Category: Biography

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: 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: Photographic – the life of Graciela Iturbide

Book Review: Photographic – the life of Graciela Iturbide

Photographic: The Life of Graciela IturbideIsabel Quintero & Zeke PenaISBN# 978-1-939100-09-2
Getty Publications10/24/2017

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What the Book’s About

Photographic is a graphic novel biographical telling that follows Ms Iturbide as she deals with tragedy and moves forward trying to find herself. She takes a journey as a photographer to several countries as she becomes an icon.

First Impressions

What drew me to Photographic was the cover art. I just had to know what story the book was going to tell. When I read about Graciela Iturbide in the book’s synopsis, I was very intrigued to find out more. What tragedy struck? Why did she travel the world? How famous or renowned did she become? Did she settle down again with a family? I knew I had to read the book to find out.

What I Liked

I really enjoyed the artist’s take on Graciela and her photographs. The illustrations are beautiful. In addition, Graciela’s photography is haunting. My favorite images are the ones she took of people. I think my absolute favorite story is the one about Juchitan. Her travels and life seem rather fascinating!

What I Didn’t Like

I had a difficult time following the narration and it felt really disjointed to me. I struggled to understand the meanings behind a lot of it. I felt it was meant to be poetic but I still lacked the ability to understand it. I also found a few of the pages’ text to be difficult to read.

Follow Up Thoughts & Feelings

This book is very interesting! I do recommend the book to people who really like graphic novels and are interested in Mexico or photography. I would caution that if you aren’t into very metaphorical illustrative dialogue, the narration in the book may be difficult to understand.

Disclaimer

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

Special thanks to Getty Publications and authors Isabel Quintero and Zeke Pena 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.