Fun book. This covers; ancient Egyption mazes (no longer standing); Mythological Greek mazes; French religious labyrinths; Sweedish stone mazes; the UKFun book. This covers; ancient Egyption mazes (no longer standing); Mythological Greek mazes; French religious labyrinths; Sweedish stone mazes; the UK's turf, hedge, and water mazes; North American woven mazes, and maize mazes; and South African soekershof mazes.
This book is very well-balanced. Each time you begin to feel that humans are a contemptable, thoughtless, cruel bunch, you are given a heaping helpingThis book is very well-balanced. Each time you begin to feel that humans are a contemptable, thoughtless, cruel bunch, you are given a heaping helping of hope; how the Choctaw Tribe came up with 710$ to aide famine victims, how British citizens stepped up when the government would not, how India pulled together 14,000 pounds. Aide also came from Scotland, Wales, Turkey, Russia, Canada, Argentina, Venezuela, Australia, and South Africa.
Finally, it's nice that Tony Blair came forward in 1997 to acknowledge the cruel injustice, and apologize to the Irish for the role of England in creating the problems, and failing to remedy the situation. It was an apology/acknowledgement that was a long time coming...
This Great Escapes book will definitely be passed along to my nine year old son. ...more
This book is chock-full of information *ehm*(cough)propaganda*erhm* about the development and usefulness of vaccines. Hey. I get that this is a book foThis book is chock-full of information *ehm*(cough)propaganda*erhm* about the development and usefulness of vaccines. Hey. I get that this is a book for young people, but if you're going to teach any subject matter, you need to tell the whole story, not just the high points. --especially when you're talking about something that you may, or may not, be considering injecting in to your body --
Modern controversy aside, developing "safe, effective" vaccines was not all sunshine and rainbows as this book might lead you to believe. The multiple polio vaccine debacles weren't even that long ago! (not sure what I'm referencing? Start here. http://www.henrymakow.com/hidden_hist... It's part of vaccine history and should not be glossed over!)
Whatever your position is in the vaccine debate, it's simply not honorable to deny facts regardless of how they help, or hurt your point of view. ...more
This is the story of a five year old Polish girl who loses her family, one-by-one, until she is an orphan. She is shuffled around to distant relativesThis is the story of a five year old Polish girl who loses her family, one-by-one, until she is an orphan. She is shuffled around to distant relatives, friends of friends, and strangers, in an effort to keep her hidden from the Nazis. At age eight, Lola spends nine months in a 6' X 6' dirt hole beneath a root cellar with three strangers who would rather not have her there. Once out of the hole, she is pointed in the direction of a stream of people who are walking east towards Russia. She is left to her own devices. It's truly amazing how kind and generous some people were, sharing what little they had, and risking their own lives to help strangers. It's equally amazing, how many people were simply indifferent to the suffering of others, particularly, orphaned children. I am always in awe when I read holocaust survival stories, of how people managed, with no permanent addresses, telephones (computers), etc to track down friends and family. A man on the street may recognize a former co-worker's child and track down someone, who knows someone, who knows someone who might know someone who can locate an Aunt, Uncle, cousin, etc to help care for the child.
The reason that I did not allot five stars for this book, was that throughout the first half, a TON of tiny bits of information were rapidly presented, with little to no follow-up (even considering that it's a children's book). More detail would have been great. The second half of the book, however, was amazing, both the story itself and the detail provided.
I would recommend that this book be reserved for older children, at least 10 or 11 years old, as there is a fair amount of brutality and cruelty described....more
This is choose your own adventure at it's finest! The book is divided into three separate sections, each section filled with a myriad of storyline optiThis is choose your own adventure at it's finest! The book is divided into three separate sections, each section filled with a myriad of storyline options. You can fight battles as a knight in the 1100's, explore life in a royal castle in the 1200's, or, my personal favorite, experience the terror of the black plague in the 1300's. There are a few pages of applicable history lessons in the front and back of the book, as well as a timeline, suggested reading, and a few discussion starters. I love that learning history can be gritty, and fun. ...more
First, just let me say that the synopsis should perhaps be changed to indicate that this is the MOSTLY true story of Edith Schwalb. At the end of theFirst, just let me say that the synopsis should perhaps be changed to indicate that this is the MOSTLY true story of Edith Schwalb. At the end of the book, in the author's note, you find out that some names have been invented (fair enough, Edith couldn't remember everyone's names when recounting her story), and that a boy who seemed to play a prominent role in Edith's adjustment to hiding, truly was at the Moissac house at the same time as Edith, but the two did not meet while there. They met years later, in Toronto, after the war.
The predominant theme of the book is, and I quote, "Every time she felt herself starting to relax, something happened to jolt her back to this scary reality." The idea of how difficult it must have been for these youngsters to leave their families behind, and the uncertainty of it all (would they be safer in hiding? Where are their other family members? Are their mothers/fathers/sisters/brothers alive? When would it all end, or would it end at all?) was captured very well. It's one thing to be brave, and suffer through some very hard times when you know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but the tunnel for these children was cold, dark, and seemingly unending.
