Charming illustrations! In particular, the many dogs are great, including the main dog, Willy, who’s adorable. I felt joy while viewing each illustratCharming illustrations! In particular, the many dogs are great, including the main dog, Willy, who’s adorable. I felt joy while viewing each illustration, and it’s fun to search and find Willy on the second to last page.
The story might feel a bit suspenseful for young children or others who won’t recognize the formula ahead of time. I had a bit of a hard time with the family’s original decision, although I did understand it. Overall, I ended up liking the story, even though I have mixed feelings about it. Luckily, throughout, there was some humor to go along with the angst. And the illustrations really shine. I’ve always loved dogs and I’m sure that had I had this book read to me when I was young I would have looked at this book’s pictures over and over and over, paying attention to and memorizing all the details.
The reader is told on the title page that this story is “from a true story by Reiko Sassa” and that Marc Simont has retold (and illustrated) it. Because of that, I felt touched. If I’d assumed the story was entirely fictional I think I’d have been irked that the story was trying to manipulate readers’/listeners’ emotions....more
It’s a silly but educational story about a girl who wants to bake a cherry pie but she needs a few more things to do that, and the store is closed, so she, and her adorable dog, take a trip across the U.S.A. to procure the necessities. Along the way, the reader will learn about a few states, and other things such as how glass, cotton material for potholders, etc. are made. A link between natural resources and their end product is shown, in a fun way. The dog does the cutest things in many of the illustrations.
The illustrations are glorious. I loved them.
I thought that this one was just as much fun as the “See the World” book and would love it if books about other countries or continents and flavors of pie get published.
There is a (non-vegan) recipe for cherry pie included in the book, a recipe that could be easily veganized for vegan kids/families....more
The historical note at the end really shows what an amazing girl and woman Maria Sibylla Merian was. While reading the book I thought a Middle Ages giThe historical note at the end really shows what an amazing girl and woman Maria Sibylla Merian was. While reading the book I thought a Middle Ages girl having her dreams wasn’t very realistic, but it turns out she fulfilled those dreams, and it showed me yet again that people are people, no matter when or where they live or have lived.
I have really mixed feelings about this book. I both greatly appreciated and felt lukewarm about the illustrations. Difficult to explain, but I was ambivalent.
The real story of this girl is inspiring, and I appreciate how it shows kids that kids can do unique things, if they study what interests them. Personally, I am not an insect fan; I’m not even a butterfly lover. So, I didn’t feel any amazing sense of awe about this book’s subject matter. But, I do think it’s a good book to teach kids about metamorphosis in the animal kingdom. And the way the story was told wasn’t scintillating for me, but I think I’d have liked it more as a child, and this book’s target audience is children. Despite its more advanced nature, I recommend that the historical note or its information be read/imparted to even younger listeners. I’d say this book is ideal for children ages 5-8. I was fascinated by butterflies, frogs, etc. when very young; my feelings of repulsion came much later, so thumbs up for nature and science loving kids.
But Maria and her supportive family, and the information about Middle Ages beliefs was all interesting.
Edited to add: 1/2 star off. In fact, 2-1/2 stars, so really a full star off, but I'll leave it rated as a 3 star book. Please see the comments below, particularly the information Miriam gave me after I'd written this review....more
I love how the author reveals in the preface that her motivation for writing this story and its characters was her envy of those who need less sleep tI love how the author reveals in the preface that her motivation for writing this story and its characters was her envy of those who need less sleep than she does. Envy is a familiar feeling to me so I could identify with her and, in some respects, with some of the characters in this book.
This book has a fascinating premise, compellingly interesting characters, a riveting epic storyline, and (for the most part) creative future world building.
But, while they’re given adequate motivations, I still felt that too many characters were “too good” or “too bad” re their goals and behaviors and personalities. Some are a bit too much like caricatures. I did fall in love with a few characters and a few really scared me, and I like that the book had me caring as much as I did.
