Monday, August 18, 2008

Finding Time



I have two young children and my days are filled with laundry, dishes, making messes, cleaning up messes, arts, crafts, cooking, tons of playing and reading to them. How do I find time to read for myself?
This is a perfect time for me to discuss finding and making time, since I am having a problem with this lately. I do feel that reading is part of being a mother. How will my kids learn to love reading if they never see me read?


According to Verois, Suhler and Associates investment banker "each day in the U.S. people spend 4 hours watching T.V., 3 hours listening to the radio and 14 minutes reading magazines." I think time can be better well spent reading or almost anything else. (This is really hard for me durning the Olympics)


For those of us who have already turned off the T.V. we need to schedule reading time into our lives. We have to schedule time for those things that are most important. Steven R. Covey said "The key is not to prioritize what is on your schedule but to schedule your priorities." Reading to me is a huge priority. I must read for my own education and entertainment but most importantly to be an example for my kids. We should not feel guilty when we take time to read.



Finding time to read:


1. Turn off the T.V./electronics


2. Schedule time to read


3. Realize that reading is important and not just for leisure
May we all find the time we need to learn, and gain our education, not only for ourselves but for those little souls that may be watching for our examples.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Little Britches Father and I were Ranchers by Ralph Moody


The cover of this book says it all. Ralph Moody's books "should be read aloud in every family circle in America." I have only read this one, there are eight in this series. Moody has a total of 19 books. Little Britches is about ranching life in the early 1900's, based on his true life and set in Colorado. There is nothing I can say about this book except that you should read it, and read it to your family. I love how every one in the family adds to the success of the ranch. Everyone can make a difference and in fact has to. The lessons that can be learned and taught from this book are immeasurable. Not only is it a great learning tool, it has a fascinating story line that will keep attention of even the most attention deprived youngsters. Horses, cowboys, chocolate, feuding neighbors, fights, courage, fear and rodeo, this book has everything. This is a family collectible book, one to read and to own.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink


My 8 year old niece and I have started a book club. The first book we read was Sarah, Plain and Tall. Review to come later. The book for August is Baby Island. This has a silly title, but don't let that fool you. It is a cute and adventurous story. It takes place in the pacific ocean where Jean and Mary 10 and 12 find themselves in charge of 4 little children after a shipwreck. Their life boat was let down before it should have been, without any adult on board. They hope to find an island so that they can find food and shelter, Jean starts to doubt that they ever will. After being questioned on her knowledge that they will run into an island Mary responds "because shipwrecked people always do, why, the public library at home is just full of books about shipwrecked people who landed on tropical islands. And did you ever see a book written by a person who was drowned at sea? I never did...You can't expect everything to happen at once. Why we just got wrecked last night. If Mr. Snodgrass said there were lots of little islands around here, there must be...I'm sure we're due at one of those islands right now. Of course, we might be a little late, like the Interurban cars used to be at home."


I rather enjoyed this story. I appreciated the courage of these girls and how they said their prayers even though their parents were not around. I have to admit at one point in the story that tears started to form in my eyes. It has been a long time since a book has done that to me. This is a fabulous book for children ages 4-10. I am already excited about the discussions that I hope to have with my daughter when we read it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Twenty-One Ballons by William Pene du Bois


The Twenty-One Balloons is a winner of the Newbery Medal and an interesting story about Professor William Waterman Sherman and his idea to live for 1 year in a hot air balloon. You see "there are two kinds of travel. The usual way is to take the fastest imaginable conveyance along the shortest road. The other way is not to care particularly where you are going or how long it will take you, or whether you will get there or not." Sherman uses the second type of travel. His travel takes him around the whole world with a rather long stop off on the island of Krakatoa, Indonesia. I thought the book was rather slow, but it was an easy fun read with a fun ending. This is a great book for kids and interesting topics to discuss. There are numerous inventions that could start fun discussions with children.

