through an emotional roller coaster that reminded me of all my personal shortcomings in the relationship department with my own family and my Mom. The last time I was this wrecked was when my father passed away of cancer 2 years ago.
The story begins when the 70-year old mother of a family disappears from a Seoul train station. The family, 5 grown children and her husband, is desperate to find her and yet, on the other hand, are blaming themselves and each other for not spending more time or paying more attention to her. The book is divided into 4 major sections with 4 narrative voices: the oldest daughter, the oldest son, the husband and the mom herself, with a shorter epilogue again narrated by the oldest daughter. A second person narration is heavily used in the book..in all except for the personal narration of Mom. It takes a little getting used to but then ultimately one would start to identify with the voice:
"You were the one who always hung up first. You would say, "Mom, I'll call you back," and then you didn't. You didn't have time to sit and listen to everything your Mom had to say..."
"Mom was the kitchen and the kitchen was Mom. You never wondered, did Mom like being in the kitchen?"
As the story unfolds with each person's narration, we understand a little more about Mom, her love for all, her everyday life, her relationship with each of her children, her relationship with her husband and her husband's demanding older sister. We come to know that her children and her husband know very little of her, except that she was always there for them, taking care of them. When Mom's voice starts narrating at the end, we get the complete picture, almost...
It's no coincidence that the Korean word for "death" is a homonym for the number 4 (same in Chinese). This is a very sad story to read, yet I can't stop reading, especially toward the end. The translation is great, leaving Shin's original writing style unchanged. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves his/her Mom....more
This is the first Kristin Hannah book that I read. It's a captivating story that include teenage love, parent's love, sibling love, drunk driving, deaThis is the first Kristin Hannah book that I read. It's a captivating story that include teenage love, parent's love, sibling love, drunk driving, death, anger and forgiveness. Some people compare her to Jodi Picoult. Since this is the first book I read by her and I'm not sure if this is one of her better or worse book, my review may not be that reliable. I found that even the main character, Lexie, is a great and lovable character; the rest of them are not quite developed and fell flat. The extreme behavior of the mother was quite unbelievable, as well as her drastic change at the end. Both twins are a little weak in description and character development. The plot is quite predictable and the happy ending ended too abruptly...
Picoult has the talent of fully developing most if not all of her characters, so they can be recalled vividly by the readers years later. In other words, I enjoyed reading this story, and finished it in a day...but I may not remember what the story is about down the road. According to some reviews..this is not one of her best, so I would definitely love to read her other more popular books, like Firefly Lane and Magic Hour....more
Okay....this book reminded me so much of Joan Didion's "A Year of Magical Thinking", and I discovered the similarities in the first few pages of the bOkay....this book reminded me so much of Joan Didion's "A Year of Magical Thinking", and I discovered the similarities in the first few pages of the book. The two are so similar in many ways..they are both authors, they were both married to authors, and they both wrote a book mourning the loss of their husband. The process of writing and publishing their book helped with their grief.
I have never read Oates' fictions, so I have no idea what her writing style is. In Didion's book I found grief, but also strength, lots of selflessness, and persistence. In this book, I found grief, hysteria, helplessness, complaints (all about others, including her dead husband), lots self pity, and too many exclamation marks......more