One of my favorite episodes appears on page 41: of course that’s how they’d rebel! I was highly amused.
I read this for a Goodreads’ online book club and I think there is a lot to discuss: about power, community, who belongs, who is us and who is them, about change (individual and societal) and re change and the lack of true stability or stagnation, and the whole letting the genie out of the bottle issue. A lot of the philosophies of the characters were certainly reminiscent of what’s going on in today’s society and people’s philosophical differences. What does society owe to its members? What type of society does one want in terms of interrelatedness, about genetic research for improvement re gender and appearance, and re screening for disease, and to what extent.
I know it’s a trilogy and for me this first book had a fairly satisfying ending, but Iwould have rather had an even better ending. I loved it but I’m not feeling compelled to rush out and read the next 2 books, but that is not atypical for me; I often thoroughly enjoy a book but then don’t continue on with its sequels/the rest of the series books.
I appreciated that reading this was thought provoking and I ended up being more sure of my beliefs and no less aware of my own feelings of envy under certain circumstances. As all good speculative fiction does, this says a lot about us, the way we are now, and there is a lot worthy of discussion between readers and introspective thinking....more
Delectable, sumptuous photos! They’re some of the most mouthwatering (and dangerous!) I’ve seen in any cookbook. Every recipe has its own photo and thDelectable, sumptuous photos! They’re some of the most mouthwatering (and dangerous!) I’ve seen in any cookbook. Every recipe has its own photo and they’re placed on the same pages as the recipes. I appreciate that. The whole book has a beautiful layout. I liked the different hued pages too. The trouble is, the recipes are way too tempting; hence my recommended to audience. I was enticed by nearly every single photo.
The cookie recipes are incredibly inventive and fun, and most look delicious to me. There are fortune cookies and dog treats and so much variety in types of cookies included.
Every recipe is accompanied by a note, and there are entire page notes with all sorts of tips. I like that this author has a couple blogs and this book, but she also shares other places to get cookies: others’ recipes and those purchased already made. One page is devoted to how to successfully mail cookies to give as gifts, a wonderful inclusion.
The ingredients needed to make these recipes are easy to find and the recipes look doable, and this from someone who hasn’t sifted flour for decades.
Some of the cookies have very unusual flavors, some are familiar old standards; there is a huge variety, and variations are given for some of the recipes.
I appreciated the healthier cookie section that gives information for those wanting cookies that use whole grain flour, or are lower fat, or lower in sugar, or allergy or gluten free, and one gluten free recipe is included.
I’m impressed that Peloza started writing this book while she was in high school! And this book is a huge accomplishment for her and a gift to the vegan cookbook genre. And, it may sound strange to say for a cookbook that doesn’t have a lot of text, but the author is a fine writer as well as cookie baker.
I know the Peanut Butter Dog Treats will be a hit with all the dogs I know, and they look healthy too. So, I most want to make those. The Fortune Cookies would be so fun to make, with fortunes of course, because I’ve only once seen commercial fortune cookies that don’t contain cow’s milk and/or egg, and have never been to a restaurant that has vegan fortune cookies. Even though any recipes can be altered, I appreciated the inclusion of the Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. The other cookies I most want to bake/eat are the Orange Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Bakery-Style Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (with a hint of maple), Kelly’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies, Garrick’s Chocolate chip Cookies, the Pink Lemonade Cookies, the Chocolate Peppermint Wafer Cookies, and the Autumn Clouds Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. Also amazing looking: Chocolate Peppermint Cream Bars, Chocolate Jam Thumbprints, Cashew Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peanut Kiss Cookies, Almond Cloud Cookies, Pixies, Orange Vanilla Dream Bars, Soft Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, Soymilk’s Favorite Cookies, Candy Cane Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Scotchies, English Toffee Squares, Adorable Bleeding Heart Sandwich Cookies, Inside Out Peppermint Patties, Vanilla Sandwich Cookies, Iced Caramel Cookies, Ginger Snaps, Four-Way Chewy Ginger Cookies, Cinnamon Roll Cookies, Espresso Chocolate Chip Shortbread, and Soft and Delicious Oatmeal Cookies. I also thought it was a fun touch to include information on how to Make Your Own Sprinkles Kit, a butter cream (various flavors possible) frosting recipes, and a recipe for marzipan.
