This is a picture book story of the gorilla, Ivan, who was captured and displayed in a shopping mall with a zoo theme. Katherine Applegate wrote aboutThis is a picture book story of the gorilla, Ivan, who was captured and displayed in a shopping mall with a zoo theme. Katherine Applegate wrote about Ivan in her award winning story, The One and Only Ivan. There are multiple reasons for an author to write a longer book and a picture book about the same subject. First, adults often read a story to younger children who don't have the vocabulary or reading skills for the book yet. The children often want to read a story similar to or in conjunction with this story. Secondly, reading skills can vary to a large extent within a classroom or a family. In both of these cases, having two different books written at different reading levels creates accessibility and allows for group projects and group discussion. Thirdly, kids can be so interested in a story that they want to read this story in many formats. And finally, sometimes a shorter book is a gateway to a longer book. Ivan, The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla stands on its own as an accessible account of one story of man's incredible cruelty to animals. It encourages awareness, compassion and appropriate action. This books belongs in elementary and public library collections and is the kind of book that will encourage deeper discussion between parents, educators, religious groups and children. I hope that more authors are encouraged by Katherine Applegate's example and create stellar reading materials at different reading levels....more
I was delighted by this book, one of the first American novels to be nominated for The Booker Prize. The themes of love, loss, and family connection,I was delighted by this book, one of the first American novels to be nominated for The Booker Prize. The themes of love, loss, and family connection, humans' relationship to other animals, and science vs. ethics resonated with me. This book will be great fodder to book clubs who enjoy meaty (no pun intended) issues. ...more
Embracing Thomas Edison's adage that “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”, 99U and editor of this book compile hundreds of tips on how to mEmbracing Thomas Edison's adage that “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”, 99U and editor of this book compile hundreds of tips on how to move forward with your creative projects. Essentially, they recommend prioritizing the "big rocks" (your creative projects), reduce time spent on tasks such as e-mail and social media, be present, recharge, and build a routine that supports your goals. It sounds easy, but if it was, we would all be doing it! Because of this book, I have found the U99 website (http://99u.com/), a Webby Award-winning place, that features interviews, articles, and videos about "making things happen". I listened to the book (3 CD's) and then listened to them again, to make sure that I didn't miss anything. What's good about the book, is what is somewhat dissatisfying. It is essentially a mashup/summary of multiple authors work. It strives to find the essence in each of these authors work regarding the creative process and moving projects forward. As a summary, it is excellent. This book resonanted with me and it allowed me to decide to read more of one author and not to pursue others. For readers who are wanting more indepth discussion, this may not satisfy. ...more
This book was a gift from the author. I met Hana at the National Archives where she was researching a new book. Hana is delightful, engaged, and thougThis book was a gift from the author. I met Hana at the National Archives where she was researching a new book. Hana is delightful, engaged, and thoughtful. She would be a wonderful author guest for an event.
I have looked at some of the reviews and saw a mix of opinion. I found the book to be packed with historical detail, a sympathetic heroine, and a bevy of plot twists. I have read a lot of non-fiction and connected to the real historical figures (Eleanor of Aquitaine and The Pearl of Brittany). I listened to Sister Queens by Julia Fox at the same time and found that the Sixth Surrender echoed many of the themes of women struggling to hang onto their family inheritance and their marriages and being used as pawns by those who should love them.
The cover leads the reader to expect that this is a historical romance. There is definitely strong romantic elements, but sometimes the sex is a bit rough and unromantic. This is probably more historically accurate but less appealing to those who like their lust coupled neatly with love. The main hero is a bit of a flawed character as well.
I am planning on recommending this to readers who like detailed historical fiction like the Outlander series, as long as they don't mind a hero whose moral compass appears to wander a bit....more
Organizations and individuals want to harness the power of social media effectively. Contagious: Why Things Catch On provides a framework for understaOrganizations and individuals want to harness the power of social media effectively. Contagious: Why Things Catch On provides a framework for understanding how social influence (not just the digital kind) and behavioral economics shapes our decisions. He summarizes the book's lessons in his epilogue. The six main points are:
- Social currency. We share and choose things that make us look good or that engage, motivate, and make us want more.
- Triggers. What cues get people thinking about your idea?
- Emotions. Select high-arousal emotions that drive people to action
- Public. The more public a product or service is, the more it triggers people to take action
- Practical Value. Does sharing information about your organization, product, or idea help others. Are you highlighting rather than deluging?
- Narrative. Are you imbedding the key idea of your organization, idea, product into a story that people want to share.