Monday, July 21, 2008

There are No Shortcuts by Rafe Esquith


Rafe Esquith is an absolutely amazing teacher. In his book There are No Shortcuts, he talks about how he took his inner city fifth graders from being poor/mediocre students to being great and above average. He adopted the theme There are No Shortcuts for his class to teach them that learning takes work. He gives some ideas to teachers and parents on how to foster the love of learning in the students. He also gives a list of his favorite books, as he explains :"Let's face it: reading is the most important subject in school. It's more important than all other other subjects combined. If a child can't learn to read well and love to read, the chances of that kid finding success and happiness on any level are low." I enjoyed reading this book although the attitude in the book is one of anger towards the administrators, government, co-workers and sometimes even the parents of his students. He repeats himself many times throughout the book. If you are going to be a teacher of any kind you may want to check this book out, but I don't recommend this to everyone.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White


The Trumpet of the Swan is an absolutely fabulous book. All children, and parents of children should read it. Louis, a swan, was born without a voice. After becoming aware of this his father said: "Do not let an unnatural sadness settle over you, Louis. Swans must be cheerful, not sad; graceful, not awkward; brave, not cowardly. Remember that the world is full of youngsters who have some sort of handicap that they must overcome. You apparently have a speech defect. I am sure you will overcome it, in time. There may even be some slight advantage, at your age, in not being able to say anything. It compels you to be a good listener. The world is full of talkers, but it is rare to find anyone who listens. And I assure you that you can pick up more information when you are listening than when you are talking."


This is the story of how Louis finds his voice. The characters in this book are lovable. The plot line is intriguing. The climax fascinating. There are many parallels to real life that can stir up great conversations with children. (overcoming hardship, finding what you really want to do in life, taking care of nature, accepting others, kindness) I recommend reading this book to your kids.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth


Nate Twitchell and his family are rather surprised when their hen lays an enormous egg. The hen faithfully incubates the egg with some help from Nate on the turning of it and the egg hatches. The egg contains a dinosaur. The plot thickens as Senator in Washington D.C. makes this speech:


"Do we want our children to grow up to be forward-looking citizens of our forward looking country? Then we must not let them dwell on the useless creatures of the past, the foolish mistakes of Nature discarded long before Columbus planted the American flag on our beautiful shores. No, gentlemen, there must be no living in the past for us, but rather we must bravely face the future, and march on together, hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder, to that glorious destiny that lies before us."
Obviously there were some people in the story who did not want to have the dinosaur around. Nate and his paleontologist friend need to find some way to save the dinosaur, before it is too late. I really enjoyed the characters and this story. I recommend this as a book to read aloud to your children.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray


Sort of "Dead Poet's Society", mixed with "Harry Potter", and a tiny bit of "A Little Princess" "A Great and Terrible Beauty" is an entertaining and intense mystery. The story begins in India with Gemma, a 16 year old, who wants to be sent to London for schooling. She finds herself there about 1 year later with these thoughts. "My mother had wanted me to stay in India. I had wanted to come to London, and now that I'm here, I couldn't be more miserable." Throughout the story she finds three other girls to befriend and share her innermost feelings with, things that she has kept from everyone. This is a coming of age tale, cute and insightful. Although I truly enjoyed this book, I cannot fully recommend it, since there are a couple of scandalous scenes, which, some might find offensive. Here are a few quotes from Gemma as she learns more about herself:

"But forgiveness…I’ll hold on to that fragile slice of hope and keep it close, remembering that in each of us lie good and bad, light and dark, art and pain, choice and regret, cruelty and sacrifice. We’re each of us our own chiaroscuro, our own bit of illusion fighting to emerge into something solid, something real. We’ve got to forgive ourselves that. I must remember to forgive myself. Because there is a lot of grey to work with. No one can live in the light all the time."

"I changed the world; the world changed me.
Everything you do comes back to you. When you affect a situation, you are also affected."

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


Talk about a depressing civilization. The people in this book are sheep, they do whatever they are told. The government told them that books were bad and created a fire department to dispose of all the books. Most of the people complied. But there were a few that knew the worth of the written word. I enjoyed this book. I found myself thinking, what would I do if I found myself in a situation where I did not agree with the rules. Would I fight, would I silently obey? Would I comply and wait for an opportunity to speak my mind.