Ackknowledgments Introduction 1. How to Be a Cookie Connoisseur 2. Cookies Inspired by Drinks 3. Totally Nuts and Seeds! 4. Blissfully Chocolate Cookies 5. No Bakes 6. DIY Versions of Mass-Produced Cookies 7. Fruity Cookies 8. Bar Cookies 9. A Take on Tradition 10. Helathier Cookies and Baking for Specific Needs 11. Nostalgia: Everyone’s Favorite Cookies 12. Cookies You Would Find at a Tea Party 13. Decorating Ideas and Recipes for Homemade Cookie Fixin’s Index Conversion Chart
My Goodreads’ friend Chrissie recently asked me if reading all these vegan cookbooks weren’t making me hungry. Well, this one, even though I was careful to read it at times when I wasn’t physically hungry, almost did me in. It’s a wonderful cookbook and I can, without reservations, recommend it to all vegans who eat cookies and it’s also 100% gift worthy for any occasion....more
Since I’ve been a kid, I’ve had what I consider a practically obscene interest in reading about cancer patients, particularly young cancer patients. MSince I’ve been a kid, I’ve had what I consider a practically obscene interest in reading about cancer patients, particularly young cancer patients. My interest apparently continues.
This is one of the good ones. For me that means it feels as if it’s an honest account about what it’s like to have cancer and what it might be like to have someone close to you have cancer. It’s the story of two girls, who narrate alternating chapters. They’re in high school and have been best friends for nearly half their lives. They met in dance class and dance is a passion for both of them. One of them is diagnosed with stage four lymphoma, and her illness is a major focus in this story.
I inhaled the book in one day. (It was a welcome break from my book club group and a good book in which to immerse myself before I dive into various group books, non-fiction and fiction books I want to read for just me, and my last 2011 continuing ed class.) I got invested in the characters. They were so frustrating, but they seemed authentic and the various situations and arc of the story seemed, for the most part, authentic.
This was published in 1995 and parts do seem like a period piece; for instance, there are no cell phones, but this is a character driven story so I just noticed such things in passing. It’s not a perfect book but the fact that I read it in one day, didn’t want to put it down, and was completely engrossed earns it four stars from me. According to my book there was a sequel being written; I might check it out although I suspect I won’t rush to read it....more
The “and Me” part of the title is on the back cover. So, at first glance it looks as though the title is “The New Girl…”
Peculiar book. I didn’t get itThe “and Me” part of the title is on the back cover. So, at first glance it looks as though the title is “The New Girl…”
Peculiar book. I didn’t get it. I’m not a fan. I expected to be. I knew it was about a new girl at a school. I had to attend schools out of my area a few times while in elementary school, and I was used to kids coming into my classes mid-year. While working in school settings, having kids come in mid-year was not uncommon. So, I thought I’d enjoy that aspect.
I did like the iguana’s name; it was clever and funny. I did appreciate some aspects of one friendship that develops. I did like that the kids looked up some information in a book.
This might be a book some boys would like, or kids who are fascinated with lizards, and perhaps it would be a good book to use to discuss bullying, but I’m not certain it would be the best choice. I personally would not choose it to read to kids, and definitely not to kids about to change schools, even though there’s basically a reassuring ending.
There was a lot of mean spiritedness, which can have a fine place in children’s stories, but here it wasn’t addressed, at all really. I was confused as a whole bunch of bullying and meanness was sort of thrown out there but nothing of import was said about it.
The illustrations are okay. I liked them, but I didn’t fall in love with them.
Nothing about this book was a standout for me.
I’m afraid I’m not getting something as I just looked and this book has a high average rating here....more