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review 2019-02-03 19:35
Why Do Birds Fly South in Winter?
Why Do Geese Fly South in Winter?: A Book about Migration - Kathy Allen
This children’s nonfiction book covers a lot of ground. If you’re looking for information about animal migration, this is a good book to get you started. If you are looking for an in-depth look at a specific animal, this book is not for you. The book begins by talking about how to do a science inquiry. Scientists must observe and ask questions to begin their research. This book is set up the same exact way. The author then explains what migration is and begins asking a series of questions and then providing the answers.
Each question is specific but the answers that she provides includes a variety of other animal species. One question included in this book, is the book’s title. The answer includes information about geese but it also provides us information about penguins and wildebeest. I thought the questions were interesting and worthy to the topic of migration. These questions pertain to why don’t all animals migrate, how do the animals know when to migrate, how do they know where to go, how long does it take to migrate, and do humans affect the animal’s migration?
This nonfiction book has realistic illustrations that take up almost half of the page. I like the contrast between the question text and the answer text. Great simple, bold text made this book easy to read.
I feel that this is a great beginning book on migration. It presents this process in a variety of ways and that it is done by many animals but not all animals. I think this book is a good stepping stone book which might lead a child to look further into this topic, if they choose.


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text 2019-01-11 07:10
Release Week Blitz - The Song of the Wild Geese







Terue. The girl who was plucked from obscurity to become the most sought after geisha in Edo’s Floating World. The geisha who was so beautiful and talented that one of the richest nobles in Japan desired her as his wife.


But Terue wanted more from life, and was willing to risk everything to get it. Pregnant with her lover’s child and knowing that the disgrace would mean certain death for both her and her unborn child, Terue makes the devastating choice to flee Japan on the day her daughter – Kazhua, The Geisha with the Green Eyes – was born and changes both their destinies forever.



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The Song of the Wild Geese by India Millar

Series: The Geisha Who Ran Away Book One

Genre: Adult, Historical Romance

Publisher: Red Empress Publishing

Publication Date: January 8, 2018



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INDIA MILLAR started her career in heavy industry at British Gas and ended it in the rarefied atmosphere of the British Library. She now lives on Spain’s glorious Costa Blanca North in an entirely male dominated household comprised of her husband, a dog, and a cat. In addition to historical romances, India also writes popular guides to living in Spain under a different name. Her Romance Noir series is highlighted on her website.


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review 2018-12-12 15:05
24 Festive Tasks: Door 9 - Thanksgiving, Book
Six Geese A-Slaying (Meg Langslow, #10) - Donna Andrews
Six Geese A-Slaying - Donna Andrews,Bernadette Dunne

I decided to backtrack a bit to the series's first (I think) Christmas entry, which is set right after Meg and Michael's marriage and in which Meg is in charge of organizing Caerphilly's annual holiday parade -- emphatically not a "Christmas" parade, since it includes a nod to Diwali (complete with elephants), as well as a Kwanzaa float, which obviously makes this book a fun match with "24 Festive Tasks".


Andrews had definitely found her Meg Langslow legs by the time of this book, and the writing and plotting is great fun ... of course a holiday parade themed on The Twelve Days of Christmas offers countless opportunities for things to go hilariously haywire, but you still have to be able to hit just the right balance of humor and storytelling instead of simply stringing together a series of (wannabe) quirky incidents and characters, which not every writer is able to pull off convincingly.  Perhaps the one tiny letdown was that the murderer (and their motive) was fairly obvious well before the conclusion of the book, but still, I very much enjoyed my annual return to Caerphilly for Christmas the holidays.


And since a whole rafter of turkeys show up in various parts of the book -- they march in the holiday parade, they're being offered as charity gifts to the local poor, they're roasted at one of the local church community's food stand, and a turkey also features in the Christmas dinner "in the off" at the end of the story, to be prepared by Meg's mother -- I feel justified in using this as my Thanksgiving square read in "24 Festive Tasks" ... even if the turkeys are not accorded quite as prominent a role as the titular six geese (or actually, 37 geese ... or make that 38, counting one deceased of natural causes).


