More superficial and less relevant *to me* than I'd hoped. 1In a way, it's a lot like a lot of similar 'debunking pseudo-science' books I frequently rMore superficial and less relevant *to me* than I'd hoped. 1In a way, it's a lot like a lot of similar 'debunking pseudo-science' books I frequently read, including, just this week, the latest from Dr. Joe Schwarz. Sometimes the light tone is just right, sometimes Wolke strains for humor and doesn't reach it. It's always clear and easy to read though.
I did use a lot of book darts to mark bits of note, so let's see what they point to:
A recipe for 'White Chocolate' Bars. Of course, white chocolate has no chocolate, and upon second look these bars look much too rich for me, more like fudge than blondies. Skip.
"Clarified butter [akin to ghee] will keep much longer than whole butter will, because bacteria can work away at protein, but not at pure oil."
To make clarified butter, melt slowly, then refrigerate. Three layers appear, the top casein froth which is tasty and will flavor veggies nicely, the middle ghee, and the bottom watery sedimented layer, for which there is no suggested use.
Test your baking powder by adding it to ordinary water - it should fizz vigorously.
A recipe for Fish in a Package, which informs me that parchment paper and aluminum foil are interchangeable in these little oven-steamed packets.
Since metal conducts energy, thaw packages more quickly simply by placing them in a metal bowl or skillet, w/ as much surface in or near contact as possible. (I tested this informally - it does seem to work terrifically!)
If using the microwave to heat water for tea, heat it extra long in a larger container, so that you can bring it to a full boil temperature, so you get fully dissolved tea and less sludgy precipitate. Or use a teakettle on the stove. I tried extra-long in the microwave and it seems like it did help quite a bit to make the tea more fully flavored and the empty cup less messy.
Chipped or crazed ceramic is not safe in the microwave, because the chip breaks the glaze and exposes the porous clay. Water can get trapped in there, then it may boil in the hot microwave, and crack the cup or bowl.
A recipe for Lemon Curd. Omg it looks nummy. But realistically I am not likely to make it, neither should I. Oh well.
It's important to use a measuring device close to the size of the amt you're measuring. My oldest son likes to get out the 2 cup glass measure and use it for everything, even the 1/4 cup oil. But because of settling, and the wide mouth relative to the portion, that's not going to yield a successful recipe. Wolke recommends the funnel-shaped Perfect Beaker made by EMSA Design of Frieling USA. Accurate from one ounce to one pint. I'm off to shop for it right after I finish this review.
"Spoilage bacteria make food repulsive and inedible, but they generally won't make us sick. Pathogenic bacteria, otoh, may be completely undetectable by taste or appearance, but are still dangerous. Low temperatures inhibit them both."...more
The pictures are even more wonderful than the story.
*This* makes it clear why Yolen is so famous. I've not fully appreciated her writing before, butThe pictures are even more wonderful than the story.
*This* makes it clear why Yolen is so famous. I've not fully appreciated her writing before, but the rhythm and pattern, and characters, plot, and themes here are all simultaneously lovely and exciting.
Still, the text wouldn't be as successful as it is without the wonderful pictures, with all the details. The beetle's suit, the snake curled up on its chair, the bedrooms of the mole sisters, and most especially Eeny's little doll & carriage. I do have to admit that I had to squint to see those details and so now I have a headache, but it was worth it, and younger eyes would probably be ok. I will look for more by the artist....more
Despite the easy accessibility of information, we're still passing on old-wives' tales. Some are wise, some not so. Jennings collected a bunch of stufDespite the easy accessibility of information, we're still passing on old-wives' tales. Some are wise, some not so. Jennings collected a bunch of stuff his parents told him, he catches himself telling his kids, and some other tidbits of advice from friends & online. Then he researched many of them through Straight Dope, Snopes, and and Mythbusters, but continued his research with the more original sources, the science journals etc.
I trust his information in the mini-essays that answer all the questions. I *do not* trust his 'meter' icon at the end of each essay, colored in against how "False, mostly false, mostly true, true" the adage is. Only you can decide whether the risk of doing something, vs. not doing something, is worth it....
I also was surprised to see a lot of warnings and tales I'd never heard of before. But there were also ones I'd never questioned. For example, who'd have thought that the advice not to let someone who has bumped their head sleep, for fear of concussion, is *wrong* - ? Turns out the monitoring parent shouldn't sleep, because s/he should wake the victim "every two or three hours [during the first 12 hours] to make sure they know where they are and that their condition is unchanged." Sleep is actually probably healing.
