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review 2018-11-14 07:22
Door /Dec 21 Winter Solstice
Stick Man by Julia Donaldson (7-Sep-2009) Paperback - Julia Donaldson

Winter Solstice / Yuletide (December 21): Read any book that takes place in December OR with ice or snow on the cover OR that revolves around the (summer or winter) equinox OR a collection of poetry by Hafez.

Stick Man is a sweet book with stick man played out the role as a stick but all he wants is to go home. 


A read a loud book for children. 


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review 2018-10-14 11:17
Fragments of Thought-Poems: "Das Stundenbuch" by Rainer Maria Rilke
O Livro de Horas - Rainer Maria Rilke

(original review, 2009)

Da neigt sich die Stunde und rührt mich an
mit klarem, metallenem Schlag:
mir zittern die Sinne. Ich fühle: ich kann -
und ich fasse den plastischen Tag.

Nichts war noch vollendet, eh ich es erschaut,
ein jedes Werden stand still.
Meine Blicke sind reif, und wie eine Braut
kommt jedem das Ding, das er will.

Nichts ist mir zu klein, und ich lieb es trotzdem
und mal es auf Goldgrund und groß
und halte es hoch, und ich weiß nicht wem
löst es die Seele los...

In “Das Stundenbuch” von Rainer Maria Rilke.



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review 2018-10-06 18:20
Ho=c/R=c/cT=1/T: "Before the Big Bang - The Prehistory of Our Universe" by Brian Clegg
Before the Big Bang: The Prehistory of Our Universe - Brian Clegg

A friend of mine many eons ago said "all we have left to do is cross the T's and dot the I's". I was skeptical then and now I just laugh. He liked to look through a telescope and he believed what he thought he saw. There has been a theory put forward, describing the moment of and just after the big bang, when not only was matter flung outwards from the explosion, but the basic geometric substance of "space" was also stretched and may even have been CREATED at that point. It's like 2 grapes in a bowl of jello - stretch the jello and those grapes move apart.



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review 2018-09-28 19:45
Drachenfutter: "Aforismos" by Frank Kafka, Álvaro Gonçalves (translator)
Aforismos - Escritos na localidade histórica de Zurau - Franz Kafka,Álvaro Gonçalves

(original review, 2009)

The Portuguese etymological dictionary of Jose Pedro Machado informs that the word aphorism derives from the Greek and arrived at the Portuguese language through late Latin aphorismu-, with the meaning of "limitation, brief definition, sentence". It adds that, in time (already documented in the 16th century), the term has come to be called "a brief and indisputable sentence, which sums up a doctrine."

Kafka resorted to the aphorism, what he called “Schreiben als Form des Gebetes” in his conversations (for example, with the poet Gustav Janouch, author of the book “Conversations with Kafka”, 1953) and in the course of his career as a writer. One of the main collections of these "short and indisputable sentences" was published in the small posthumous book “Er”, from the diary notes that the writer kept from 1909 to 1923-24.



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review 2018-06-23 19:38
The Caboose Who Got Loose by Bill Peet
The Caboose Who Got Loose - Bill Peet

Title:  The Caboose Who Got Loose

Author:  Bill Peet

Genre:  Trains / Traveling / Children's / Adventure

Year Published: 1971

Year Read:  2009

Houghton Mifflin Company

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 4+  (Nothing Objectionable)




“The Caboose Who Got Loose” is a great story from the creative mind of Bill Peet about a small caboose named Katy who wants to escape her life as a caboose and live happily in a peaceful place. “The Caboose Who Got Loose” may be a bit tedious for some children, but it is still a cute little story nonetheless. 

Bill Peet’s story about a caboose who wants to live a peaceful life in the countryside is a great tale for many children. Children will feel for Katy’s sadness at being a mere caboose and not having a peaceful life of her own. Bill Peet’s writing is highly creative as he narrates the story in a rhyming prose that fits the mood of the story perfectly. Bill Peet’s illustrations are always the highlights in his books and this is certainly no exception. The characters are drawn in a similar fashion as “The Brave Little Toaster” as the cabooses and the houses have windows for eyes. 


“The Caboose Who Got Loose” is a cute story about how one must be satisfied with what life brings us and will definitely interest many children who love books about trains and how to love life. I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate about the story.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog


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