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review 2019-01-23 11:26
Shadows and Light, Michael Gray
Shadows and Light - David McLaughlin,Mi... Shadows and Light - David McLaughlin,Michael Gray

This slim volume makes accessible the photographic work of Bath and the surrounding area by one Rev. Lockey, taken circa 1850s. This is obviously a valuable service to amateur historians but it also shows Lockey to have had a keen eye for a good image - and not always the obvious one, either. Some of them show views of buildings that, whilst still existing, are not readily accessible to the public now. Others show scenes that have since evolved beyond all recognition. Some show a common Bath phenomenon; scenes that are readily recognisable from unchanged buildings but with streets that indicate the era they were made in. Here, it's unpaved roads, gas lamps and horse-drawn vehicles.

 

Lockey demonstrates that techniques common from the more recent eras of film photography started early: He painted negatives and took stereoscope pairs, for instance. (Exposure times were too long to capture fleeting cloud formations, so he would paint clouds in!) Stereoscopes, which allowed a 3-D effect, were a huge fad in the Victorian era.

 

The book makes good, large reproductions of the images - this is no mean feat, considering the technical challenges involved with dealing with very old prints and negatives at a time when digitisation was not a practical option.

 

Here's another gratuitous Bath pic: The Obelisk (one of three in the city) in Victoria Park. Since the version in the book was taken: lots of tree growth; paved roads; some-one stole a cannon!

 

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text 2019-01-23 09:51
Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 64 pages.
Shadows and Light - David McLaughlin,Mi... Shadows and Light - David McLaughlin,Michael Gray

Lockey took many "stereoscope pairs" - slightly off-set pairs of images which, when viewed through a stereoscope, gave a 3-D effect. So this technique which was extraordinarily popular with the viewing public, is also much older than I thought.

 

Like everyone else with any interest in photography who's ever been there, Lockey took a photo of Abbey Churchyard, featuring the West Gate of the Abbey. Unlike my version (see below), Lockey's is taken from an elevated vantage, which I think must have been from the first floor of the building opposite the Abbey. Gas lamps but no other street furniture appear in the Churchyard area, unlike today.

 

 

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review 2019-01-23 04:21
The Poet X
The Poet X - Rosa Elizabeth Acevedo Marin

This was a beautiful book. I bought it for my daughter for Christmas, but then listened to the audiobook from the library because I wanted to hear the author read it (and I didn't want to swipe my daughter's Christmas present before she had a chance to read it. Really, I swear.) I got to work early the other day and was glad nobody was around to see me crying towards the end — this is tough to listen to at times as a Mom, and yes, I know I have no business reading YA books but I do anyway. And, when it's perfect like this one, I completely forget I'm a Mom, and I am yelling in my car, "STOP! Don't do that, you're gonna regret that," and I realize I am yelling at the Mom and I am sixteen all over again.

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review 2019-01-23 03:40
Ms. Harris' Overview of Bridge to Terabitha
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabitha is a wonderful book that opens up a new realm to students imagination. This book is about a young boy who becomes close friends with a girl who challenges him to discover who he really is. This book has some language that may have to be discussed with students and parents before reading. Suggested to read as a whole group. Bridge to Terabitha is a 4.6 reading level. An activity for students to participate in is to write "what if's" in Jess's perspective. "What if" Jess did not follow his art passion? "What if" Jess showed up at the right time? Etc. Warning: This book makes me cry.

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review 2019-01-23 03:30
Ms. Harris' Overview of Miss Nelson is Missing
Miss Nelson Is Missing! - Harry Allard,James Marshall

Miss Nelson is Missing is a fun book for teachers and students. It is a book full of mystery and laughter. This book is rated at a 2.7 (2nd grave, 7th month) reading level. This is personally one of my favorite books that I remember reading when I was younger. This book will allow students to engage in conversation and may help the teacher out a little (you will just HAVE to read to find out what I mean). A great activity for this reading is to have the students go on a "hunt". 

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