This interactive, hardbound, picture book on opposites is fun to read and my 5yo LOVES it. She will not let me flip the page to see the opposites. I lThis interactive, hardbound, picture book on opposites is fun to read and my 5yo LOVES it. She will not let me flip the page to see the opposites. I like that there are some advanced opposites (simple/complicated, ordinary/extraordinary, etc) so it's not a baby opposites book. ...more
A counting picture book using items from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I'm hoping that *one day* when Ellie and I make it there she'll already loveA counting picture book using items from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I'm hoping that *one day* when Ellie and I make it there she'll already love the pictures and be excited that she recognizes some pieces....more
I read this aloud to Ellie this summer at bedtime. I am liking the idea of introducing her to historical fiction. I'm thinking there will be a few boxI read this aloud to Ellie this summer at bedtime. I am liking the idea of introducing her to historical fiction. I'm thinking there will be a few boxed sets of American Girls books under the Christmas Tree this year :-)...more
It was ok. I feel the earlier books had a little more point to them. This was literally just a treasure hunt. Also this book featured Stink as a equalIt was ok. I feel the earlier books had a little more point to them. This was literally just a treasure hunt. Also this book featured Stink as a equal character. But we're done. Ready to move on to Little House or Anne of Green Gables or something....more
Umm, so we are totally reading these in the wrong order! We started with #6, then #2, now #1. Good thing my audience doesn't care.
Apparently some librUmm, so we are totally reading these in the wrong order! We started with #6, then #2, now #1. Good thing my audience doesn't care.
Apparently some librarians are not recommending these for today's kids because, being 50 years old, they are 'outdated.' Other than Beezus getting a sewing box for her 10th Bday I can't see any reference at all that would make these not seem like they were written today. Ellie and I love the cuddle time we get together as we read about all of Ramona's adventures. I give this three stars instead of more because, being the first book Ramona was much younger and much more tantrum-y. A little less endearing in her 'adventures' than the other books. ...more
UPDATE: OhMyHannah! I finally finished this flipping book. I really appreciated the information and content. As a 30 year old I can look back at the sUPDATE: OhMyHannah! I finally finished this flipping book. I really appreciated the information and content. As a 30 year old I can look back at the story of the Nazis and say, "What the?!! How could a whole international community even ALLOW this dynasty to begin?" This book will answer that question. The story is of William Dodd, a mild-mannered college professor who is appointed ambassador to Germany after basically everyone else refuses the job. He brings his wife, his college age son, and his promiscuous married daughter. We see the journey as they show up a little pro-Nazi and how slowly they descend into the literal center of terror. I had no idea at the time the US was isolationist and a bit anti-semitic. Anyhow - I now understand how the whole world just kind of let Hitler happen, until it was too late. Information and content: 5 stars Compelling-ness: 3 stars
Amid he chaos of my life (packing, cleaning, and listing a home - renting said home, moving, accepting a job offer, moving again across the country, etc.) this was not a quick read. Possibly in a more stable reading environment I would have been able to knock it out - but just over three months is the best I could do. Sorry Mr. Larson!
So I read Larson's The Devil in the White City for bookclub last year and the serial murderer part terrified me. His new release is also nonfic, about the US ambassador to Germany during the rise of the Third Reich and explains why we didn't jump in and stop Hitler sooner.
This is a firstreads win and I'm so pumped I won it. I love GoodReads!...more
I won this on goodreads - I believe it will go in my camera bag, since it is a "field guide". Really excited for a reference guide, though.
I got thisI won this on goodreads - I believe it will go in my camera bag, since it is a "field guide". Really excited for a reference guide, though.
I got this in the mail today and read most of it - it's divided into two sections "The Digital Environment" and "Image Editing". Since I didn't have my camera out I scanned the editing portion, as that will be more useful the more I practice shooting.
I can't believe how much I learned just in 60 minutes, though. I've had a goal of starting to get more serious about photography - rather than just being a mom with a DSLR who took one class in college understands how to shoot in manual. I'd like to practice enough that I could actually be GOOD at it. That of course will take practice, and I think throwing this little book (literally 6x4 inches) in the camera bag would help. I'm actually interested in more landscape/macro photography than people - and this little book could help me get on my way.
I probably learned more about how a camera works in the first 20 pages than my last 5 years of workshops and online classes I've taken. The sensor, image processor, dynamic range, creating HDR images, etc. I like how explanations are given for PC and mac. Cool.
