Review: The Wave

This book may be one of those unknown gems.  I found this in the nearby Little Library.  I’m going to put it back there for someone else to find and read.

Margaret Hodges is the author.

The plot of the book is about how Ojisan, who lives in a small fishing village, notices something is wrong and saves everyone’s lives by extreme personal sacrifice.

Great storytelling and great use of language.  Appropriate for ages six and up and adults will enjoy it as well.

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Ladies We Don’t Know

I just finished reading the book First Women by Kate Anderson Brower.

Ms. Brower begins with Jackie Kennedy and ends with Michelle Obama.  I love the way she weaves their lives in and out of each others’ stories and has quite a few amazing tidbits to tell about each one (for those of us who don’t keep up with the gossip columns).

I’m picky about history and biography books.  I hate fluff stuff and I hate gossip stuff.  I don’t care Nancy Reagan had an astrologer.  Whatever floats your boat.  This narrative stays away from the negative and focuses on the positives and the real-life relationships each First Lady had with her husband, the staff, her family, and the people around her.

I know some people who worship the First Lady and the mystique.  However, Ms. Brower does an excellent job of going behind the mystique and looks at each woman with a critical eye.

This book is appropriate for middle school and up.  Yes, there are references to some of the Presidents’ extra-marital activities but nothing worse than what cable TV shows.  Again, written very nicely and handled professionally.

This book shows a very different side of a small chunk of modern history.  It’s a relatively easy read.  A great book for some relaxing reading.

Early Dreams

I love finding “old” books written many years ago.  I found one of these gems tucked away in the library recently.

I found a book by Harvey Weiss titled Strange and Wonderful Aircraft.  Mr. Weiss begins the book with the ancients, moves to early concepts, and then continues through to the time the book was written about twenty years ago.  He also explains the basic science of flight.

I did research it a little online and the book is actually on lists for the Common Core for sixth to eighth grade.  Younger learners can you enjoy this book as well.  It is also a quick read for anybody who wants a crash course in aviation history and basic aviation science.

Review: Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach

This is an awesome book.  Elise Broach covers the topic of Shakespeare and the controversy surrounding the question of, who is Shakespeare? with great articulation.  This book is great for ages seven (7) and up.

I went through this on audio, read by Jennifer Ikeda, who does a superb job with the narration and the different characters.

I listened to this with family members.  One who always likes to ask when going through a book, who is the bad guy?  This book opened the opportunity to explain about protagonist and antagonist and that the “bad guy” may not always be clear or there may not be a bad guy per se.

This book also helped to introduce Bob Dylan and some of the Bard’s plays.

What is Shakespeare’s secret?  You have to read it to find out.