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This Child Will Be Great
This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

President Sirleaf is one of the Nobel Prize winning women that I challenged myself to read last October. I had first heard her name in the memoir of one of her co-winners, Leymah Gbowee, that I had reviewed here for the blog I had before this one. Because of that, I was a little familiar with the civil wars that tore Liberia apart for 14 years and the name Charles Taylor.

What I wasn't familiar with was the overall political history of Liberia, which President Sirleaf discusses throughout her memoir. Her family had been involved in politics there long before the civil wars which gave her a more overarching view of what was happening than I had listened to in Gbowee's book. A part of me wishes I had read them in the opposite order. Gbowee's book is a lot more of the every woman experience of the wars and President Sirleaf shows the reader the "bigger picture", if you will.

President Sirleaf's story starts long before the wars, though. She begins with some history, such as the relationship the US had with the founding of Liberia before moving on to more personal history. I loved the story about the man who gave the memoir it's title by looking at her as a baby and saying those words, "This child will be great." I love the doubt that follows. President Sirleaf's rise to power was slow and winding, given the political climate of her country throughout her life, but it appeared to have progressed at a relatively steady pace with what seemed like short segues into other areas. There was a lot of heartache and a lot of experience involved in that climb to power, but she persevered.

This memoir was narrated by Robin Miles, who is an amazing narrator. The link will take you to an interview she did with BookRiot. The pacing of both the book and the narration was great, it was one of the few audiobooks that I haven't felt the need to tweak the playback speed on my app. Overall, it's an important memoir to read for those of us interested in the lives of women, particularly those who have had political success or been awarded the Nobel Prize.

This was also one of those rare books that I could fit into all three of my reading challenges this year because it is by a Nobel Laureate, it satisfies Task 11 for my Read Harder challenge, and is my Letter T for Litsy A to Z.

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review 2016-05-30 03:49
Children's Review: I Wanna Be a Great Big Dinosaur
I Wanna Be a Great Big Dinosaur - Heath McKenzie

We received this book to give an honest review.

 

I have read this book to both K and A and both of them have enjoyed it. K even said he wished he could find some cardboard boxes so he could try to make a costume like both the dinosaur and the little boy did.

Now I would say this book is good for ages 2 on up, the pictures go wonderful with the story and the words on the page are very short.

Do you want to know what is takes to be a great big dinosaur? Well in this story a T. Rex (though he doesn't look very scary) gives you a bit of insight on how to be a dinosaur it seems to be pretty easy. Hey how easy is it to be a little boy as well? You just have to read and find out. 

This is one of those books that is just a great read anytime of the day.  

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text 2016-05-18 14:10
I wanna be a big dinosaur
I Wanna Be a Great Big Dinosaur - Heath McKenzie

by Heath McKenzie

age range: 2 to 5 years old

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

 

More than anything in the world this little boy wants to be a BIG DINOSAUR! And he is lucky, because it just happens to be a big dinosaur around who knows everything about being a big dinosaur and is willing to help. So lessons start right away. A big dinosaur has to know how to roar, and stomping, and eat lots of meats. The little boy wants to know if he can eat other foods too, and read, and play video games, because he really enjoy this activities. And the big dinosaur starts enjoying these activities too. Now more than anything in the world this big dinosaur wants to be a LITTLE BOY! And they agree to be both...

 

This is an enjoyable story about how both "quiet" and "noisy" activities can be fun. Sometimes we are like big dinosaurs, but we also like to play like little boys.The illustrations are wonderful. My favorite is the page where the dinosaur tries different types of foods. Hilarious! Great option for a funny reading aloud time.

 

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-02-21 00:00
SELF HELP: SELF ESTEEM: Daring to be Great: Steps to Accepting Yourself and Being Confident (Self-Acceptance Confidence Transformation) (Personal Success Changing Habits Empowerment)
SELF HELP: SELF ESTEEM: Daring to be Great: Steps to Accepting Yourself and Being Confident (Self-Acceptance Confidence Transformation) (Personal Success Changing Habits Empowerment) - Michael Lane An ok read, listing the factors for why you might have low self-esteem and suggestions on steps you can do to change your negative thoughts into positive thinking. Maybe a bit short, but it was free, so can't complain!

It was free on Amazon, so give it a go if you think it looks interesting! :)

That title is just insanely long though...
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The best way to accomplish something is to just do it, and then find the courage afterwards.

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