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text 2017-09-21 00:17
More on the Education Shelf
4th Grade History: Ancient Civilizations: Fourth Grade Books for Kids (Children's Ancient History Books) - Baby Professor
4th Grade History Book: Mayans and Incas of South America: Fourth Grade Books Ancient Civilizations (Children's Ancient History Books) - Baby Professor
Socrates: A Stunning Look At Socrates Amazing Philosophies, His Ethics And The Tragic Trial And Death Of Socrates: Socrates Series And Socrates Books (Socrates ... Socrates Apology, Socrates Way,) - Paula Berrigan
Let's Get Charged! (All About Electricity) : 5th Grade Science Series: Fifth Grade Books Electricity for Kids (Children's Physics Books) - Baby Professor
Jaw-Dropping Geography: Fun Learning Fac... Jaw-Dropping Geography: Fun Learning Facts About Volatile Volcanoes: Illustrated Fun Learning For Kids (Volume 1) - Jess Roche

Yes, these books are all on Kindle. Yes, these books were all found and purchased for free. Yes, the ones that list as grade levels have some really nice photography. Yes, they have some really good, but sparse information. They just did very simple information and again I feel that the books are too simple and too easy for the grades listed. 

 

If you have younger kids, these might be good starters. 

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text 2017-09-19 12:42
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5th Grade Geography: Seas and Oceans of the World: Fifth Grade Books Marine Life and Oceanography for Kids (Children's Oceanography Books) - Baby Professor
4th Grade US History: The Civil War Years: Fourth Grade Book US Civil War Period (Children's American Revolution History) - Baby Professor
4th Grade Geography: North and South Poles: Fourth Grade Books Polar Regions for Kids (Children's Explore Polar Regions Books) - Baby Professor

I realize that these state that they are for 4th and 5th grades, but I felt that they might have some information that would be good for what we are studying, but these were too young. I felt that they would have been good for kindergarten or 1st graders over 4th or 5th graders. 

 

The pictures in the books were very well done and the wording was definitely for teaching, but was definitely too young for the grades mentioned. 

 

 

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review 2017-09-18 18:14
The 5th Wave Series
The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey

This review is for all three books in the 5th Wave series. I liked the first book marginally better than the other two. I'm actually torn on this series and wonder if my enjoyment would have been a bit less if I hadn't just bailed on another series that was driving me nuts. Cassie was quite refreshing after the disappointment I was feeling from the other series! She was sarcastic in a way I enjoyed and she was strong for most of the series.

 

I didn't mind the Cassie and Even romance that developed in the series. Could it have worked without the romance? Probably. But what I took from it was that even in the darkest of times, when you couldn't really trust anyone, we still want to believe in love. We want to believe that it's possible for love to defy the odds. 

 

The romance I didn't get was the one between Zombie and Ringer. I just didn't get it. At all.

 

My biggest struggle throughout the entire series was that I just didn't really get it... I still don't fully understand why the aliens thought their approach was the best way to achieve their goal. And the actual goal is a bit sketchy too. There were parts that felt they were in there just for the shock factor or dramatic effect.

One example is the part where they turned the kids into bombs. It seemed the message the aliens were trying to send was that the humans couldn't trust anyone - yet no one survived the blast, so how would anyone else know what the aliens were doing to the children?

(spoiler show)

 

As a whole, the series was just OK for me. I'm glad I read it, but I had hoped to enjoy it much more than I did. 

 

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review 2017-06-30 21:30
Run
RUN: The 5th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries - Deidra D. S. Green,Lashawone Powell

Title:  Run

Author:  Deidra D. S. Green

Publisher:  Rathsi Publishing Presents

Series:  The 5th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries

Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"RUN: The 5th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries"  by Deidra D. S. Green

 

My Thoughts....

 

OK,  I will say this story continues on from the last series ... 'Fit' moving on into the next series 'Run.' We see that the police are kept busy with Mayven and Major and let's not leave out Mr. Franklin. How this will come out had me shaking my head and say what?  Then someone is down! Dr. Chloe Daniels really lets her feeling out at this point definitely wanting to know who the two ladies are that are visiting Michael. With all that is upon Dr. Daniels I liked how she was still their with her expertise in helping with this crime spree that has reached for and near.  Then as the story continues do we have someone taking a special interest in Anna Black?  I definitely had a wired feeling about that person interest! Then we have another killing ... what is up with another characters of interest Logan and Beth Ann?  As more people have been found killed the story continues on to Grace [Baby Doll Killer] and I can't believe what she is still at wanting and planning to do to her help. However, I think this time Grace has she met her match?  This will be quite a sad read as love ones are being identified however, there is still much work for the police to be done as they are dealing with all of the killings that have gone on.  What happens as Dr. Brookes calls a meeting with the police chief, Dr. Daniels and Addison with information?  However it looks like someone else has gotten and tipped their hand in this matter.  I will stop here and just say you will have to pick up this read to see who that person is and how closely they have worked with this doctor.  This story will have so many twist and turns that the reader will have to keep up.  It will be really something seeing how this author will put all this series all together in the sixth installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries.  Now guess who is going to Florida!!!!! I will say this installment had me a little at a loss because there will so much going on.  In the end will we finally see justice as it deals with  Anna Black, Grace Pembroke Wetherby, Major and Mayven and a few other characters as we get to the end of this long ride?  Well, all I can say is that we will have to pick up this last series 'War' and hopefully  all of our questions will be answered to these well written installments to see how justice will prevail.

