Well edited (not too short, not too long) and illustrated true story of Eleanor Prentiss, a female ship navigator who partnered with her husband to reWell edited (not too short, not too long) and illustrated true story of Eleanor Prentiss, a female ship navigator who partnered with her husband to reach the California Gold Rush by way of the ocean. The Prentisses set out to reach California via Cape Horn South America, and to do it faster than anyone ever had before. I won't tell whether they accomplished this feat but they endured a broken mast, furious storms, uncharted shoals, and a stint in the famous doldrums at the Equator. Introduces young elementary students (and all the rest of us!) to the sextant, the Clipper ship, the historical route by sea from the Eastern U.S. to the West Coast, the doldrums, and more. Should open up discussion and further investigation as to how the sun's position in the sky gives navigators their location, direction and tells them which way to go....more
This is a book about public policy and politics, not people. Although several people and families were profiled in this book, not much of an emotionalThis is a book about public policy and politics, not people. Although several people and families were profiled in this book, not much of an emotional connection was developed Knowing what I know about the debilitating effects of illiteracy on health, family stability, economic success and all other areas of life, I would have appreciated this and other causes and solutions as a look forward to partially healing American families and bringing their future generations hope. A book which simply exposes how little government assistance is being received and proposing it be more is not enough to make an emotional connection with the lives of real people who have a compelling story about where they are and where they hope to go....more
A few sentences into the first chapter of this book I knew there was something bizarre going on. The story of Sir White House Chef is a tale of one maA few sentences into the first chapter of this book I knew there was something bizarre going on. The story of Sir White House Chef is a tale of one man's service in the kitchen of "5 presidents .... for 34 years .... " and promises an engaging and entertaining story by the grandson of New Orleans restaurant owner Willie Mae Seaton.
I have not been this disappointed by a promise in a while. Chapter 1, the entire story of Ronnie's life from birth until his entry into the Vietnam War in 2 pages begins, "I left my bride and returned to the duties as a soldier at AIT .... then the Army, as promised sent me all the way to Vietnam. Soon after I arrived, I got a letter in the mail that would change my life. 'I forgot to tell you,' Ann Seaton wrote. 'I am pregnant.' " This bombshell was preceded by sentences like: "She [maternal grandmother] cooked for the nuns at the Catholic School where I attended, and my other grandmother on my father's side opened a restaurant." And, when towards the end of his senior year of high school he received a draft notice: " 'What!' I exclaimed. 'I am the only child, and I am not supposed to be going to war.' " He claims he planned to attend seminary and become a priest, then in the next sentence, "I planned at that young age to become a doctor." And then without further explanation, "I headed off to basic training because the Army would have its way."
I became so annoyed by the start of the second chapter, I searched for other reviews and lo and behold, "Sir" Ronnie, who claimed to have been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, honored for heroic service in the Vietnam War (captured just 10 days after arriving in Vietnam!), and hired by the White House, never worked for the White House, never served in Vietnam, and who knows if Queen Elizabeth ever heard of him. Late last year, the publisher withdrew this book and distanced itself from this author. I will be taking it back to the library. If you have it on your "To Read" list you might as well not even pick it up....more