Quick Book Review: DK Life Stories: Gandhi by Diane Bailey

Quick Book Review: DK Life Stories: Gandhi by Diane Bailey



DK Life Stories: GandhiDiane BaileyDK01/08/2019Click on the image above to purchase on Amazon!*As an Amazon Associate, I earn proceeds from every purchase made through the link above.

Gandhi was nothing short of an inspiration for many people around the world after his death. I remember learning about him in school and being inspired by his selflessness, but other than that, I had forgotten about his achievements. This book was a good primer on all that he had accomplished in his lifetime. I really enjoyed learning about his commitment to non-violence and peaceful protest and was surprised and excited to learn that Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr used his philosophies to further their causes, as well. I highly recommend this book!

Thank you to Diane Bailey and DK for making DK Life Stories: Gandhi available to me.

Quick Book Review: The Animals of Chinese New Year by Jen Sookfong Lee

Quick Book Review: The Animals of Chinese New Year by Jen Sookfong Lee



The Animals of Chinese New YearJen Sookfong LeeOrca Book Publishers01/08/2019Click on the image above to purchase on Amazon!*As an Amazon Associate, I earn proceeds from every purchase made through the link above.

This book is a simple picture book for young children that teaches them each of the animals of the Chinese new year. Each page talks about the animal in both English and Chinese and has a sweet photo of a baby on the opposite page. Young children will love this book! 

Thank you to Jen Sookfong Lee and Orca Book Publishers for making The Animals of Chinese New Year available to me.

Quick Book Review: Sewing the Rainbow by Gayle E. Pitman

Quick Book Review: Sewing the Rainbow by Gayle E. Pitman



Sewing the Rainbow Gayle E. PitmanMagination Press05/22/2018
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Wow! Sewing the Rainbow packed a punch with all of the information it had. It follows Gilbert Baker’s story as he discovers that he likes to design fashion and his father takes his drawing supplies away in an effort to make him “man up.” He was then sent to the military where he refused to shoot his weapon. Eventually he received an honorable discharge. He was generally unfulfilled with his life, though, until he took fashion designing back up. At a time when identity was just being discovered in the LGBT community, there were only really prejudicial symbols to represent gay people. Gilbert Baker came up with the idea of a rainbow flag to represent the identity of the gay community so that they had a way to organize and identify one another. Thus, the birth of the rainbow flag was born. I found the story interesting (as I had never heard it before) and him inspiring. The illustrations in the book were phenomenal. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to teach a child the story of the rainbow flag.

Thank you to Gayle E. Pitman and Magination Press for making this book available to me.

Quick Book Review: Up The Mountain Path by Marianne Dubuc

Quick Book Review: Up The Mountain Path by Marianne Dubuc



Up the Mountain PathMarianne DubucPrinceton Architectural Press10/02/2018
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I enjoyed this book so much! Mrs. Badger goes up to the top of the mountain, when she meets Lulu. Lulu is a young kitten that begins to accompany her week after week. Eventually Mrs. Badger can no longer go up the mountain and then is no longer alive to accompany Lulu. As Lulu goes up the mountain after losing her friend, she encounters a new friend. This book is absolutely stunning. The artwork is beautiful and inviting. The animals are fun. I want to own a hardcover copy of this book! I highly recommend this book.

Thank you to Princeton Architectural Press for making this book available to me.

Quick Book Review: Robert Bateman: The Boy Who Painted Nature by Margriet Ruurs; Artist, Robert Bateman

Quick Book Review: Robert Bateman: The Boy Who Painted Nature by Margriet Ruurs; Artist, Robert Bateman



Robert Bateman: The Boy Who Painted NatureMargriet RuursRobert BatemanOrca Book Publishers11/13/2018
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This book is an autobiography of Robert Bateman. The book follows his life as a child through adulthood, from painting to painting. It outlines his environmental achievements and causes along with his family life. Robert Bateman’s paintings are so gloriously stunning that me and my brother kept stopping to admire his work and just felt so in shock that the work wasn’t a photograph. He is truly inspiring and I personally admire his ability to create such lifelike paintings. I will absolutely look for more of his work online and I highly recommend this book.

Thank you to Orca Book Publishers for making this book available to me.

