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The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn
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Aug 12, 2011
Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives
3.5 stars.

I like this one because it actually highlights the fact that Edison was the Steve Jobs of his era. Like Jobs's, he's the household name eve...more
May 29, 2013
Apr 19, 2013
How to Talk to an Autistic Kid
I am writing this on my phone so apologies for any typos. I'd rec this for elementary school kids, both with and without autism. This book would be an...more
Sep 22, 2011
Sep 22, 2011
Small and Tall Tales of Extinct Animals
This book could easily be subtitled: The Species Humanity Helped Wipe Out. Small and Tall focuses on 27 species that went extinct during the period of...more
May 19, 2013
Feb 01, 2013
Just Ducks!
Another book from the Stars so Far list. Just Ducks is sneaky because, aside from the 'footnotes,' it looks like a normal picture book. Then you get t...more
Oct 23, 2012
Oct 23, 2012
Island: A Story of the Galápagos
Despite having quite a bit of schooling, Island highlighted gaps in my knowledge. For example, I never knew about the existence of marine iguanas and...more
Oct 09, 2012
Oct 09, 2012
Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle
Making my way through the current Stars So Far list.

Since I know myself fairly well, I am quite certain that if I found myself in the ocean surrounded...more
Sep 25, 2012
Sep 14, 2012
The Beetle Book
Making my way through PW's current Stars So Far list.

This book is an excellent beginning resource on beetles. I had no idea that lightning bugs or l...more
Sep 23, 2012
Sep 23, 2012
The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity
I picked this off the Stars So Far list because the rover Curiosity had recently landed successfully on Mars. I admit to being teary-eyed while readin...more
Oct 16, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship
I've enjoyed whatever Russell Freedman books I've come across in the past, so when I saw this on the Stars so Far list, I knew I had to read it.

Oct 19, 2012
Oct 19, 2012
A Black Hole Is Not a Hole
Found via the Stars so Far list.

I have long been an advocate of reading children's nonfiction books if an adult wants an introductory exploration of...more
Oct 15, 2012
Oct 15, 2012
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95
Day Two of no power, thanks to Sandy, and again writing this out long-hand. Cell phone access has been very sporadic so I can't get online at all. I m...more
Oct 30, 2012
Nov 04, 2012
The Story of Jim Henson
This was a fascinating book. The author is Stephanie St. Pierre who, according to the author's note, grew up with Lisa Henson. While it was published...more
Nov 16, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
Jim Henson: The Guy Who Played with Puppets
I specifically sought out this book as I've liked other books by Krull and the Muppet movie is being released in nine days. However, I was mildly disa...more
Nov 14, 2011
Nov 14, 2011
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot
Sy Montgomery's books got me interested in endangered and extinct species. I think I started with Journey of the Pink Dolphins and things snowballed f...more
Jun 16, 2013
Jun 16, 2013
Becoming Ben Franklin: How a Candle-Maker's Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty
From page 73: "The Constitution, which vests all power in 'We the People,' has proven to be the most successful document of its kind ever written. It...more
Jun 04, 2013
Jun 04, 2013
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World
Found this one because I am a huge Sy Montgomery fan. I knew of Temple Grandin, of course, but I didn't know anything about her. This was a great intr...more
Jun 16, 2013
Aug 24, 2013
Monster Hunt: Exploring Mysterious Creatures with Jim Arnosky
Ah, well, what to say about this book? I thought it was decent until I got to the lake monster section. Arnosky seems to be a fan of the lost plesiosa...more
Dec 19, 2011
Oct 05, 2011
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