I'm sorry, but this book was just stupid. It turned out the person who recommended it to me hadn't even read it himself. What a tragic waste of time wI'm sorry, but this book was just stupid. It turned out the person who recommended it to me hadn't even read it himself. What a tragic waste of time when there are so many worthwhile books out there waiting to be read and so few opportunities to read them!...more
I decided to liberate myself from this book about halfway through. As others have pointed out, this book is primarily a collection of case studies, anI decided to liberate myself from this book about halfway through. As others have pointed out, this book is primarily a collection of case studies, and most of the subjects were diagnosed as adults. Lots of variations of "now that I know I have ADHD, I look back on my childhood and everything makes sense." But I have two young sons with ADHD and I am looking for practical advice on how to handle them and how to help them overcome the challenges of ADHD in school and at home, and this book doesn't have any of those answers....more
I read this years ago as a child and just finished re-reading it with my 7-year-old son. It actually touched off a lot of interesting discussions abouI read this years ago as a child and just finished re-reading it with my 7-year-old son. It actually touched off a lot of interesting discussions about what has changed and what has stayed the same in the years since the book was first published in 1967 (my son piped up with all kinds of objections throughout the book, like "what about the motion detectors and the lasers around the art?"). Of course today admission is no longer free at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, no one is allowed to bring in backpacks and instrument cases, and it took me a good 20 minutes to explain to my son what a typewriter was and how it's different from a computer keyboard. Given these dramatic changes in technology and security, it's even more to Mrs. Konigsberg's credit that her book has endured throughout the decades, remaining as relevant and compelling as ever to each new generation of children and inspiring their interest in museums and art history. There is a terrific issue of Museum Kids available for free download on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's web site, written for kids, that includes an article written by the author about how she was inspired to write the book, as well as follow-up information to help kids find the different exhibits described in the book. It also tells which exhibits have been changed or removed, including the restaurant fountain which now resides in South Carolina. ...more
**spoiler alert** This is an interesting, thought-provoking read for adults, but a HORRIBLE book to read to a child. My mother read this to me repeate**spoiler alert** This is an interesting, thought-provoking read for adults, but a HORRIBLE book to read to a child. My mother read this to me repeatedly when I was a young child and I very vividly remember feeling this awful, heavy guilt every time she read it to me. I definitely felt that the boy in the story represented me, and that my mother was the tree, and the message I got from the story was that all children do is take from their parents until there is nothing left to take, sucking all of the life and possibilities out until the parent is nothing but a stump. This book can make a child feel that he or she is worthless and doesn't deserve to be loved and cared for. For adult discussion, this book can serve as a warning of what can happen if parents live only through their children without cultivating their own interests and pursuits. Any parent who feels like a tree stump when their children leave home has only himself or herself to blame, but children listening to this story will blame only themselves....more
Fascinating history of the haphazard, gruesome experiments that paved the way for the modern blood transfusions that are so crucial for modern medecinFascinating history of the haphazard, gruesome experiments that paved the way for the modern blood transfusions that are so crucial for modern medecine. 17th century transfusion experiments were performed without anaesthetics and with moral abandon -- blood donors more often than not were bled to death, and test subjects were recruited without consent (dogs and other animals, a fifteen year old boy, and a mentally ill patient who was kidnapped and transfused with animal blood against his will). This all took place before the discovery of blood types, anti-clotting agents and even basic sterilization procedures.
Tucker takes the time to explain what was known by medical science at that time, what was yet unknown, as well as the erroneous "truths" that the best and brightest minds believed in. Finally, I understand the bizarre practice of blood-letting as a recommended "cure" for illness: It was believed that blood was produced in the stomach and sent to the heart to be incinerated like fuel in a furnace. The theory held that the heart burned blood in order to heat the body. A patient with a fever, therefore, was suffering from an overabundance of blood, which is why bleeding a patient was recommended for bringing down fevers. Of course, many weak, feverish patients were more likely to have died from this cure than from whatever ailed them in the first place.
What compelled me to review this book, however, were the author's conclusions. Turner sees parallels in the political and moral debate surrounding stem cell research today with the controversy surrounding transfusion experiments in the 17th century, and espouses the view that the end (many lives saved by transfusions) justified the means (early scientists seeking personal glory who didn't know what they were doing, subjecting animals as well as the most vulnerable human members of their society to painful, gruesome experiments without any moral constraint whatsoever). Opponents of transfusion in the 17th century and opponents of human stem cell research today both voice concerns about the dignity of life, and fear that out-of-control scientists with oversized egos will create hybrid species monstrosities, or that vulnerable groups of people might be victimized and harvested for their blood or stem cells for the benefit of the wealthy and powerful.
