Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from January, 2010

Book Review: The Long Wait for Tomorrow by Joaquin Dorfman

Kelly McDermott has everything going for him. He's the football star with the cheerleader girlfriend. The other students idolize him. The rest of the town is in love with him and his football success. He is above everyone and he knows it. But then one day, he wakes up and is a new person. Suddenly, he doesn't care about football. He doesn't remember how to get to school. And he tells his best friend Patrick that he's actually the Kelly McDermott from 20 years in the future, back in his younger body.

The Long Wait for Tomorrow by Joaquin Dorfman has a great premise. The idea of a 40-year old man going back to high school in his 18-year old body, facing the person he used to be sounds interesting. Especially when he was such a jerk as a high school kid, and his older self is so much better. But it just wasn't a very exciting book for me. Dorfman touches upon several different big teen issues, including the effect of cliques and bullying on kids, as well as different …

What My Children Are Reading This Week

I stopped at the library again this week! M and I met some friends for story time on Tuesday and picked up a few more books, of course. We're still working on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with C this week. Here are some of the books we've been reading with M.

We picked up A Home for Polar Bear: Where Animals Live by Gail Herman because M's theme at school this week was polar bears. I really liked this book, and so did M. It's about a little polar bear who floats away on her iceberg one day. She encounters all sorts of other animals ~ a lion, a pelican, an elephant and more ~ and considers living with them, but there's always some reason why their home wouldn't make a good home for her. Eventually, she ends up back in the arctic with her friends. It's a really cute book and a great introduction to animal habitats.

M loves babies so I picked up two fun baby-related books, and they both ended up having great rhythm! The first is called Jazz Baby by Lisa Wh…

Book Review: Time for Learning States

If you're looking for a great resource for teaching your kids about the United States, check out Time for Learning States by Lynne Blanton and Betsy Hedberg. This is a fabulous resource for young kids ~ and old, I suppose. The book is filled with facts that are presented in a fun and engaging way.

Each of the 50 states, and Washington D.C., gets a 1 or 2-page spread. There are standard facts about the states, such as the capital, nickname, state flower or motto. And there is usually a paragraph or two about the history of the state. But many of the facts included in the book are more interesting for younger kids. For example, the New Jersey page talks about how the game Monopoly features streets from Atlantic City, NJ. And the Ohio page talks about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The West Virginia page mentions that it's a great place to go white-water rafting. And the Montana page tells us about Grasshopper Glacier where you can see grasshoppers frozen in the ice.

Teaser Tuesdays - 1/26

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, you're supposed to share two teaser sentences from a random page in the book you're currently reading.

Here's my teaser:
"Patrick believed it, but he didn't want to. He didn't want to break from what he knew to be true and authentic."

~ p177 of The Long Wait for Tomorrow by Joaquin Dorfman


It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Good Monday morning to you! I hope you had a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by! I finally got some reading done last week. It was nice. I hope you're enjoying some good books this week too!

Currently reading:
The Long Wait for Tomorrow by Joaquin Dorfman ~ a YA book with a touch of science fiction

Book completed last week (click title for review):
Lunch at the Piccadilly by Clyde Edgerton

Other reviews written last week:
The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner
Pouch! by David Ezra Stein
What My Children Are Reading This Week:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald DahlToday I Will Fly! by Mo WillemsSweethearts in the Snow, a Disney Princess bookSnow Inside the House by Sean DivinyUp next:
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeanette Walls ~ a book I started a couple years ago and put aside...hoping I'll make it through this time
What Difference Do It Make? by Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent ~ a follow-up to Same Kind of Different As Me

Hmmmm....I s…

What My Children Are Reading This Week

We were back to the library again this week. It seems we're there every week or two now! I wrote a review of a great children's book we got called Pouch! by David Ezra Stein. M absolutely loves that book. And we read Snip, Snip...Snow! by Nancy Poydar, which I discussed on Just Playin' Around. We've also been enjoying a few other books this week.

We started reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl to C this week. He's really enjoying it, but is anxious to know what happens to all the kids in the end. We've been reading two to three chapters each night, and I think he'd prefer that we read more. The story is basically the same as the movie ~ at least up to the middle where we are. It's about a little boy named Charlie who gets a Golden Ticket that gives him the chance to tour Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory with four other winners. I'll let you know how he enjoys it once we've finished.

C discovered the Mo Willems Piggie and Ele…

Book Review: Lunch at the Piccadilly by Clyde Edgerton

Lil Olive is residing at the Rosehaven Convalescence Center as she recuperates from a recent fall. Unlike many of the residents, Lil has a very frequent visitor: her nephew Carl. In Lunch at the Piccadilly, Clyde Edgerton weaves together the lives of Lil, Carl and the residents and staff of Rosehaven, showing a slice of life at a nursing home. Chatting on the rocking chair front porch, each resident's personality and a bit of their lives before Rosehaven is revealed.

I had read that Edgerton's books are humorous, so I had expected this to be a funny story about the nursing home residents' crazy antics. They do steal a car and take off on an adventure. And the sermons the preacher, who is at Rosehaven recovering from a fall, writes are pretty funny. But this is not the humorous story I was expecting. It's a story about older people who are watching their health and their independence be stripped away. I actually found most of the story, especially the ending, pretty …

Book Review: The Faith Club

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Ranya Idliby, an American Muslim of Palestinian descent decided to write a children's picture book about the connections between Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Her children were asking a lot of questions about God and death and their religion, and she wanted to help them understand. She asked two mothers ~ Suzanne Oliver, who is Christian, and Priscilla Warner, who is Jewish ~ to help her write this book. What came out of this collaboration was not a children's picture book, but rather an insightful, in-depth look at faith.

The Faith Club is a very personal story of the struggles these woman faced as they tried to understand each other and their religions. I found it to be a very informative, thought-provoking book.It is a sort of exercise in comparative religion, but I like that it was done in such a personal way. Each woman talked about her faith, including beliefs, experiences and doubts. And they tackled the big iss…

Book Review: Pouch! by David Ezra Stein

Pouch! by David Ezra Stein is yet another wonderful find from the New Books shelf at our library. I thought M, who is almost 3, would love to read about a mama kangaroo and her baby, and I was absolutely right. Pouch! is the story of Joey, who is ready to explore the world outside of his mama's pouch. But every time he hops out and meets a new animal, he gets scared and yells "Pouch!" as he jumps back to the safety of his mama.

M loves this book. She says, "That's a funny book!" and giggles when Joey yells "Pouch!" She also giggles when Joey meets another kangaroo and they start laughing themselves. The illustrations are fun, with Joey's expressions clearly shown. And the lesson of learning to separate from mom is well done with simple words and actions. I definitely recommend this as a read-aloud for preschoolers.

This review was written based on a copy of Pouch! that I borrowed from the library.