As somebody currently mourning the recent change to standard time from daylight savings time, kudos to Franklin for first suggesting daylight savings...moreAs somebody currently mourning the recent change to standard time from daylight savings time, kudos to Franklin for first suggesting daylight savings time!
This book can’t help but be interesting, given that it covers many of Franklin’s valuable inventions, creations, and contributions, all still with us today in their original or adapted forms.
Overall, the book is very interesting, though I think it has a really stupid last line and last page of illustrations, but maybe that page appeals to kids; it probably does. Overall, it’s a worthy tribute to the man and makes clear how amazing he was.
The illustrations fill the pages, which are very busy with much to look at, text as well as pictures. The pictures are detailed, colorful and vivid, and informative.(less)
I’ve always loved Egyptian Hieroglyphs, and have read books about them and had (and given as gifts) kits with rubber stamps, and other hieroglyphs pro...moreI’ve always loved Egyptian Hieroglyphs, and have read books about them and had (and given as gifts) kits with rubber stamps, and other hieroglyphs projects. Reading this book, I find it truly amazing that these symbols/this writing were able to be deciphered.
Throughout the book and on a page at the end, there are various hieroglyphs. Having them included was crucial for this book. The ones interspersed with the story did break up the story a bit, but it was worth it to have them there.
What’s wonderfully inspiring about this story is it’s about a real boy/man, who from an early age, had a dream and determination to decipher hieroglyphs. How he persisted and succeeded makes for a thrilling story, and quite a bit of general history information is given too.
Along with the hieroglyphs, the illustrations here contribute immeasurably to the book; I really enjoyed them.
It’s quite an amazing story, made all the more impressive given that somebody’s lifelong dream came true, with hard work and never giving up. It’s a good story for kids to read (or have read to them), for if they have dreams they might feel confidence in going after them, and if they don’t have dreams they might give thought to developing one or more for themselves. It’s a particularly good book for children who are fascinated with hieroglyphs and Egyptian history, history in general, writing and language.(less)
This is an outstanding book (story and pictures and note/photo in the back) about an ex-slave veterinarian who believed in and taught kindness to anim...moreThis is an outstanding book (story and pictures and note/photo in the back) about an ex-slave veterinarian who believed in and taught kindness to animals. A horse he raised from its birth, he taught it to recognize the letters of the alphabet, colors, and do other remarkable things, all through patience and love.
I thought I’d heard of this horse, but it was actually another horse (mentioned in the author’s note) I’d heard of, and always thought the man was a charlatan. But Bill and Jim were a team, and this account makes clear Doc Bill believed in Jim and what they were doing.
What shines through most, and what I most liked about this story, is how this man and this horse did a lot regarding teaching children and adults to show that animals are capable of feelings and thoughts, and encouraging all people to treat all animals with kindness. This was a great message, and it’s still relevant today.
The illustrations are just wonderful, and the inclusion of a photo of Bill & Jim is a welcome inclusion. I love that Bill is shown from a young boy to an old man, and other horses and some dogs are also shown. Made clear is not only Bill’s kindness but his bravery also.
I got a chuckle the first time Jim came to Bill with a stick in his mouth.(less)
This book is packed full of interesting information about Canada place names, but I didn’t find the information quite as fascinating as I’d expected....moreThis book is packed full of interesting information about Canada place names, but I didn’t find the information quite as fascinating as I’d expected.
Actually, this reminded me of elementary school textbooks I read as a child, both the way the text was presented (though there are little sections that hold one’s attention on the pages) and even the look of the illustrations; that is not a compliment. I did enjoy the pictures and facts though, although I must say that even though when I was reading, I felt interested, the minute I finished reading each section, the information flew right out of my head, with just a few exceptions. And, don’t go looking for your favorite Canadian places, because the odds are they’re not listed; this book is far from comprehensive, which is completely understandable, but left me disappointed several times.
I love Canada, and my mother was born there, in Winnipeg, so I have especially fond feelings for it, and it’s why I felt delighted when I found out Winnie-the-Pooh’s name came about because of Winnipeg. There are a lot of fun facts in this book. The further resources and place names index are excellent.
This advanced picture non-fiction book is 96 pages long, and is definitely for older children, ideally for 8 or 9 to 12 or 13 year olds.
The Contents list is interesting and gives accurate information about what’s within: Contents: What’s in a Name?; Naming Canada; Cradled on the Waves: The Provinces of Atlantic Canada; Look to the East: The Provinces of Central Canada; Yoho!: The Provinces of the West; The Beautiful Land: The Territories of the North; Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!: Places Named for Birds and Animals; Water, Water Everywhere: Places Named for Vessels and Those Who Captained Them; Sweat and Toil: Places Named for Work; Dazed and Confused: Misspellings, Mispronunciations, and Plain Old Misnamings; Our Father: Names with Religious Origins; By Any Other Name: Names from the Pages of Books; What You See Is What You Get: Names for Physical Features; For Real?: Weird, Wacky, and Wonderful Place Names; First Names, Please!: Names from Native Canadians; Qu’Appelle?: Names from the French; The World at Our Doorstep: Names from Other Lands; After You, Your Majesty!: Places Named for Royalty; Boo!: Names with Ghostly or Spooky Origins; New Found Lands: Places Named for the Earliest Settlers; Making their Mark: Names from Black History; This or That?: Names of Change and Controversy; O Canada!: Places Named for Great Canadians; Not from Around Here: Places Named for Amazing Non-Canadians; Murder, Mayhem, and Missing Men: Names of Notoriety; Lest We Forget: Places Named for Significant Events; Let Me Tell You: Places Named for Signals and Signs; The Stuff of Legend: Places Named for Local Lore; Further Resources; Index of Place Names
2 ½ stars; ½ star bump up for the pleasure of the Contents list and the index and the additional resources(less)
Wow! This book is so depressing, made somewhat less depressing by Opal’s connections to various animals and plants, the fact that she was writing, the...moreWow! This book is so depressing, made somewhat less depressing by Opal’s connections to various animals and plants, the fact that she was writing, the fact that she seemed to feel some comfort in the presence of her dead parents.
Orphaned, living with a family that makes her work hard and seems to show her no affection, this is presented as a portion of her diary covering her 5th-6th year, a time when she was supposedly just learning to write, and missing many days of school due to her servitude.
Opal’s reaction to the death of “Michael Raphael” was so painful.
I almost laughed at the end when the author’s note painted an even grimmer picture of Opal’s life than did Opal’s own words, and how it ended with “And now you might want to start a diary of your own.” It struck me as funny because hopefully most child readers, after being saddened (devastated?) by Opal’s diary, hopefully their lives are better and their diary contents are less disturbing. However, this would make a good book to read with orphans, foster kids, kids who have to move, kids with otherwise difficult lives, and anyone who loves nature and its animals and plants.