Favorite marriage book - bar none. Recommended from my SIL. After they read this we all saw their marriage go from average to envious. This book has tFavorite marriage book - bar none. Recommended from my SIL. After they read this we all saw their marriage go from average to envious. This book has three parts:
1. Marriage 2. Intimacy 3. Teaching children about Marriage and Intimacy.
I actually have only read the marriage and children parts (eek) but those parts have helped my marriage tremendously. and I'm glad I read it when Ellie was young so I could decide early how to raise her without giving her a complex (the 'LDS Good Girl Syndrome'). Ellie knows more about babymaking and correct anatomical terms than most kids twice her age - and I'm ok with that. And for heck-sakes her husband better thank me that she won't get squicked out about intimacy. But right now it is hard to endure the judgmental looks when my kid busts out the v-word at church on sunday. It'll be worth it in the end, dangit!...more
Shelina is a thoroughly modern Muslim - a British Indian Muslim. Her ancestors were from India and converted to Islam and moved to Tanzania. When TanzShelina is a thoroughly modern Muslim - a British Indian Muslim. Her ancestors were from India and converted to Islam and moved to Tanzania. When Tanzania was granted independence from Britain, Shelina's father chose to take the offer as a British citizen to move to England. Moving into that environment has caused her family to closely examine which Muslim practices are/were part of their culture, and which were actually a part of Islam. This was the second book I've ever read about Muslim women, the first being Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, which could not be more DIFFERENT in portrayal of the life of a Muslim woman. I think this, more than anything, solidified my knowledge that Islam is quite wonderful, and all of the ugly atrocities in Muslim nations come from awful cultural traditions than anything the Qu'ran has ever said.
Shelina wrote this book about how as a modern Muslim woman, she chose the traditional path of an arranged marriage. When I read the book blurb I thought it would be more crazy tales along the lines of "hijinx ensue, lol". While she did include quite a bit of descriptions in first person voice of her experiences which were funny, much of the rest of the writing was expository. Not in a bad way - I sure do not know a lot about the Muslim faith (I know a little) and I appreciated the explanations. It seemed like those were the driest parts of the book, though.
What I do know about the Muslim faith was reaffirmed. It is a loving, peaceful, family-based religion. They adhere to a high standard of strict moral conduct: no drinking, immorality, immodesty, etc. The sanctity of motherhood and children is tantamount and life and society should be built around the traditional family unit. Listening to Shelina describe her standards, you could almost see her living in SLC and being mistaken for a Mormon (although the headscarf would be a dead giveaway). In fact there were so many similarities I was only left to one conclusion: whether you are an American Mormon or a British Muslim, we are all children of the same loving God - whether you call him Allah or Heavenly Father, he has the same standards and laws and loves us all the same. There were times when the similarities were quite striking. When Shelina went on her Hajj - her pilgramage to their sacred Kabaa in Mecca (which they call the house of their God) they all dress in white to remove materialism and individuality - so they all stand before Allah as equal spirits. They then perform symbolic rituals. Hmmmm.
There was part of the book she spoke about her spiritual journey. From blind obedience, to actively choosing conversion, to following the letter of the law, to following the spirit of the law, after that there was a little journey into mysticism. I started feeling a little nervous about that part . . . our LDS (Mormon) religion discourages delving into the mysteries of God (as, most assuredly, there is much our human comprehension is not up to the task) and stick to what we have been given as the path back to our Heavenly Father (that after all the good works we can do we still stand sinful and must accept the Savior as our mediator through Grace to gain admittance into Heaven). But the more I thought about it the more I saw the similarities of her journey with ours. In our religion after living the spirit of the law we are most assuredly encouraged to continue on our spiritual journey - one of stiriving to be more like the Savior and to literally develop a personal relationship with Him. This is a deeply personal and intimate spiritual journey that I could equate to that stage in her life. Where she discovered LOVE. God is LOVE. This is a beautiful story of discovery - both self discovery and spiritual discovery.
I wanted to end my review with an explanation of my four+star rating. Is the writing such that it's artistic and destined to be a classic in the auto-biographical genre? No. Lively and beautiful at times? yes. Dry and a little slow sometimes? yes. But there was one part of the book where she described her grandmother - her angel grandmother. Her grandmother who married a man of her loving father's choosing, who raised 10 faithful children of her own, and who rises every morning at 3 am for her daily prayer with Allah. I felt this woman's spirituality, her closeness to God. I envied it. What a beautiful example. This woman was geographically, religiously, and generationally apart from me and has inspired me to be a better woman. A better Mormon. A better Daughter of God. And to be inspired in such a manner - well, was rather shocking for me :-) in a good way!
p.s. I think Shelina and I were spirit sisters separated at birth! I call myself a feminist Mormon housewife (in every positive connotation of the word) and well, I think we may have been cut from the same cloth. A highly educated, faithful woman who defies cultural traditions to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and become one of the most influential Muslim women in British society? You go, girl! :-) ...more