"Let you alone! That's all very well, but how can I leave myself alone? We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real? "
This book gave me the feeling like I can change things that I see wrong in the world. I have that power. It is not always easy, but it is usually worth it.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Even Fire Fighters Hug Their Moms by Christine Kole MacLean


The book Even Fire Fighters Hug Their Moms has changed the way I play with my kids. I love the pictures. They are so creative. It has shown me a new and exciting way to create fun for my kids. We now are able to explore, imagine, discover and create anything or be anywhere we want. We have recently been scuba diving, fighting fires, cured the sick and flown planes all in the surroundings of our own home. I recommend this book for anyone who has children. It really helped me to be able to access my inner child and be able to pretend better.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

My New Book List

I have been working off of a couple booklists for the books that I choose. Most of the books that I have read lately are juvenile fiction. That is sortof where I chose to start since I did not read much as a youth. Now, I have found a new booklist with deeper content and interesting subjects. This list is from a course taught by Oliver DeMille who I highly respect. I will continue to read the Newberry award books, whatever dear Katie and I decide on for book club and whatever I get my hands on, but will also strive to read books off of the following list also. If you want to read along and make comments on these books you can get started. Here it is:

Allen, Collection of Writings of George
Washington
Hamilton, Mythology
Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago
Madison, et. al., The Federalist Papers
Plato, The Republic
Aristotle, Politics
Warren Bennis, Why Leaders Can’t Lead
Peter Drucker, The Effective Executive
Collins, Good to Great (with supplement for
non-profits)
Walton, The Deming Management Method
The Shell Global Scenarios 2025
Jung, Synchronicity
Coelho, The Alchemist
Hughes, The Vital Few
Jacques Barzun, Teacher in America
C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
George Turnbull, Observations upon Liberal
Education
G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
Henry Newman, The Idea of a University
Josiah Bunting, An Education for Our Times
Skousen, The Making of America
Eldridge, Wild at Heart
Eldridge, Captivating
Arbinger Institute, The Peacegiver
Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces
Hugo, Les Miserables
Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Bhagavad-Gita
Qur’an
Course on Miracles
Darwin, Origin of the Species
Hawking, The Universe in a Nutshell
Feynman, Lectures on Physics
Buber, I and Thou
James, Pragmatism
Jaworski, Synchronicity
The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis
Nibley, Ancient State
Wilber, A Brief History of Everything
Nietzsche, selected readings
Rand, Fountainhead & Atlas Shrugged
Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Freud, Collected Writings (ed. by Peter Gay)
Aurelius, Meditations

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins


Criss Cross is a snippet from the lives of a couple teenage friends who are now discovering the opposite sex. I rather enjoyed this book. It was a cute story that could relate my teenage years to. I liked the character of Debbie. At the beginning of the book she wishes for "something different... [to] happen. Something good. To me". She is a little nervous around certain boys and blushes easily. I was so her 10 or 15 years ago, could I really be that old? I think that anyone who reads this book will be able to find a character that they are most like and identify with. I recommend this book to anyone who is a teenager or has a teenager.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Favorites Cookbook


To purchase a copy of one of the best cookbooks ever go to this link. http://www.makeawishutah.org/giving/cookbooks.html

It is a fabulous cookbook, and you can feel good purchasing one because it is for a good cause. I am actually making the lemon chicken recipe from this book for our dinner tonight. The salads in this book are to die for. Everything I have ever made in this book is so good. Here is a sample salad recipe.



Book Club Chicken Salad

6 to 8 Chicken Breasts

Cook chicken breasts for 30 min at 350 degrees. Cool and cut into small pieces. (I cooked the chicken in a frying pan on top of the stove.)

Sugared Almonds:

8 oz. slivered almonds
4 tbsp. sugar

In small skillet, sprinkle sugar over almonds and cook over medium heat until almonds are coated and sugar has dissolved.

2 bags European blend salad mix (I just used romaine.)
1 head iceberg lettuce, torn into pieces
1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup craisins
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

Dressing:

½ red onion, or less if onion is large
2 cups sugar
4 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. salt
1 cup red wine vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
2 cups vegetable oil.

