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text 2018-05-11 18:03
Good series
Loire Valley A World Heritage Site: From Sully-sur-Loire to Chalonnes-sur-Loire. Travel Guide 2016 - Jérôme Sabatier
Strasbourg Patrimoine Mondial: Guide de voyage Strasbourg, Grande Ile - 2016 (French Edition) - Jérôme Sabatier
Canal du Midi A World Heritage Site: Travel guide Canal du Midi - 2016 - Jérôme Sabatier
Lyon A World Heritage Site: Travel Guide Lyon, Historic Center - 2016 - Jérôme Sabatier
Carcassonne A World Heritage Site: Travel guide Carcassonne, medieval City - 2016 - Jérôme Sabatier

This is a travel series about UNESCO sites in France.  It is well done with lots of tourist information including family friendly suggests.

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review 2017-09-04 01:05
Christianity
Christianity (American Heritage Library) - Roland H. Bainton

The history of Christianity spans over 2000 years, across three then five continents, and numerous individuals doing their best to follow the example of Jesus.  Roland H. Bainton’s Christianity is a survey of the history, theology developments, and impact of the faith has had on society over the length of its existence since the ministry of Christ on earth.

 

Beginning with the various cultural backgrounds that influenced the life of Jesus and the society he lived and teach in, Bainton writes an easily read survey of Christianity.  Everything from the Apostolic Age through the persecution by the Roman Empire then its long progression of conversation through the Western Empire’s fall is covered very well.  However with Rome’s fall, the book’s focus begins to be firmly placed in Western Europe—later to expand to the Americas—with all the culture, historical, political, and theological developments that are well-known to anyone with a general knowledge of the history of Western civilization.  Given the book is less than 400 pages in length, Bainton’s having to choose the best way to get through the history of Christianity meant having to neglect the developments of East Orthodox, Oriental, and Coptic Christianity in favor to everything connected to Western Christianity.

 

Though not all facets are covered, Roland H. Bainton’s Christianity is a well-written survey that covers the basics of everything related to Western Christianity.  For anyone looking for general information of Christianity, I recommend this book to you.

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review 2017-07-08 00:00
Jack and the Red Beanstalk (The Heritage Collection)
Jack and the Red Beanstalk (The Heritage... Jack and the Red Beanstalk (The Heritage Collection) - Aphrodyi Antoine I was drawn to this book because of the part about NubiTales retelling from a modern, multi-cultural perspective. I had no idea what to expect. I ended up really liking it though.

Jack and the Red Beanstalk takes the typical story we all know, and then tells it through a Swahili lens. It's easy to figure out the Swahili words used, as they have a solid illustrator that they have worked with, and the context is clear. 

This is a simple, easy to read re-telling that does exactly what it sets out to do. It provides African American children a version of the tale that has characters they can relate to on more than just a gender level. It introduces some Swahili words and concepts. It proves exactly how easy it is to make a story diverse and multicultural. Even the modern bit works too (although it doesn't really play into anything.)

I did love the illustrations. Ebony Glenn did a great job. I liked how the illustrations varied in size, but always played perfectly with the story.

I would definitely be willing to pick up more from the NubiTales series. I think what they're doing is awesome. 
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review 2017-03-20 20:07
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Mildred D. Taylor

This book is part of a several book series on the Logan family. The book takes place during The Great Depression in the deep south. It is about an African American family and their struggle against racism. The main character, Cassie, has to learn the "do's" and "don'ts" that society requires. Because the book is shown through a child's perspective, it really questions and displays the types of injustices that were a common occurrence for the time period. The book may show injustices that people may not normally think about or know to think about. This book is a great example for what life was like as well as what types of social struggles occurred at the time. This book would be a great text to use a reinforcement read for history class for the study of The Great Depression, Black History Month, and feelings on personal heritage. The lexile level is 920L so it could be used around the 5th or 6th grade.

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review 2017-01-21 17:58
Harness (Terran Times) Viola Grace Review
Harness (Terran Times) - Viola Grace

Using tech to hold her shape becomes a problem when she meets a man who drives her senses into overdrive.

Alfreda has become used to the constant pressure of her harness, keeping her in a basic bipedal form and helping her back into her Terran shape. When she learns that her mixed blood makes the shapeshifter in her far stronger than the human, she has a choice. Should she give in or keep herself human at all costs?

El-sur works with the Guardian project, finding those of his species and training them to their full potential. Alfreda is stronger than any other shifter he has met, and she is also the only female of his kind he has ever seen. Will biology win over education?

 

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This one was fully of twists and turns with the romance a sweet beat in the background.

 

The heroines self discovery was good to watch as was the coming alive of a world. 

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