These messages may seem intuitive, but Berger brings them to life with his clear, concise examples. I especially enjoyed learning about Tippi Hedren's connection to Vietnamese manicurists....more
Great narrative non-fiction! This is the story of two of Ferdinand and Isabella's children. They grew up on the battlefields of Spain and witnessed thGreat narrative non-fiction! This is the story of two of Ferdinand and Isabella's children. They grew up on the battlefields of Spain and witnessed their mother's triumphal entry into Granada. Their mother's strength did not protect them from or prepare them for the suffering that they would face at the hands of their father and husbands. In Juana's case, additional hardship was caused by her children. While women were useful in cementing alliances, men went to great lengths to ensure that women did not rule in their own right. This book will appeal to European History and Feminist History readers. In would also be enjoyed by those who love historical fiction about Tutor England....more
The author is an enthusiastic supporter of transportation options – especially light-rail, tramways, and trolleys (the subjects of this book). He captThe author is an enthusiastic supporter of transportation options – especially light-rail, tramways, and trolleys (the subjects of this book). He captures many stories about riding early urban transportation in Denver. Especially enjoyable was the story of the horse that rode the trolley on the downhill portion of the ride and relating how the trolleys were filled with celebrations at the end of World War II. This book is key to understanding the design and layout of several downtown streets. This is a good choice for fans of Denver local history....more
A J, the depressed protagonist, transforms when a baby is dropped off at his bookstore. He passes his love of literature onto her and she connects himA J, the depressed protagonist, transforms when a baby is dropped off at his bookstore. He passes his love of literature onto her and she connects him to life and community. This story is an ode to bookstores and books. It celebrates love over intellect and quirky old-fashioned choices over the mundane. It makes you want to run out and buy a bag full of books at your local bookstore just to keep it in business. A. J. deplores common literary devices such as books about widows and women who overcome tragedies such as the death of a imperfect spouse only to find true love the next time around. Amusingly, this book combines many of these devices into a coherent whole. There were definitely predictable moments but overall this was a fun , enjoyable read. Give this books to librarians, booksellers,and lovers of literary fiction....more
This beautifully illustrated Norwegian tale reminds one of Beauty and the Beast and Cupid and Psyche. It speaks of long road back from betrayal. SometThis beautifully illustrated Norwegian tale reminds one of Beauty and the Beast and Cupid and Psyche. It speaks of long road back from betrayal. Sometimes people betray the ones who have treated them the best. There is a failure to see the betrayed as they truly are. Once they are fully glimpsed, it is too late. The betrayal exacts a huge penalty on both the wronged party and the one who makes the mistake. In the end, redemption is possible only after a long, almost impossible struggle and if true love exists. As with all enduring fairy tales, there is a beauty and a darkness. A small mistake can have grave consequences. The reader can learn something about human foibles and recovery. Highly recommended to lovers of fables and fairy tales....more
Some people feel that this is a top contender for a Newbery in 2015 and I think it stands a strong chance. The book deals with serious topics: a lovelSome people feel that this is a top contender for a Newbery in 2015 and I think it stands a strong chance. The book deals with serious topics: a lovely neighbor facing the onset of Alzheimers, making new friends after a move, protecting natural environments and animals/birds, and dealing with a parent who is often away. It also honors the creative drive that so many kids have and speaks to their dedication. These topics are interwoven into a believable story. The kids are given a lot of freedom to explore and connect with nature. They make good choices and are thoughtful and kind. If your world or your child's world isn't like this, you wish that it were. A great summer read for 3-5th graders....more
My daughter and I visited Atlanta and Empire State South. We had a lovely time. The service was delightful and the food was yummy. This cookbook was aMy daughter and I visited Atlanta and Empire State South. We had a lovely time. The service was delightful and the food was yummy. This cookbook was a Mother's Day present and always reminds me of that wonderful evening.
I have made six different recipes from the cookbook thus far. All have been delicious (except the cornbread. That was great for croutons for the soup, but made poor eating). Everything else was top-notch. I like recipes that are a bit out of the ordinary, but harkening back to the food you grew up with but that is fresher and healthier. Empire State South offers the sort of nouvelle southern cuisine that gets you back in the kitchen experimenting....more
I read the 2009 version of this book. This book interlaces the story of the civil rights movement with the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. This is a gooI read the 2009 version of this book. This book interlaces the story of the civil rights movement with the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. This is a good introduction to these heroes of World War II. The Tuskegee Airmen had a better record than their white counterparts and it was their success that helped integrate the armed forces. The photographs add richness to the concise but meaningful text. The story of the Tuskegee Airmen should not be forgotten....more