For dressing, finely chop red onion in food processor. Add sugar, dry mustard, salt and vinegar and bled until frothy. Slowly add oil. Toss chicken, lettuce, bacon, craisins, and cheese together in a large salad bowl. Add dressing and toss to coat. Sprinkle sugared almonds on top and serve.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Fledgling by Jane Langton


The Fledgling was one of my favorite books as a youth. My copy of this book is falling apart and had to be taped back together. I enjoy reading well loved books. I really connected with Georgie, who has a hideout, vivid imagination and thinks she can fly. Her family is concerned with her fascination and belief that she can fly; they worry that she will get hurt.


"Poor Georgie...She is too young to know the limits of human possibility. For Georgie, anything is possible! She lives entirely in the pure ideal. And, after all, why should she not have been born with wings?...It's too bad! What a terrible cosmic mistake?"


This is a cute story that shows that anything is possible. There are a couple of crazy characters Madeline Prawn and Mr. Preek who are concerned about "the child" and her association with the geese that live on Walden pond. I recommend this book to anyone who has wanted to do the impossible.

Friday, June 20, 2008

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame



The Wind in the Willows is a cute story about friends who stick together to the end. The groups of animals which Graham has set up is interesting to watch unfold. The woodland animals, river bankers and the underground dwellers all live by the rules of their society. I found Toad fun and interesting. Rat was kind and friendly. Mole is loyal and genuine. I did not know what to think about Badger at first, but by the end I found him to be of great character and an honorable friend. The story unravels as Toad, the adventure seeker, finds himself infatuated with cars. His friends don't want him to get in trouble or end up hurt so they banish him to his room. This is where the adventure really begins. The rest is full of, escapes, car chases, police, weasels, guns, fighting, trains, disguises and more. This would be a great read aloud book, but there is an "occasional use of an affectionate British insult which some Americans find offensive."

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie


Peter Pan is the classic tale of the boy who never grew up. I was surprised to see how closely the book is followed by the Walt Disney cartoon version of the same tale. It is fortunate that Peter stayed a boy though, for if he were to choose to grow up a little and then stick somewhere in the teenage years, he would become the worlds greatest heart breaker. For some reason girls cling to him and stick around even though he does not treat them well. Pan's search for a mother figure in his life, brings to light the importance of a mother's love. Wendy is sure that her mother has and will always leave the window open for her to come back from her adventure in Neverland whenever she is ready. Peter does not believe it. "I thought like you that my mother would always keep the window open for me: so I stayed away for moons and moons and moons, and then flew back; but the window was barred, for mother had forgotten all about me, and there was another little boy sleeping in my bed." This is sad. I could hardly believe the feelings that Peter had towards his mother, who he did not really remember. I was also shocked at how crude, rude and jealous Tinker Bell was. The one saving grace for her is that she put her life on the line to save Peter. I think this was an entertaining book, but I would suggest that it should be read by children that are older than eight. There are some swear words and some rough behavior.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Hitty Her First Hundred Years


Although this book is a little slow at times, I enjoyed it. The story follows Hitty (a wooden doll) through many adventures in her first 100 years of existence. There were many times in my childhood that I wished my dolls could talk. This is a chance to see the world from a dolls perspective. The story is based on a real doll that is displayed in a museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. This would be a great book to read out loud to a daughter. The author does have a sense of humor about the different scenarios. I had to laugh when Hitty wanted to learn to dance and she said something like the mind was willing but the pegs would not comply. There were also many times that Hitty wished she could help with the different situations that she found herself in. I enjoyed seeing that perspective. Now if only my mother's "Bride Doll" could talk. I would love to hear what she had to say.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Shel Siverstein



Shel Silverstein poems are classics from my childhood. I prefer "Where the Sidewalk Ends" of his poem books. My brother was given that book for Christmas one year and I received "A Light in the Attic". In the summer my mom would have us practice our handwriting by copying Shel Silverstein poems. His poems are silly and outrageous, but I love them. Here are a few of my favorites.


Smart
My dad gave me one dollar bill
'Cause I'm his smartest son,
And I swapped it for two shiny quarters
'Cause two is more than one!
And then I took the quarters
And traded them to Lou
For three dimes -- I guess he don't know
That three is more than two!
Just then, along came old blind Bates
And just 'cause he can't see
He gave me four nickles for my three dimes,
And four is more than three!
And I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs
Down at the seed-feed store,
And the fool gave me five pennies for them,
And five is more than four!
And then I went and showed my dad,
And he got red in the cheeks
And closed his eyes and shook his head--
Too proud of me to speak!


