I thought this book was very, very funny. The illustrations are fabulous and are integral to the story. Yes, even though this is an alphabet book therI thought this book was very, very funny. The illustrations are fabulous and are integral to the story. Yes, even though this is an alphabet book there is a story. It has a very sweet ending too. Young kids who have issues with delayed gratification, which is 99.99% of them at one time or another, will really identify with moose. Good alphabet book for all levels and an engaging story and wonderful illustrations; both are amusing and interesting. I loved it. 4 ½ stars...more
I wasn’t the slightest bit disappointed. In fact, I think this is my favorite of the 4 books.
I was charmed the minute I opened the book and saw a bunch of gorgeous rocks pictured on the 2 inside front covers, and then turned to the back to see if they’d show the same or different rocks or something else, and they were the same rocks but on the 2 pages of the inside back covers they are labeled with their names. Loved it! I would have poured over these pages as a child, choosing my favorites.
And then the information in the book proper is fascinating. I knew some but not all of it. The examples given were so, so interesting. I was completely captivated and would have been even more so when I was a rock and mineral fanatic and loved studying geology, especially volcanoes, and was avidly pouring over my copy of Rocks and Minerals.
A part of me wants to include more details in this review, including the descriptive terms and various examples used on the pages, but I’ve decided it will be more fun for readers of all ages to discover for themselves the contents of this book. It’s really wonderful.
The youngest children can enjoy the illustrations in this book; they’re outstanding, very beautiful. Children 7-13 can appreciate the more detailed information inside. As for independent reading, I’d say this book is for 8 or 9 and up, depending on the previous knowledge and the vocabulary of the person.
If I was 8-12 I’d have spent my allowance to have a copy of this book in my home library, and if I had children at home I’d make sure to have an owned copy there.
I fervently hope that this team creates more books in this nature series.
I’ll reread this book at least once before I (sadly) return it to the library, and I’m happy it will be available for borrowing in the future.
If I go on now it will sound like hyperbole, so I’ll stop now....more
I loved this book. The stories are marvelous. They’re exceptional. They’re incredibly deftly written. Each story is a gem, as is the entire narrative.I loved this book. The stories are marvelous. They’re exceptional. They’re incredibly deftly written. Each story is a gem, as is the entire narrative.
Though I thoroughly enjoyed the book, it wasn’t a comfort read for me. In fact, all my hypochondriac tendencies and fears about my future health status were activated, but I loved the stories anyway, despite feeling sad, infuriated, and especially really scared at times while reading. It greatly helped that the compassionate nature of the writer continually shines through the pages.
I haven’t enjoyed a short story book as much since I read How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer. Although I’ve always enjoyed reading essays, but my usual preference is to read novels and full-length non-fiction books rather than short stories and books of short stories. However, these are intersecting stories, with characters that sometimes make appearances in different stories. The stories also somehow feel as if they’re part of one story, and in general they do follow a timeline, from young to old, from students to experienced medical doctors. The whole thing worked really well. I thought the stories fit together so well even before I got to the last story, and that last story solidified the job of tying all the stories together.
These stories are published as fiction but all along they read as truth to me, and the last story makes clear that each does have a huge non-fiction component. That’s why this book is on so many of my apparently contradictory shelves.
I love the quote that starts the book: “If you don’t care for obscenity, you don’t care for the truth.” (It’s by Tim O’Brien from How to Tell a War Story. I can’t find that book at Goodreads but I probably wouldn’t add it to my favorite quotes anyway, even though I really like the quote and it definitely fits this book.) One of my big quibbles with medicine, ever since I was aware, from eleven years old on, is the dishonestly. When it comes to medical matters I value honesty above all else. (I recently took a continuing education class about end of life care and was tempted to write a long rant in the feedback section to their contention that what is most important when treating a patient is hope. Not for myself it isn’t; it’s honesty.) I appreciate that she has worked in palliative care.
I loved the San Francisco settings. I could identify most of them and am familiar with some of them. I always enjoy books that I can put on my san-francisco shelf. This book makes wonderful use of the city, its medical facilities but also many other places.
I really appreciated how skillfully the relationships and communications and miscommunications were explored, from cross-cultural, to supervisor-supervisee, doctor-patient, between lovers and between friends, between group members, etc.
As I read these stories I couldn’t help but be aware of the following of my feelings/beliefs: Don't get sick. Don't get disabled. Don't get old if not in perfect health, and be wealthy, not poor. And perhaps: Don’t go into medicine, or be careful it’s your true calling if you do. I have physicians in my family and I’ve watched many in the process of dying, so I’d already thought a great deal about these matters, but reading this book has caused enough of a shift that I think I’ll be looking at death & dying and doctor-patient relationships slightly differently.
I’m always impressed by and frequently enjoy writing by physicians. On the back inside cover of the book, in the bio section, it says that “She is an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she cares for older patients and directs the Northern California Geriatric Education Center and UCSF Medical Humanities.” She probably couldn’t have written this exact book without her medical training and practice, but it reads as a book written by a true writer, and I hope she writes and publishes more work. I’ll read it if she does....more