The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember by Fred Rogers was a no-brainer for me because his show was and still is the loveliest program made for children. The book is a collection of quotes, songs, speeches, and anecdotes from Mr. Rogers on his philosophies on the topics he knows best: children and being a good human. It's divided into sections which in my opinion did nothing for the organization of the book because the subjects very loosely corresponded to the material gathered under the headings. So much of this book is packed full of amazing lines that I immediately shared via social media while others sadly seemed to be added as an afterthought or filler.
A few quotes that stood out to me:
“When we love a person, we accept him or her exactly as is: the lovely with the unlovely, the strong with the fearful, the true mixed in with the facade, and of course, the only way we can do it is by accepting ourselves that way.”
“It's very dramatic when two people come together to work something out. It's easy to take a gun and annihilate your opposition, but what is really exciting to me is to see people with differing views come together and finally respect each other.”
My favorite part was the introduction which was written by Mr. Rogers's wife and included stories of his upbringing, how they met each other, and what he was like off-camera. Turns out that he was so work-oriented that she often wondered if he was actually enjoying himself. (I really hope he was.) If you're looking for a positive lift (and I don't know why you wouldn't) then this is the perfect little book to leaf through. His message was always clear and never more so than in this little book which reminds us to always be kind and never shy away from talking about feelings with the children in your life. A simple enough concept but one which we need to hear now more than ever. 8/10
PS I have no idea why the font sizes are so screwy in this post but I couldn't for the life of me change it so...
What's Up Next: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
What I'm Currently Reading: The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring by John Bellairs
This book continues the story from The Walk.
Alan Christoffersen is on a journey, a soul searching walk across the US. He started in Seattle after he lost everything. His wife died, his partner stole his business, and his cars and home were repossessed. He was thinking about giving up and ending it all but something stopped him. Instead, he grabbed a map and figured out the farthest he could walk on land and set his sites on Key West Florida. At the end of The Walk he was attacked by a gang and serious injured. He ended up staying with a woman who he had helped on his walk. He fixed her tire and she gave him her card. He forgot all about it but when he was taken to the hospital that number was the only contact info on him. She came to help and offered him a place to stay while he healed. While he was there he realized he wasn't there for her to help him. She needed help herself.
After Alan was healed enough to return to his walk he saw young woman being attacked by a group of men. He helped her and she began to walk with him. After she finally talked about her situation his heart really went out to her. She was an abused child put in the foster system. She was nearly 18 and since she knew she was going to be on her own soon anyway, she ran away and was living on the streets. She was a great girl and didn't deserve her situation. Alan really wanted to help her.
This is a great soul-searching story for both the character and the reader. I found several little gems to add to my quote book. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series and continuing the journey along with Alan.
The Hyena Scientist is a book written with 10-12 year old's in mind. However, I'm sure most adults can get something out of it as well. In this book Montgomery and Bishop take a tour through the Hyena research station in Kenya lead by zoologist Kay Holecamp. The book reads like a travelogue with intersting bits about the spotted hyenas that this group studies, along with a nail-biting episode of floods and getting stuck in mud. There are also short biographical sections for the scientists and assistants that operate this particular research station. The main attraction of this book are the numerous (every single page!) colour photographs of spotted hyenas (fascinating creatures!) and other wildlife. This is a good inspirational and educational book for children.
Zombie Kids Go Green is about a group of zombie kids that help clean up the environment they are in. The book is written in prose and is quite short. I couldn't find any purchase links, and frankly, it's been on my Kindle so long now that I don't recall how I acquired it.
It's written in prose and it's lovely.
The author uses clever words to engage the reader, young or old, and teaches them even smelly zombies love the Earth enough to care for it.
The illustrations are awesome too. Great job, Mark Draisey.
I really enjoyed this little book a lot. If you're a zombie fan, check it out.