My mom read this one to us often.


Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out
Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout
Would not take the garbage out!
She'd scour the pots and scrape the pans,
Candy the yams and spice the hams,
And though her daddy would scream and shout,
She simply would not take the garbage out.
And so it piled up the ceilings:
Coffee grounds, potato peelings,
Brown bananas, rotten peas,
Chunks of sour cottage cheese.
It filled the can, it covered the floor,
It cracked the window and blocked the door
With bacon rinds and chicken bones,
Drippy ends of ice cream cones,
Prune pits, peach pits, orange peel,
Gloppy glumps of cold oatmeal,
Pizza crust and withered greens,
Soggy beans and tangerines,
Crusts of black burned buttered toast,
Gristly bits of beefy roasts...
The garbage rolled on down the hall,
It raised the roof, it broke the wall...
Greasy napkins, cookie crumbs,
Globs of gooey bubble gum,
Cellophane from green baloney,
Rubbery blubbery macaroni,
Peanut butter, caked and dry,
Curdled milk and crusts of pie,
Moldy melons, dried-up mustard,
Eggshells mixed with lemon custard,
Cold french fries and rancid meat,
Yellow lumps of Cream of Wheat.
At last the garbage reached so high
That finally it touched the sky.
And all the neighbors moved away,
And none of her friends would come to play.
And finally Sarah Cynthia Stout said,
"OK, I'll take the garbage out!"
But then, of course, it was too late...
The garbage reached across the state,
From New York to the Golden Gate.
And there, in the garbage she did hate,
Poor Sarah met an awful fate,
That I cannot right now relate
Because the hour is much too late.
But children, remember Sarah Stout
And always take the garbage out!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert


I am still trying to process the premise, theme and outcome of the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. The book follows the author through an adventure as she travels for a year through Italy, India and Indonesia to find out how to balance passion and devotion. I enjoyed reading about her time in India, where she spent four months in a yogic ashram, meditating and concentrating about the things of God. After surviving a divorce and and bad breakup she harbored some harsh feelings toward certain others, herself and even toward God. While in India she became free from these feelings and found herself not willing to give refuge to any thought that had the ability to harm her spirit. This was a breakthrough thought for me. I have repeated her words, "I will not harbor unhealthy thoughts" many times in the past couple days and it has helped free my mind for more important purposes. I will forever be grateful to Elizabeth Gilbert for those simple words. I am not delighted about how the book ends, but I loved to watch as she comtemplated many of the hardest questions ever asked. As for the book, I am not going to endorse or discourage reading this book, if you do read it, lets discuss.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Wheel on the School by Meindert Dejong


The Wheel on the School is a cute book about 6 classmates who try to do something impossible; bring storks to their town. My niece and her family read this book together. During the same time her doll's hat was lost. (I have to claim some responsibility since it was my daughter that lost the hat). She worried about the hat for this was not just any doll this was her absolute favorite doll. While reading this book, she found her answer. The teacher assigns all the students to find a wheel, "look where a wheel could be and where it could not possibly be." After hearing this from the book, my niece knew what she should do for discover the hiding place for the hat. She looked where the hat could be and where the hat could not possibly be and found it in a place where no one would have looked. After she told me this miraculous story, I realized this is what books should do for us. They should help us live our lives better and give us other people's experiences to learn from. I recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a fun, easy read. This is also a great read aloud book for families.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights is a book filled with icky characters and a sad and depressing story line. I decided to read this book because it was mentioned in two other books that I recently read. Understandably this book was read often by Bella in the Twilight series. Her relationship with Edward was intense and risky and so is the relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine in Wuthering Heights. But, I have no idea why Julie in "Up a Road Slowly" was so interested in this book.


