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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-09-06 18:54
Two Eggs, Please
Two eggs, please. - Sarah Weeks,Betsy Lewin

In Two Eggs, Please, the setting is a diner.  Each page is a different animal ordering a plate of eggs but cooked differently than each other.  Every time someone orders their egg a different way, a thought bubble pops up that says "different".  In the end, the cook is cracking the eggs.  When he prepares them he says "different".   When he cracks the egg to pour into the pan he says "the same".  This is a wonderful story about how ,while we may be different on the outside, we are all the same on the inside.  This would be a wonderful "ice breaker" book.  It would be great for kindergarten to second grade.


A great activity would be to have each child draw a picture of something about them that makes them different, like their hair color or their skin color.  Then, they could do an activity where they find things with classmates they have in common to share with the class.

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review 2016-08-31 02:07
Very Brief Thoughts: Connecting Rooms (novella)
Connecting Rooms - Jayne Ann Krentz

Connecting Rooms

by Jayne Ann Krentz

This novella was alright. Nothing interesting.  Very straight forward story with little development and the same ol', same ol' type of romance and couple chemistry.  Nothing to write home about, but it did okay as a story to pass the time with.  I needed something to get my mind off of other books I was struggling through at the moment.


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Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2016/08/very-short-thought-connecting-rooms.html
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text 2016-04-24 05:52
SELF-e connecting indie books, libraries and readers


Out of the blue came an email inviting me to participate in the third Thursday Self-e Twitter chat focused on international authors in indie and self-publishing.


How come I wasn't invited to the first two? Never mind, I wouldn't have participated anyway just as I'm not planning to participate in this one, but I am interested in indie and self-publishing and who and what is SELF-e?


SELF-e is a discovery platform powered by Library Journal designed to expose self-published ebooks to more readers via the public library, locally or nationwide (that means the US).


Authors whose ebooks are selected by Library Journal for inclusion in our SELF-e modules can use a digital badge promoting their inclusion to potential readers who may choose to purchase a copy of the title and/or to purchase other books by that author via retail channels. Ebooks that are not selected by Library Journal will still be accessible to local library patrons via state-specific modules.


Okay, what's the catch, as in how much are they going to charge?


But wait, there is no cost to participate, and distribution via the SELF-e platform is royalty-free.


What they do ask is if your book is selected you give them a non-exclusive license to make your ebook available to public library patrons via subscribing institutions in the public library market, including subscribing public libraries in your state.


My local library is currently carrying my six novels, which they actually purchased (a thousand thank you's) but, hell, I would have donated them.


Authors and their publishing service providers/future publishers are not restricted in any manner from promoting and selling their ebooks to any market (including the public library market via other vendors).


This information comes off their website which has yet to be updated to let authors know they are now also accepting international titles.


So why is Library Journal doing this?


Forgive me if I'm sceptical but there's an entire industry of sycophants who's sole purpose is to rip off vulnerable, delusional, hopeful and yes, stupid new authors. Is LJ the exception?




They claim their primary directive is connecting indie books, libraries and readers.

"Libraries are driving a new era of ebook discovery for indie authors and small presses. SELF-e helps develop robust local writing communities and keeps libraries at the center of the indie book movement."


Visit their blog http://self-e.libraryjournal.com/blog/to see the latest SELF-e news and events.


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review 2015-08-10 00:00
Connecting the Drops: A Citizens' Guide to Protecting Water Resources
Connecting the Drops: A Citizens' Guide ... Connecting the Drops: A Citizens' Guide to Protecting Water Resources - Karen Schneller-McDonald I'm not sure what I expected this book to be, but it wasn't what I expected. The author is clearly an ecologist who has been in the business of protecting water resources, especially wetlands, in the face of development for a long time. As far as I can tell, this is a technical manual on how to do what she does for citizen amateurs.

The first part of the book is about what wetlands do and how to evaluate one. She imagines you're going out to a wetland and mapping its area of influence, its buffer, its extent, its flora and fauna, its geology. The information is really well organized. Just more umm, manual-like than I expected.

Then you have to lead a discussion of whether the development can go forward, given what you've learned. This is the hard part. She lists a bunch of really great questions you probably need to think about, then says that the answers aren't clear cut but you should at least discuss it. Ack. This was where I was hoping to learn something specific from her experience, but it isn't there at anything greater than an occasional summary remark. She tells more stories about the ridiculous questions people ask (exposing their ignorance) than she does about the answers she gave.

The final part of the book is about how hard it is to be an activist, and how you can keep your energy levels up. Really good stuff. But again, more manual-like than I expected.

So... it was a weird read. It will be a wonderful manual for people who want to be watershed protection advocated. But as a book to sit down and read, it isn't especially enjoyable. Depends what you're looking for.

I got a free copy of this from Net Galley.
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