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review 2014-10-26 04:06
The Wild Geese by Mori Ōgai
The Wild Geese - Ōgai Mori,Kingo Ochiai,Sanford Goldstein


Mori Ōgai co-mingles nostalgia for a vanished Tokyo of the late 1900's with romanticism as he tells the story of secret longing, isolation, and unrequited love. The main character, Otama, is the subject of pathos in this Meiji- period story: a naïve heroine left with gloomy prospects after her divorce from a bigamist policeman, succumbs to filial duty to her impoverished father by becoming the mistress of a sleazy moneylender.


Her patron, Suezo, while shrewdly building a business on the exploitation of others, compares typically to most Meiji-men: selfish, egotistic. Already married, he secretly sets up Otama in a residence where she wiles away her days like a lonely bird in a gilded cage.


The story of Otama is told in flashback through the narration of a keen observer - a friend of the male protagonist, Okada, a medical student pursuing plans to study in Germany, with ill- managed finances that force him to seek the services of the calculating moneylender. During one of her days often filled with boredom, Otama takes notice of, and becomes infatuated with the handsome medical student as he passes by her balcony. Their meeting develops into unfulfilling entanglements for all.


Ōgai vividly details everyday life in the village from shopkeepers, street performers, housemaids, geisha, and policemen to university students and their landladies: giving a strong impression of a transitioning Japan moving into the 20th century; though his characterization of women seem less than flattering, possibly suggesting once more, a distinctive Meiji societal attitude. For example, Otama early in the story is depicted with a flaccid personality, weak and too easily compromised to be completely sympathetic to the modern reader. Suezo, on the other hand, adulterous, serpentine and slithering; unlikable from the beginning, describes his wife as 'ugly and quarrelsome.'


Ōgai's imagery may seem clumsy or indelicate in areas as noted in the scene where Okada accidentally kills a wild goose.


Among these bitumen-colored stems and over the dark gray surface of the water reflecting faint lights, we saw a dozen wild geese slowly moving back and forth. Some rested motionless on the water.

"Can you throw that far with a stone?" Ishihara asked, turning to Okada.

Okada hesitated. "They're going to sleep, aren't they? It's cruel to throw at them... I'll make them fly away," said Okada, reluctantly picking up a stone.

The small stone hissed faintly through the air. I watched where it landed, and I saw the neck of a goose drop down. At the same time a few flapped their wings and, uttering cries, dispersed and glided over the water . But they did not rise high into the air. The one that was hit remained where it was.(111)


The image of the dead goose linked with Otama's fate is just one of several less subtle scenes, branding the story in general with a fable-like signature.

Not all wild geese can fly.


The Wild Geese was my first Mori Ōgai novel; a quick read at 119 pages, I have to admit that it didn't impress me as a 'classic' piece of Japanese literature. It truly leaned more to a charming fable whose heroine disregards the coveted riches of golden eggs, and finds freedom in the spreading of her own wings.


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review 2014-09-15 15:39
The Snow Geese: A Story of Home by William Fiennes
The Snow Geese: A Story of Home - William Fiennes

bookshelves: published-2002, winter-20112012, sciences, paper-read, north-americas, nonfiction, books-about-books-and-book-shops, travel, adventure, autobiography-memoir

Read on January 30, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Let's get the coincidence out of the way.

I ordered 3 one-penny-wonder copies of this book, one for Wanda in Georgia, another for Susanna in Greenville and myself, of course, in teh fa' nawf. My copy took the longest of times to arrive and upon opening, it is stamped WITHDRAWN FROM THE GREENVILLE (SC) CO. LIBRARY.

It may be that GoodReads should put dedications in the blurb box too because, with a few notable exceptions, the more mundane the dedication the more mundane the book. This dedication is bog standard, so am not expecting too many flourishes of the iQuill: For my mother and father

There is a flight path diagram showing these birds fly from the Gulf of Mexico to Baffin Island - and that, dear friends, is a baffling l-o-n-g way.

Opening: We had no idea the hotel would be the venue for a ladies' professional golf tournament. Each morning, before breakfast, competitors gathered at the practice tees to loosen up their swings.

I hung on the shirt-tails of this wild goose chase, whilst outside the wind howled and blew back down the chimney making the fire fairies fly. Fiennes had an emotional crisis in his mid-twenties after a serious bout of post surgery illness, so as calming as this is for the reader one is always aware of his detachment.

Best bit? The old Viking in New Iceland.

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