Saturday, February 5, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
I read the 2011 Building block book nominees. My favorite was Ready for Anything because I have a soft spot for worried, paranoid animal characters. Raccoon obsesses about the dangers of going on a picnic. Duck "reframes" the outdoor experience possibilities for raccoon. This is a very good psychological technique that would be beneficial for anyone to learn at a young age. Positive self-talk rather than negative is always good. Set in this story, it is great; not didactic at all. (reminds me of Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt-another favorite of mine)
My next favorite building block book was Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli because it is very silly, and rhymes, and also shows that everyone needs that different sort of character around.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
First time for me to read this author. Wow, such an interesting writing style and such quirky characters!
The 2nd page, she describes the ex-mother-in-law in terms of her ex-husband's desk which she evidently despised: "A lot of really big trees had died to make that desk. His mother had probably gnawed them down, used her nails to saw the boards, and finished the decorative cutwork with her tongue." Just say how you feel; no hostility there. It was great, and fun. This book has ghosts, children she describes as "Damien and the Bad Seed" and really strange characters. I would definitely read another even though it's far from my usual type of book.
It was an okay book. Kind of funny, but not great...
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
These Ramona books were some of my favorite when I was young and I enjoyed reading it again; it brought back good memories.
I was very inspired and motivated by her personal struggle and encouraging words.
It is a fluff book though very interesting to look inside the lives of those in Hollywood. I feel for Tori as she seeks for so many answers to her problems and I also admire her honesty and openness about her life.
President Bush writes in an easy to read format while making the reader feel the weight of the decisions any U.S. president must wrestle with on a daily basis. I was impressed and proud to live in this country and have the leadership we have regardless of who is in office.