I was rather irritated that Edith's age was not revealed until 69 pages into 144 page story. Although throughout most of the book, I was critical, and eager to finish it and move on, at the end, I was moved to tears. ***spoiler*** Edith's family, who had been split three ways, was eventually reunited, except for her father. He was taken by the gestapo, and his whereabouts and fate where unknown until the last few pages of the story. It turns out that he had been taken to Auschwitz, and had survived(!), only to be one of the poor souls who were over fed by the the American soldiers who liberated them. He died one day after he was freed. He was unable to be reunited with his family, or even learn what had become of them....more
"Live for today, for tomorrow we my fry in the pan!" -page 38
I cannot imagine being a small child (or an adult for that matter) and having to spend a n"Live for today, for tomorrow we my fry in the pan!" -page 38
I cannot imagine being a small child (or an adult for that matter) and having to spend a night hiding in a small hole in the ground of a graveyard, under a sky darkened by the "smokey haze from the factories."
Page 113 "One family among hundreds being swept along with the tide, a sea of innocents simply following orders as dawn breaks and the sun begins to rise."...more
This book provided a nice break from the other fanatically religious book that I was reading (ladder of the divine ascent). I am really put off by theThis book provided a nice break from the other fanatically religious book that I was reading (ladder of the divine ascent). I am really put off by the idea that one should abstain from meaningful relationships with their fellow humans, but at least Louise De Marillac ended up not only serving the poor, but creating a huge circuit of people to do so with her!
Louise was a fanatically religious, possibly depressed or manic depressive type person... "Until now her life had been, in a way, like a ship without compass; fair winds had wafted her brque into brief, pleasant places, only to assail it again by tempests that overpowered, leaving her limp and helpless in the wake of storm." "Death again. To end another chapter of Louise's life. It was always death that seemed to close chapters. The death of her mother had ended childhood for her almost before she had done with being a baby. It was the death of her father that had so drastically shortened her girlhood. And now, the death of a devoted husband would end all family life." "She knew only that it was the closing of another door-as so many had closed before, leaving her alone, and confused. Nagging doubts moved in on her again. Was her husband's death a punishment, a sign of God's displeasure?" "How easily might Louise have become bitter and resentful. Feeling unwanted, she might have grown up morbid and self-centered, but she loved God much too much for that. She accepted her sorrows-as she accepted her delicate health-as part of the cross our Lord asks all of his disciples to carry."
Despite Louise's persistence, she was repeatedly turned down to become a nun. she longed to "spend and be spent in God's service". "so Louise was at loose ends. She knew moments of peace, only to sink again into profound melancholy." "Yet Louise was intelligent, eager, and when not depressed, a charming woman."
Having been ushered into charity work, Louise began to find herself...or rather, a way to loose herself unto the service of God. She began handing out meals, advice, medical care, and the "good word". "Louise de Marillac had learned the best possible techniques in social work- through her own personal suffering. She taught sisters-in-the-making how to visit and help the poor in their homes, showing them how to become thrifty housewives, managing their meager budgets with intelligent frugality and prudence. She showed them how to teach poor housewives a little sewing and mending, cooking and cleaning-and she gave them personal instruction in child care."
"that was the secret of Louise's success in training her young girls. He gave to them daily, heroic example of every precept she explained." ""You shall be in the world," he would say, "without ever being of it. The spirit, the ays, and the language of the world shall surround you, without penetrating your souls. AND, BY RENOUNCING THE WORLD, YOU WILL ALSO RENOUNCE YOURSELF BY RESISTING ALL SELF-INDULGENCE OF BODY AND MIND."" -----this is what I dislike so much...
as for Louise... "The claims of maternal love she had foregone; the compelling call of art and beauty she had resisted; the friendship for those of her class and culture, had ceased to exist, except where they could be fitted into her life as a servant of the poor."
Fantastic. I'll probably wait a few years before suggesting it to my 8 year old son, but it is a must read.
My favorite part, When Hana's mother tells heFantastic. I'll probably wait a few years before suggesting it to my 8 year old son, but it is a must read.
My favorite part, When Hana's mother tells her two young children to be thankful for what they have(a big yard to play in, places to explore, each other), and to not be angry or upset about what has been taken from them(friends, freedom, going to school), This is what is said:
Hana and George were grateful to have each other and they did play together, but it didn't make them feel any better about all the things they couldn't do anymore, all the places they couldn't go. PAGE 25
Very real. Usually you hear about somber, chin-up kids who simply smiled and agreed that they were lucky to have anything at all.
What I am left wondering though, is whatever became of the glass bottle full of vents and frustrations that Hana and her brother George wrote up and then buried in their yard...
This book is amazing--it should be required reading for high school history classes!
This book provides an incredibly detailed, up close and personal lThis book is amazing--it should be required reading for high school history classes!
This book provides an incredibly detailed, up close and personal look at the unbelievable events and people surrounding the witch hunt and trials that took place in Salem. The book, or perhaps just history itself is absolutely mind-blowing, and the book is, for the most part, very well written.
