Category: Non-Fiction

Book Review: Pride Colors by Robin Stevenson

Book Review: Pride Colors by Robin Stevenson

Pride Colors
Robin Stevenson
Orca Book Publishers
03/12/2019

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What the Book is About

Pride Colors is about the colors in the pride flag. The book uses photography and poetic writing to illustrate the beauty of the rainbow.

First Impressions

The photography is incredible. I love the amount of representation the book has in it with various different skin tones and family types.

What I Liked

I really liked the interplay between the colors and phrases. For example, the yellow page is about a bright smile. Also, the end of the book has the meaning for each of the colors in the pride flag. The best part of this book is the representation because we see kids with two moms and two dads. 

What I Didn’t Like

Nothing! This is a great educational, fun book for young children.

Final Thoughts

I highly recommend this book! It’d be a great addition to any child’s library. 

Disclaimer

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

Special thanks to Orca Book Publishers and Robin Stevenson for making this book available for review.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

Quick Book Review: Owling by Mark Wilson

Quick Book Review: Owling by Mark Wilson

OwlingMark WilsonStorey Publishing03/05/2019Click to purchase on Amazon!*As an Amazon Associate, I earn proceeds from every purchase made through the link above.

Owling is a really in-depth look at Owls from facts about all owls, to specific breed facts, to how to find them in real life. The book is very interesting! I learned so many new things about owls that I didn’t know before. For example, did you know the facial disks around their eyes are what help them be able to hear? I think anyone with a fascination for owls would enjoy this book!

Thank you to Mark Wilson and Storey Publishing for making this book available to me.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

Quick Book Review: Babies of the Great Bear Rainforest by Ian McAllister

Quick Book Review: Babies of the Great Bear Rainforest by Ian McAllister



Babies of the Great Bear Rainforest
Ian McAllisterOrca Book Publishers02/26/2019
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Babies of the Great Bear Rainforest is such a beautiful book filled with photography. The photography showcases wildlife from the largest remaining ancient coastal temperate rainforest that makes up one fourth of the remaining rainforests of its type. This book showcases the wonders contained within this special untouched place including some of the 230 bird species and 68 mammal species that live there. I am in absolute awe of the stunning animals and can’t wait to find out more about this region. I would highly recommend this book to any little animal lover.

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

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

Quick Book Review: The Sea Book by Charlotte Milner

Quick Book Review: The Sea Book by Charlotte Milner

The Sea BookCharlotte MilnerDK Children02/05/2019Click to purchase on Amazon!*As an Amazon Associate, I earn proceeds from every purchase made through the link above.

The Sea Book explores various creatures and depths of the sea. The most interesting thing about this book is the information it provides about how vital sea life is to our ability to live. I loved the included facts and information about what threatens sea life and what children can do to help everyday. The illustrations were really cute, as well.

Thank you to Charlotte Milner and DK children for making this book available to me.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

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.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

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.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

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.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

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.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

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.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

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.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.