I want my entire family and all of my colleagues to read this book. People who work with traumatized children must read this. Vance tells his story ofI want my entire family and all of my colleagues to read this book. People who work with traumatized children must read this. Vance tells his story of growing up in Kentucky and Ohio. His childhood is full of violence, addiction, alcoholism, poverty, and you-name-it. These are all issues that we read about in academic writing, the popular press, and our professional journals; they are things we feel we cannot fix anymore. Vance clarifies and adds context to so many issues that I deal with daily in school. By the end of the book, you don't simply empathize with the kids, you can feel their visceral, irrational reactions to triggers around them. And the triggers? They are, simply, everywhere. Vance does not offer a magic bullet for me to help "fix" these kids. But I have seen a light through those unintelligible mazes that the kids face and that give the children so much anguish on top of their trauma. The mazes are embedded in, and I have no other way of labeling it, our normal, middle-class, American life; its expectations, networks, and rewards. I see that I may just be able to help some of them become less responsive to the triggers in this foreign middle-class life and perhaps engage in the world as I know it. Vance is the voice of these traumatized children....more
One of the most often-stated reasons Dutch Oven cooking enthusiasts give for using the vessel is that it puts them in touch with the past; it has a b
One of the most often-stated reasons Dutch Oven cooking enthusiasts give for using the vessel is that it puts them in touch with the past; it has a bit of history associated with it. I have to agree, for, as I cook in my Dutch Ovens, I am reminded of the explorers, settlers, long-hunters, mountain men, and chuckwagon cooks who mastered the oven long before I came along.
Fears, J. Wayne. The Lodge Book of Dutch Oven Cooking (Kindle Locations 1521-1525). Skyhorse Publishing. Kindle Edition.
I loved this book: the recipes, the history, the accessories needed to do true dutch oven cooking outside. I wish I were younger; I would run right out and spend at least $1,000 on equipment. That would probably go much higher if I got a state of the art keyhole fire ring. The quote cited above makes me chuckle. I would be a poor pioneer cook but an awesome one if given enough cash.
The recipes are great and very heavy on packaged mixes. I never use mixes, but I have put two in my Amazon shopping cart: the Pioneer Country Gravy Mix and the Louisiana Fish Fry Cobbler Mix. Whenever I want or need gravy or cobbler, it's always a last minute thing.
The audience for this book is extremely limited. I came across the book when a Lodge Cast Iron e-mail came to me yesterday. Their dutch ovens are 25% off this Memorial Day weekend. I looked at them, even though I have too many of them now. And I saw the book. I wish I was younger and richer!...more
I'm thinking that I want my own copy of this book for reference, but this audio version can be valuable for people beginning to learn about trees becaI'm thinking that I want my own copy of this book for reference, but this audio version can be valuable for people beginning to learn about trees because it sets a tone of reverence and respect for the topic. The book is about the ecosystems that trees live in and also create. Its about their families and life styles. And mostly, for me, it's about unintended consequences. We damage more than trees when we log and landscape. We disrupt and destroy millions of lives when we do these things, but we don't have the knowledge or connections to others to know we are disrupting and destroying their lives. I don't want you to think this book is about Evil Humans, or that it is a doomsday nature book . It is a fascinating and view-changing nature book. You will never look at trees in the same way you used to look, whatever that way was. You'll never walk the earth in the same way. You'll wonder what communications and supports are happening under the soil and in the canopy. You'll ponder the genealogies and biographies of the individual trees you encounter.
My personal favorite sections and discussions were about the arthropods and fungi that live in this world we humans inhabit yet don't inhabit. Aphids and mycelia are my most favorite topics in the book.
Get this book, read or listen to it, and be changed....more
This book is the result of Debbie Blue's meditations on our relationship with God and the many analogies, metaphors, and the myths of birds and birdsThis book is the result of Debbie Blue's meditations on our relationship with God and the many analogies, metaphors, and the myths of birds and birds with God.