Court documents and personal diaries are used to reconstruct the events and emotions from just before the witch hunt to many years after. As in a novel, you come to know the "characters" involved which makes it very easy to follow events without feeling overwhelmed or lost. If you should happen to become confused, in the back of the book you will find a summary/description of 29 key people involved (both witches and accusers), a chronology of events from 1689 through 1706, a list of dates and names of those hanged and those who died in the dungeons as well as chapter by chapter notes on sources (separate from the bibliography). You will also find a family tree for the key family involved in the accusations which is very helpful at first due to the unoriginal use of the same names generation after generation.... There is also a map (for what its worth) of Salem village and the surrounding areas.
This is a fantastic book. I highly recommend it...to anyone...to everyone. You just cant put it down....more
One might refer to a person like myself as being "scientifically challenged", but even I was able to enjoy this book. I found it to be well written andOne might refer to a person like myself as being "scientifically challenged", but even I was able to enjoy this book. I found it to be well written and easily accessible to anyone. I fully understood and enjoyed where three of the experiments/experimenters were coming from and was able to appreciate the rest of them even without a full grasp on what was happening. I think that they were explained well.....I just have trouble wrapping my particular mind around certain concepts. I waited a while to review this one hoping to come up with something really fantastic to say about it.....alas, I have given up. I cannot do it justice. The best thing I can say to you about this is simply "READ IT"!
I HAVE TO COME BACK AND ADD A COUPLE OF EXCERPTS.....
For and old sailor like Albert Abraham Michelson, what Maxwell was describing ("There are no landmarks in space; one portion of space is exactly like every other portion, so that we cannot tell where we are. We are, as it were, on an unfuffled sea, without stars, compass, soundings, wind or tide, and we cannot tell in what direction we are going. We have no log which we can cast out to take a dead reckoning by; we may compute our rate of motion with respect to the neighboring bodies, but we do not know how these bodies may be moving in space." -James Clerk Maxwell, Matter and Motion) was a nightmare---to be adrift on a windless night without a star to guide you. Michelson had learned his physics as a young man in the U.S. Navy, both at the academy in Annapolis and on the ocean, practicing the art of navigation. You had to forget Copernicus, think like Ptolemy. You and your ship were at the center with the orbiting stars as your guide. In reckoning your postion, you would take into account the velocity of your vessel, adjusting for the speed and direction of the wind. But as lost and confused as a young ensign might feel, he knew that his ship was in the crosshairs of some godly eye--precisly at a certain latitude and longitude. Surelly the same must be true as we sailed the universe. There had to be some kind of standard, something fixed to measure by. (chapter 8)
(chapter 9) William James circa 1890...."The self-same atoms which, chaotically dispersed, made the nebula, now, jammed and temprarily caught in peculiar positions, form our brains; and the 'evolution' of the brains, if understood, would be simply the account of how the atoms came to be so caught and jammed."...more
This is a great book. My only complaint was that the author fell flat on her descriptions of what should have been some exceptionally picturesque scenThis is a great book. My only complaint was that the author fell flat on her descriptions of what should have been some exceptionally picturesque scenery. She does, however, almost make up for it with her perspective on how a young child would interpret, and feel about the things that were going on around her. The lacking descriptions just really nagged on me though, because there were several great starts of vivid imagery that just fell flat.
Here are some awesome excerpts:
pg 26 - *there is a lot that is said before and after this that is great, and belongs here, but I couldn't just transcribe the whole freaking page...* It was all imaginary, anyway- not real. It was only in fairy tales that people were called upon to be so brave, to die for one another. Not in real-life Denmark.
pg 42 Annemarie stared at the window where the sky was outlined and a tree branch moved slightly in the breeze. Everything seemed very familiar, very comforting. Dangers were no more than odd imaginings, like ghost stories that children made up to frighten one another; things that couldn't possibly happen. Annemarie felt completely safe here in her own home, with her parents in the next room and her best friend asleep beside her. She yawned contentedly and closed her eyes. It was hours later, but still dark, when she was awakened abruptly by the pounding on the apartment door.
pg 5 For Kirsti, the soldiers were simply part of the landscape, something that had always been there, on every corner, as unimportant as lampposts, throughout her remembered life.
pg 9 "When will there be cupcakes again?" "When the war ends," Mrs. Johansen said.
pg 69 Suddenly, here in this sunlit kitchen, with cream in a pitcher and a bird in the apple tree beside the door- and out in Kattegat, where Uncle Henrik, surrounded by bright blue sky and water, pulled his nets filled with shiny silver fish- suddenly the specter of guns and grim-faced soldiers seemed nothing more than a ghost story, a joke with which to frighten children in the dark....more
This book wont take you long to read both because it is short, and because you cannot put it down. I was so shocked and horrified by the things that IThis book wont take you long to read both because it is short, and because you cannot put it down. I was so shocked and horrified by the things that I read in it that I found myself reading random chunks of it aloud to my husband so that I would not be alone in the experience. As disturbing a read as it is, I ran right out and bought it once I returned the libraries copy. (I actually purchased the night trilogy...it contains Night, Dawn, and The Accident. I have not read Dawn and The Accident yet. I am leaning towards reading this trilogy soon...the poor book has been on my shelf for three years now...)...more