Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman is a strange, dream-like story. It is a story told by a father to his children when he took too long to go to the store and get some milk. When he came home with the milk, the children asked why it had taken so long. The remainder of the book is a clever and ridiculous story that the father tells in order to convince his children that he had been gone for good reason.Continue Reading
Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy is an inspiration inspirational book for anybody needing motivation to put off procrastination and become more efficient in using their time, their energy, and their talents to improve their career or their life as a whole.
I read Eat That Frog initially as inspiration for me and my small business efforts. However, as I read I found it to be inspiring to me in my role as a mother and caretaker of my children and as a homemaker caring for a large home. I’m in more inspired now to make cleaning habits time to develop better habits in general about my days.Continue Reading
For the Right to Learn by Rebecca Langston-George (Capstone, September 2015) is a picture book biography of Malala Yousafzai, giving younger readers a background of just what she was able to accomplish. I’ve said before that her story is inspiring, and I think this book did a great job of also making it accessible to young kids.
This picture book is for middle and upper elementary children both because the text is dense on each page (4-7 sentences on each two-page spread) but also because the concepts of discrimination and violence against girls who want to go to school is such a deep concept for the very young to grasp. The vibrant digital illustrations, however, give added dimension to concept Malala faced. Children may be fascinated with the difficulties around the globe for children like themselves. With the combination of the vibrant illustrations (some of them featuring Pakistani writing) and the intriguing story, children will keep reading!
I asked my son, age 7 and soon-to-be a 3rd grader, what he thought of the book. He was impressed that she was still a child doing the things she did, although when he saw her photo in the back of the book he said, “Well, she looks like a grown up though!”
How often do we take our chance to get an education for granted?
Note: I received a digital copy of this book for review consideration. It will be published in September of this year.
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord (published 1984) tells of one girl’s journey from her traditional Chinese home to New York City in 1947. How can Shirley hold on to her heritage in such a strange land?Continue Reading