Quick Book Review: Lucy Maud Montgomery by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Quick Book Review: Lucy Maud Montgomery by Isabel Sanchez Vegara



Lucy Maud MontgomeryIsabel Sanchez VegaraQuarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincolns Children’s Books10/02/2018
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I’ve always loved Anne of Green Gables. It was a book that really gave me joy when dealing with the difficult parts of life and I reread it again and again. What I didn’t know was that Lucy Maud Montgomery, or “Maud” as she went by, based Anne on herself. I had no idea what kinds of struggles she faced or that she was just like Anne when she was a little girl. Reading this book was similar to reading an abbreviated form of Anne’s story. I admire Maud for giving writing a go and never letting society stop her from becoming who she was meant to be. This was another great book in the Little People, Big Dreams series!

Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincolns Children’s Books for making this book available to me.

Quick Book Review: STEAM STORIES

Quick Book Review: STEAM STORIES

Robot Repairs focuses on Technology!

STEAM STORIES: Robot Repairs and STEAM STORIES: The Great Go-Kart Race
Jonathon Litton
Quarto Publishing Group – QEB
09/20/2018



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I really loved both of these books. I would highly recommend these books purely for their critical thinking, as well as their focus on STEAM (science, technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). These books are fun and enjoyable for young readers but it leaves a lot of questions for those children to answer to involve them in the process so that they can become critical thinkers.

The Great Go-Kart Race focuses on Science!

The two children in the book take on problems head-on, using what they know, and what help comes along the way to solve complex issues, like how to put a battery into an electricity powered object, how to use different types of tools and considering what the best method is for any given problem.

I was provided a copy of this book through the website Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Special thanks to Quarto Publishing Group – QEB and Jonathon Litton for making this book available for review.

Book Review: Drawn to Sex by Erika Moen, Matthew Nolan

Book Review: Drawn to Sex by Erika Moen, Matthew Nolan

Drawn to Sex
Erika Moen, Matthew Nolan
Limerance Press
11/06/2018

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What the Book is About

Drawn to Sex: The Basics is a comprehensive guide to sex including all the different types of sex that one could possibly engage in. The book includes information about birth control, barriers, and other safety techniques. This is a no-judgment, sex-positive, informative book.

First Impressions

The artwork is cute and the book showcases a lot of types of bodies and relationships.

What I Liked

I liked that there was such a large quantity of information presented and that it was given in such a sex positive way that included no judgment or shame. The book is intended to provide information in such a way that it’s comprehensive and allows the reader to get out of it what they want. There are sections on masturbation, vaginal penetration, oral sex, and anal sex. There is information about how to be safe during sex and how to explore new ideas that you might be interested in. Consent had its own section in this book, which was especially awesome!

The best part of this book, in my opinion, is the fact that even at the age of 31, there was still so much I didn’t know and was able to learn from. I really think this book is for anyone who wants to know more about sex.

Also, the graphics in the book are very LGBT friendly, as is the book overall, so I was extra surprised and impressed by it. There was even mention that some people don’t enjoy sex or want sex, referencing asexual people, which was extra cool! 

What I Didn’t Like

Some of the drawings that were more detailed made me uncomfortable. That is mostly because I was raised in an ultra conservative, Christian household, so I’m not used to the explicitness that this provided. Keep that in mind if that’s your background, too.

Final Thoughts

I highly recommend this book for older teens, young adults, and adults of all ages. I think there is a lot to be learned from this book. I would recommend the book for anyone learning about sex, however, I felt some of the themes might be to in-depth for younger teens or pre-teens. 

Disclaimer

I was provided a copy of this book through the website Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Special thanks to Limerance Press for making this book available for review.

Quick Book Review: Hector’s Favorite Place by Jo Rooks

Quick Book Review: Hector’s Favorite Place by Jo Rooks



Hector’s Favorite Place Jo RooksMagination Press08/13/2018
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I really enjoyed this cute book. Hector has lots of worries about getting hurt or sick and it keeps him from having fun with his friends. Eventually he realizes that he needs to push himself a little bit harder to get past his worries so that he can have a good time. Once he’s having fun, he forgets his worries and has a great time! This book is so good for teaching little kids that worries can be scary but that we can push through and have a wonderful time. I highly recommend this book!

Thank you to Jo Rooks and Magination Press for making this book available to me.

Quick Book Review: Mr Packrat Really Wants That by Marcus Ewert

Quick Book Review: Mr Packrat Really Wants That by Marcus Ewert



Mr Packrat Really Wants ThatMarcus EwertParallax Press10/30/2018
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Mr. Pack Rat Really Wants that is an endearing book about a rat that wants to add happiness to his home in the form of things. It’s only after getting everything he wants that he realizes happiness doesn’t come from things and  he begins to enjoy things and life for what they are. The book teaches valuable lessons in the form of being grateful for what you already have and not taking from others.

Thank you to Marcus Ewert and Parallax Press for making this book available to me.