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review 2017-02-09 18:52
Confessions of a Pagan Nun
Confessions of a Pagan Nun - Kate Horsley

Ireland, c500 AD

 

Giannon's home was a configuration of branches, stones, and mud. A dome and a shed of these materials leaned against one another like old drunken warriors at a banquet. All around these structures was a variety of grasses, blossoms, and bushes that I had never seen before. Drying herbs, jars on tethers, and staffs of yew and oak hung on the sides of his dwelling so that it reminded me of Giannon himself when he travelled beneath a tangle of druidic accessories. The clearing with its gardens and dwelling was empty of human life, though a ragged gray wolf scampered into the woods from there. Some might say that the wolf was Giannon transformed, but I only had the sense that the wolf was hungry and weak, for the past winter had been fiercely cold.

 

I entered the dwelling and found the inside also strung with dried plants, jars, and staffs. There were shelves on which a chaos of boxes and jars sat along with feathers and scrolls and dust. The only furnishings were a table, a small bench, and a bed made of straw covered with the skins of bear and fox. More scrolls, codices, and tablets sat upon these furnishings, as though the originals had multiplied in some orgy when their master was away.

 

I walked carefully through this strange chamber, afraid that all of Giannon's belongings and the dwelling itself were capable of collapsing into a dusty pile of rubble. And I believed that a druid's dwelling could likely be set with spells from which I would emerge transformed into a beetle or a bee. I waited for Giannon outside, until the world grew dim and I could see wolves running along the tree line beyond the small clearing in which Giannon's home nested. Finally I saw Giannon approach …

 

This book has as its setting the period when the Church moved in and took over Ireland. It is the story of Gwynneve, who trains as a Ban-druí (druidess) under a surly and disillusioned druid watching his order pass into history as the tonsured monks and priests swarm over the land.

 

But two stories run concurrently, in alternate chapters. Gwynneve's story of her childhood with her wonderful mother -

 

My father accused my mother of starving me by filling me up with stories instead of food. Everyone in my túath was hungry, especially during the months of thick frost. But I did not want food as much as I craved her stories, which soothed me. I listened to my mother weave words together and create worlds, as though she were a goddess. Words came from her mouth and dispelled my loneliness, even when she was not with me. She began every story with the phrase "It was given to me that …"

 

- and then, when her mother died, her story of her life with Giannon the druid. Meanwhile, in the other chapters, we learn about the life she leads now as a nun among other Christian nuns who are drifting helplessly under the authority of a monk, Brother Adrianus, one of a small band who joined the nuns at the shrine of St Brigit and who has assumed the title and dignity of Abbot.

 

It is, let me say at once, depressing in parts. How could it not be? But as Gwynneve the nun, in the convent that is becoming daily more like a prison (and longing for her druid lover) writes her story on her treasured parchments, it is also very moving and uplifting.

 

Take some of Gwynneve's views and comments (recorded in the secret diary). Faced with unbelievable ignorance and stupidity, she writes: "I admonish myself and all who read this not to be ignorant on any matters of which knowledge is available. Do not be afraid of the truth …"

 

And later: "For we both both were weak in doctrine and strong in questions. But we both loved effort and knowledge, though I saw Giannon become weary in his eyes. I do not understand a man who does not want to know all that he can know."

 

On the loneliness of incarnation: "Among all the wisdom and facts I learned from Giannon, I also learned the loneliness of incarnation, in which there is inevitably a separation of souls because of the uniqueness of our faces and our experiences."

 

On God and nature: "I cannot see that any religion is true that does not recognize its gods in the green wave of trees on a mountainside or the echo of a bird's song that makes ripple on a shadowed pool […] This land is full of holiness that I cannot describe.  Brigit knows this. Brigit to me is the wisest of all the saints. She knows the value of ale and the comfort of poetry."

 

On Christ and kindness: "That Christ fed fish and bread to the poor and spoke to the outcast whore makes me want his company on this dark night. The world is full of immortals but sorely lacking in kindness."

 

It is indeed. And the end is truly shocking. Not depressing, no, on second thoughts. Tragic.

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