I don't have an easy answer about stem cell research, but some of these worst-case-scenarios are already coming true in dark corners of the world. To brush ethical concerns aside by saying, "Look at transfusion's history, and that turned out alright" just doesn't cut it with me. ...more
Fascinating... It's hard to imagine how different the world was before humans harnessed electrical energy, and Bodanis keeps the story suspenseful andFascinating... It's hard to imagine how different the world was before humans harnessed electrical energy, and Bodanis keeps the story suspenseful and entertaining, with just enough technical explanations for the reader to understand the scientific principles without getting bogged down in the nitty gritty details. ...more
This took me several months to plough through because it was so damned DEPRESSING. All of the characters deliberately endeavor to make themselves miseThis took me several months to plough through because it was so damned DEPRESSING. All of the characters deliberately endeavor to make themselves miserable, and in the absence of any real difficulties in their lives (everyone has a roof over their head, food on their table, and someone to talk to) they come up with the most ridiculous things to complain about. I would also argue against its merit as a "great novel" because it lacks universality. Not even 100 years have passed since Lawrence wrote Women In Love in 1913, but already the characters' obsessions and motivations have become inscrutably alien to modern readers. There is no connecting thread of universal humanity that reaches out to new readers throughout the ages, as we see in Tolstoy or Dickens or Fitzgerald -- or Shakespeare. Hopelessness and despair in the absence of any causative hardship grows tedious after the first hundred pages. ...more
Cesar Millan's life story is inspirational, and his "dog philosophy" makes a lot of sense. There were plenty of aha! moments throughout the book whereCesar Millan's life story is inspirational, and his "dog philosophy" makes a lot of sense. There were plenty of aha! moments throughout the book where I thought, "So THAT'S what I was doing wrong last time I had a dog!" However, if you're looking for specific training tips, a step-by-step training guide, or a reference, this book is not the one you're looking for....more
This book is the best general overview that I've found for new machine embroiderers. In Chapter 2: Embroidery Products and Chapter 3: The Embroidery PThis book is the best general overview that I've found for new machine embroiderers. In Chapter 2: Embroidery Products and Chapter 3: The Embroidery Process, Twigg does a good job of introducing newbies to the mechanics of machine embroidery, including proper hooping technique, an overview of different types of stabilizers and their appropriate use for embroidery, and recommended placement of embroidery on common items such as shirts, towels, and linens. The troubleshooting guide in Appendix I is useful as well, and Twigg does address the most challenging aspects of machine embroidery for most beginners, with clear explanations. However, this book was published in 2001 and the entire first chapter covering equipment choices is hopelessly outdated. Floppy disks and proprietary design cards have been dinosaurs for a long time, and because technology changes so quickly, it really should have been left out of the book entirely. The projects featured in the last part of the book are, for the most part, unbelievably ugly and make you wonder why anyone would bother learning machine embroidery in the first place. For that reason, the CD containing the embroidery designs featured in these projects is not much of a bonus, in my opinion....more
This book came highly recommended by my kids' developmental pediatrician, and I bought it reluctantly, expecting yet another unrealistic book promisinThis book came highly recommended by my kids' developmental pediatrician, and I bought it reluctantly, expecting yet another unrealistic book promising miraculous transformations through elaborate sticker charts and token-and-reward systems. I was pleasantly surprised!
Donna Goldberg, who has worked professionally with hundreds of disorganized middle and high school students on a one-on-one basis, shares a wealth of insight into what it's like to be a student today and the variety of challenges kids face in managing paper, space, and time. The book is sprinkled with assessments to help you understand your child's school day, questions I never thought to ask but that immediately helped us to identify and solve some of the problems my son was having. Questions like, Where is your locker in relation to your classes? How often do you get to go to your locker throughout the day? How much time do you have between classes, and is there one teacher who always lets you out late?
Goldberg stresses that there are many different methods of organization, but the one that works best for your child will be the one that she or he chooses and sets up rather than something external that parents or teachers impose upon the child. Consequently, there are lots of options and variations for each area addressed in the book.
I read through this book off and on over a period of several months to understand the whole philosophy and process prior to attempting to implement anything, highlighting and flagging as I went along. Then I went back and reread highlighted sections to create an action plan for addressing these issues with my sons in the order suggested by the author. So far I've helped my 5th grader to reorganize his backpack and streamline his class binders (he doesn't have a locker yet) and the next step with him will be to set up his "portable office" for doing school work at home. With my older son, who has been lugging around a 50 pound backpack, I will have to tread carefully and ease him into streamlining his paper flow before we even think about his desk, but I think he may even like to read a few chapters of this book on his own to help him understand why we are doing this and "what's in it for him."
I highly recommend this book to any parents of middle school or high school students, but especially for those who are disorganized and/or who suffer from ADHD related executive functioning weaknesses, but with this caveat: You and your child will need to invest some significant time into implementing the strategies in this book in order to gain anything from it. If you're expecting to read the book and then instantly see miracles, you're going to be disappointed....more
Once again, Jan Brett's fabulously detailed illustrations and faithful retelling of a classic story won me over. One of our favorite Christmas storiesOnce again, Jan Brett's fabulously detailed illustrations and faithful retelling of a classic story won me over. One of our favorite Christmas stories, and a great one for counting practice, too....more