We recently listened to an amazing audiobook that surprised me by its depth and language. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin is a Newbery Honor book for good reason. By weaving Chinese traditional folktale into a modern story about a girl living in poverty, Ms Lin creates a fairy tale odyssey that stands tall as a modern classic. Her own illustrations add further character to the richness of the tale. A dragon, a mysterious “old man of the moon,” beautiful mountain villages, and riddles she does not understand give Min Li an adventure that most children will delight in.Continue Reading
I studied American Sign Language when I was in high school with some friends, and I also studied sign language for a year when I got to the university. I love sign language! I love the beauty of the motion. I love the grammar! And I always talk with my hands as I’m speaking. Sign language feels so natural to me. An ASL children’s dictionary would be a great addition to my home library.
When I saw a chance to review the Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language on netgalley.com, I jumped at the chance to review it. As the title states, it is geared toward children, and I must say I simply love the way it has been set up. It is a bright, engaging, and helpful dictionary.
Keep reading for my review or check out my mini-review vlog on my Facebook page.
Book of the Day: Gallaudet Children's Dictionary of American Sign Language. I love it! Get it here: http://amzn.to/1Ok7aI6 (afflink)
Posted by Line Upon Line Learning on Thursday, January 14, 2016
I had picked up Gone with the Wind, and then I started reading Don Quixote. As they sat on my side table, I noticed that both have bright red covers. So then I had a ridiculous idea that my next reading project would be to read all the bright red covers that are on my shelf. I’ve extended it to those that also have the word “red” or a related terms in the title.
So without further ado, here are the red books I plan on reading in a vlog for you. I started outside because it was so pretty out. But then Raisin decided to stop playing and come help, so I was speaking very quickly. You can hear his commentary in the background. I cannot understand him so don’t ask me what he’s saying. I was afraid he’d play with the camera or run on screen. Anyway, I finished later inside when he was asleep.
Also, I keep referring to summer. I meant spring and summer. I’ll do this project until I get tired of it. I have enough books to last a year, but I figured this was a fun idea for the warm months.
(Let’s hope that thumbnail picture updates soon to something else, shall we?)
I know vlogs are hard sometimes to get all the titles, and I hadn’t realized that it was so hard to see the books. So, here are the titles.
Don Quixote (1606-15); Gone with the Wind (1936); Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (1800s); The Aeneid (20 BCE); Things Fall Apart (1958)
Others to chose from
Really Old Classics: Gilgamesh; The Tale of the Genji; Grief Lessons (Euripedes plays); The Inferno (I tried this last one last summer and it was just too dense for summer!)
Victorian era novels: Red Badge of Courage; Poor Miss Finch; The Eustace Diamonds; The Scarlett Letter; The Mill on the Floss; The Pickwick Papers; No Name
Modern (post 1900): Farenheit 451; The Hunt for Red October; The Name of the Rose; The Great Gatsby; A Small Place; The Enchanted April
Nonfiction: The Seekers by Daniel Boorstin
Which red books should I read?
P.S. I am coming to BEA next month! I thought it might be nice if you saw and heard from me. I may do some more vlogs in the coming weeks so I won’t be a stranger in NYC next month. (Can I say “next month” one more time?!)
I’m probably going to be busy with family a lot more in the coming weeks thanks to the holidays, so my blogging and reading will lessen. But I do have a few books I hope to get to between now and the end of January: some are very long and intimidating, others not so intimidating. I’m looking forward to each of them and since I got my Christmas present early (a beautiful new Canon EOS with video functionality) I thought I’d try my hand at another vlog. (It’s been a long time since I’ve done a vlog.)
Bonus points are you can see my new haircut (I’m very pleased with it) and my Christmas cross stitch project. I had my new camera on the wrong setting the first time, so I had to do it a few times, and that’s why I may sound tired of repeating myself. There’s also an awkward splice because I had a coughing fit and I don’t think you wanted to watch that. I apologize in advance for the weird things — still getting a hang of this technology. I still think some setting is off. I’ll read the user manual before I do another vlog.
See the vlog after the jump.