The essay on "Don't feed the ducks" should be required reading. Not only are you messing up their migratory patterns and their ability to live wild and free, but bread is very bad for them. Not to mention the poopy parks and even contaminated ponds and nests that too much feeding can lead to. (Jenning's meter is almost entirely colored, and is labeled 'True.")
If we all did our research before spouting these 'wisdoms' we wouldn't need this book. But I sure as heck wish I had it when my sons were little. And I will buy a copy for them if they ever give me grandchildren. I think this would make a wonderful gift this holiday season, too....more
Oh! Much more light and simple than I expected, based on the other Gravett titles that have impressed me. There's, what, about 20 total words in thisOh! Much more light and simple than I expected, based on the other Gravett titles that have impressed me. There's, what, about 20 total words in this book that uses 'colors' to teach about friendship....
But I feel I ought to mention that it's pretty easy to read a negative subtext into the story. A reader could get the message that it's ridiculous to make friends with others, that clans should cohere, and that everyone else is 'other.' Why the heck can't a chameleon and a grasshopper be friends? Why can't a Jew and an Arab be friends? I do like the body language of the sad chameleon, though, as he tries to be empathetic and akin to the grasshopper, and the cockatoo, etc....more
Through Neruda's voice we're reminded that a cat, a spoon, a table, an onion, a flower, are all worthy of poems written just for them. Through his eyeThrough Neruda's voice we're reminded that a cat, a spoon, a table, an onion, a flower, are all worthy of poems written just for them. Through his eyes we're reminded of the wonder of the common things themselves, and of the wonder of their significance and place in the world. Lovely lines and arresting ideas knit themselves into poems even children can appreciate (and, perhaps, imitate for a classroom lesson).
The book itself is wonderful, too. The illustrations are either of two different kinds of spoons, or two views of a certain kind of flower, heading the Spanish version of the poem and the English translation. Cook's art makes these common things uncommonly beautiful, too.
And Krabbenhoft's translation is masterful. I can only read bits of Spanish, but I was drawn to compare K's word-play and 'music' to Neruda's, and was impressed how K managed to capture Neruda's intent so well.
I want to own and often reread a copy of this gem. I want students of all ages to enjoy it, too. And I want to gift it to every friend who is interested in decor, design, architecture, whether or not they're interested in poetry. See for example the title facing page, in which spoons are clustered, bowls up, in a juice glass, looking just like themselves but simultaneously like a bouquet of flowers.
From Ode to a Table
... a single ray of summer light strikes like a sword upon this table sitting in the dark and greets the plums' transparent peace.
from Ode to a Dog
And he asks me with both eyes: why is it daytime? why does the night always fall? why does spring bring nothing in its basket for wandering dogs but useless flowers, flowers and more flowers?
from Ode to an Artichoke
All lined up, they were never more warlike than that day at the fair. ... But then along comes Maria with a basket on her arm. ... For the final act we reveal its delicious flavor, plucking it leaf by leaf, and devour the peaceable dough that lies at its green heart....more
(currently requesting from clan, because in the Oct. 2015 children's books group the discussion members say this prequel is better than the regular bo(currently requesting from clan, because in the Oct. 2015 children's books group the discussion members say this prequel is better than the regular books of the series... I'm reading the first and, after the children are chosen and introduced, and the adults are introduced, I'm losing interest...)...more
Oh! A new book by Appelt! With crows!! :grab: Start reading, start grinning. start reading 'aloud under breath' and grin bigger. Oh my. So fun. Plot,Oh! A new book by Appelt! With crows!! :grab: Start reading, start grinning. start reading 'aloud under breath' and grin bigger. Oh my. So fun. Plot, rhythm, rhyme, intriguing art style, and it goes up to 12 (not just 10). Yep, it's another winner from Appelt!...more
I've been trying for a couple of years to get any of the Jo MacDonald (grand-daughter of the farmer Old MacDonald) stories from my library system, butI've been trying for a couple of years to get any of the Jo MacDonald (grand-daughter of the farmer Old MacDonald) stories from my library system, but they haven't been sharing. Finally I was actually in Fallon, and so could pick this up. I'm glad I persisted! This is absolutely delightful, and joyfully educational. The notes are fairly extensive, with activities, more info, and an informal bibliography. Highly recommended to all parents and school libraries. Great gift for grandchildren and for classroom teachers....more
This Spanish edition is at Jackpot but they're not sharing. (I don't blame them.) I wish I could find English youtube or text - I've seen enough pix wThis Spanish edition is at Jackpot but they're not sharing. (I don't blame them.) I wish I could find English youtube or text - I've seen enough pix while hunting that I feel I have a sense of them. But this is the author of The Neverending Story - why isn't this (or his other children's books) more widely known in US?...more