Lately, my faith seems to be evolving and leading me to doubts I never thought I would have. Bell's faith is peaceful and truly inclusive. She may have lead me down a path that I need to go to resolve my doubts and restore my faith. She has put aside the violent images of Christianity. She poses questions that are unanswerable: did Christ want to be known as an eagle (powerful, strong, quick to enter battle) or a hen (nurturing, giving, sacrificial)? Do the images of power and strength that have been used in Christianity for centuries give us a true representation of the teachings that Christ gave us? Each of the ten birds in the book is an opportunity to explore themes in Christianity: pigeons (purity and impurity), hens (freedom and domestication), pelicans (sacrifice and giving), quails (desire and slavery), ravens (failure and trust), cocks (cockiness and betrayal), sparrows (contempt and compassion), ostriches (comedy and tragedy), eagles (power and vulnerability), and vultures (ugliness and beauty).
After reading this book, I think Blue has very valid points and new ideas. She often uses her stream of consciousness to connect natural history, myth, human history and Scripture. This style helps my own stream of consciousness; my mind wanders about, connecting seemingly unrelated images and facts and ponders new ideas.
Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible will enhance my worship in my fields and woods and gives me a level of knowing and observing that will enhance my life. I have much to meditate upon because of this and this gives me comfort. I will be returning to this book frequently to strengthen my understanding of Blue's ideas....more
A wonderful basic reference. I learned that more species pollinate than I thought: primarily accidentally by lying in wait for prey, like ambush bugs.A wonderful basic reference. I learned that more species pollinate than I thought: primarily accidentally by lying in wait for prey, like ambush bugs. They may be very minor pollinators but they do help.
I wish the author had covered Canadian Tiger Swallowtails and the confusion differentiating them from Easterns. That's a big problem for us here, but, I am sure, not for her. She also doesn't spend much time with the abundant syrphids. But this is a beginner's book.
I love the references at the end and obtained the author's PDF book on bee basics. There are clickable links to al species and groups mentioned in the book.
If you are a. bugophile you must get this book. Just don't get it from iTunes or you can only read it in iBooks. If you do, contact me about converting it for Kindle....more
Belly Up Whenever I have read a mystery book (which is not often), I turn to the back of the book to learn whodunit. I then enjoy reading to see how thBelly Up Whenever I have read a mystery book (which is not often), I turn to the back of the book to learn whodunit. I then enjoy reading to see how the author crafted the mystery. But when I read Belly Up, I refused myself that pleasure. I wanted to see how the mystery unfolded and remain part of the audience, and not an observer. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I learned a lot about zoo management. Middle school children should find this very interesting. There is violence, humor, sadness, greed, love, family relationships, chase scenes, good guys, bad guys, and guys you can't determine what they are. The plot isn't simple like many middle school mysteries, and the ending is very satisfying. Read it!
This is a beautifully crafted book with engrossing characters. I may have a problem with the book's apparant conclusions about peopleOne Crazy Summer
This is a beautifully crafted book with engrossing characters. I may have a problem with the book's apparant conclusions about people in the Black Panthers, but I have to research further before I decide. The Panthers would be a most excellent class research project. What would the class decide about the historical characters that they have read about? If one ignores the politics, the family relationships are complicated and realistic. The book is excellent and I highly recommend it....more
Grounded This entirely predictable book is a treasure. I finished it in two hours of non-stop reading. The death theme is very unusual for middle schooGrounded This entirely predictable book is a treasure. I finished it in two hours of non-stop reading. The death theme is very unusual for middle school literature but Klise does a lovely job exploring the different reactions of the different characters to death. It is a jewel of a book and I highly recommend it to everyone....more
This is a sad and haunting DCF nominated book. Heather Henson writes, often graphically, about abuse of animals and children. It broke mDream of Night
This is a sad and haunting DCF nominated book. Heather Henson writes, often graphically, about abuse of animals and children. It broke my heart. Thankfully, I realized that a book about abuse written for middle school children had to have a happy ending, so I was willing to continue reading until the end. But it was painful reading Dream of Night. I admit to having tears a few times. I am glad that the abused girl and horse are well and healing in the end, but their story weighs heavily on my heart. I am glad that I read this book — however I would not have read it voluntarily. I knew it was going to hurt. I recommend that you read it....more
Jake is for middle school age children; it is charming, sweet, and endearing; it has a positive outlook and wonderful role-model characters. I highlyJake is for middle school age children; it is charming, sweet, and endearing; it has a positive outlook and wonderful role-model characters. I highly recommend this for your child and family. It is an unforgettable Vermont DCF nominee....more
You can now call me one of those "old people" that dislike new standards in our society. I don't think it appropriate for the fourteen yeMurder Afloat
You can now call me one of those "old people" that dislike new standards in our society. I don't think it appropriate for the fourteen year old main character in this novel to be involved in the murder of anyone, whether they be evil or not. Yet this happens in Murder Afloat. I have debated myself about this and continue to worry that young people may feel that murder may be justified in some circumstances. I can't condone that. Yet this book is an excellent book: it is well written, has a fascinating plot with well-drawn characters and an unconventional ending for books written for this age group. I have given the book four stars because of this deadly incident; I still don't know whether I should have given five.
Having read The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell, I was keenly interested in this chronicle of Ben, a young Baltimore resident who was shanghaied to work in inhumane conditions for one season on an oyster boat. Jane Leslie Conly obviously researched the history of the era and the oyster industry. She fleshes out the issues of this important, but little known, era in our history. I recommend that you read both books.
Murder Afloat will be an important classroom novel for both its historical context and ecological relevance. The oystering methods used in the 1800s were responsible for the collapse of the oyster beds and the pollution of the bays that were their home. Middle school curricula will be enriched by this book, and many issues are presented that can be discussed in a classroom. Perhaps that is how a teacher should deal with the murder committed by the main character. Is murder ever justifiable? Whom should we designate as judge? I don't have the answers. They are ageless questions.
Driven Goodreads says that Lee Iococca wrote this book with Don Mitchell. Iococca wrote the foreward to the book only. I hope that this is corrected imDriven Goodreads says that Lee Iococca wrote this book with Don Mitchell. Iococca wrote the foreward to the book only. I hope that this is corrected immediately.
This biography, published by National Geographic, is an excellent book with wonderful photographs. Mitchell's writing is clear and he ably shows the conflicting sides of Henry Ford. I do wonder if he explored Ford's antisemitism and antilabor activities. Why would Ford be so inclusive to African-Americans, the disabled, women, immigrants, and workers on the one hand and then be so vehemently opposed to the Jews and "wink" at the violent union busting activities of his pal Harry Bennett?
This is a valuable biography that every school should probably own and should be included in history and reading curricula. But I am lost as to why it is so exceptional that it was nominated for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award in Vermont. It is a good book, but not a great book. It offers nothing new to the Ford history or discussion.
Ordinarily, I would have given this book four or five stars, but because it is a DCF nominee, I have to award it only three....more
What a beautiful book. This is a non-fiction account of the efforts to save the Kakapo parrot in New Zealand from extinction. The photography is stunning, the story is sad, the efforts to save the parrot are so valiant and the writing is engaging. I learned that the natural history of New Zealand is utterly fantastic — and has almost disappeared. When this book was written, there were only 87 Kakapo parrots in the entire world. Tonight, according to the web site, there are 120.
The Prince of Mist This DCF book is now my favorite. This is well written and constructed. It is mysterious, spooky, scary — and it should be made intoThe Prince of Mist This DCF book is now my favorite. This is well written and constructed. It is mysterious, spooky, scary — and it should be made into a movie. It has more depth and is more complex than the other DCF books I have read. The premise is a bit far-fetched and is not explained well, but it doesn't matter. The characters are warm and fully drawn and there are no teenage stereotypes, which is a relief. This short read would be enjoyed by just about any age....more
Stuck on Earth Of the DCF books I have read, this is my favorite. I was very doubtful that I would like this in the beginning but Klass quickly got myStuck on Earth Of the DCF books I have read, this is my favorite. I was very doubtful that I would like this in the beginning but Klass quickly got my attention, made me smile, horrified me with some scenes and generally got me totally involved in the life of Tom Filber, the main character. The book moves quickly and is rich with detail. A wrench is thrown into the plot just after the midpoint of the novel and continues until the end. This wrench will create marvelous classroom discussions that every student will probably contribute to. A great read!...more
Hero This was a great read: it is an engaging and mysterious story about a boy with superpowers who tries to solve the mystery of his father's death. LHero This was a great read: it is an engaging and mysterious story about a boy with superpowers who tries to solve the mystery of his father's death. Lupica constructs a story that even I found believable — until the end. Lupica's plot seemed to run out of gas about twnety pages before the end of the book. He added a political conspiracy theory to the story that reminded me of Kennedy assassination theories, among other conspiracies. Instead of a unique and creative ending that this book deserved, we got a replay of Oliver Stone movies with shadowy, unidentified bad guys trying to disrupt the American political scene. Four out of five stars....more