I was under the impression that this was going to be a sweet love story. I guess that there is a little romance but the love story is depressing and drives certain characters to madness. This book did not help me in anyway to become or feel like a better person. I do appreciate Emily Bronte's writing style and I think that she is a beautiful writer, but for the reason stated above, I do not recommend this book.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd


Lily Owens has a hard life, she lives with T-Ray and here is her description of him: "He didn't believe in slumber parties or sock hops, which wasn't a big concern, as I never got invited to them anyway, but he refused to drive me to town for football games, pep rallies, or beta club car washes, which were held on Saturdays. He did not care that I wore clothes I made for myself in home economics class, cotton print shirtwaists with crooked zippers and skirts hanging below my knees, outfits only the Pentecostal girls wore. I might as well have worn a sign on my back: I Am Not Popular, and Never Will Be." She has one faint memory of her mother and a gun, but does not remember what happened.


Throughout this story Lily comes to understand her past, accept her present and look forward to the future. She needs to learn a few things first, including the secret life of bees. I love the part in the book where she talks about forgiveness and says that some people would rather die than forgive. This is true.


"Bee yard etiquette: ... the world is really one big bee yard, and the same rules work fine in both places: Don't be afraid, as no life-loving bee wants to sting you. Still, don't be an idiot; wear long sleeves and long pants. Don't swat. Don't even think about swatting. If you feel angry, whistle. Anger agitates, while whistling melts a bee's temper. Act like you know what you're doing, even if you don't. Above all, send the bees love. Every little thing wants to be loved."


I recommend this book. There are some great characters that are full of life and are very lovable and some that are easy to despise.


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Remember reading Charlotte's web as a child and bawling so hard that the last chapter was difficult to finish. For me it is easy to remember what I thought about this book since I read it for the first time last year. The themes of friendship and watching for the good in others run rampant through the story. The friendship that Wilber and Charlotte share makes a huge difference in both of their lives.

Fern is also a great friend. She sees something good in Wilber that no one else can see, at first. What would have happened if she did not wake up early the morning of Wilber's birth. I love the beginning after Fern saves Wilber from the chopping block and her brother Avery asks if he can have a pig also. Their dad answers "No, I only distribute pigs to early risers. Fern was up at daylight, trying to rid the world of injustice. As a result, she now has a pig, a small one, to be sure, but nevertheless a pig. It just shows what can happen if a person gets out of bed promptly..."

This is the first chapter book that I read to my son. After reading the book we watched two different versions of the movie. My advise, skip the movies, they are not worth it. This is definitely a book worth reading.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Eloise Wilkin

I tried to come up with my favorite children's book, but I can't possibly narrow it down to one, so I have three. They all are written and illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. Her books are hard to come by, but a collection of her books can be purchased on Amazon.com for around $8.00. This collection includes stories like Busy Timmy, Baby Dear and We Help Mommy. Eloise Wilkins books are very collectable and some are hard to find. She is an amazing illustrator and anyone who has read her books loves them.
Here are my three favorites:

Baby Dear. My parents gave me this book sometime when there was a new baby in our home. It is about a little girl who takes care of her baby doll while her mom takes care of the new baby. When I had my second baby my sister gave me another copy of this book, I read it to my children all the time. It is such a cute story. Copies of this book start at around $20.00.

My Goodnight Book. What a sweet book. This book shows all the things that a little girl does before she goes to bed. I love how this book includes saying prayers before going to bed. I recommend this book to anyone who has a baby girl. There are plenty of used copies of this book for sale for $1.00-$37.00.
Fix it, Please. This story is about a little brother and sister who are always breaking things. A plate, a button, and a doll are among the things that need to be fixed. Mom, Dad and even a doctor are called upon to "fix it, please". I can't even estimate the amount of times that I asked my parents to read this book to me. This book is out of print and hard to find. I saw a copy for sale for $20.00.


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Book Bug

I have caught it: the book bug. I have the desire to read and read often. My hope is that this disease spreads like wildfire across our nation and even around the world. Thank you to all my friends and family that have helped me to develop need to read.

Statistics are scary regarding reading. According to the National Adult Literacy Survey in 1992, "44 million adults in the U.S. can't read well enough to read a simple story to a child." "21 million Americans can't read at all...one-fifth of high school graduates can't read their diplomas." (Department of Justice, 1993)

Jerold Jenkins, a publisher, lists these statistics:

1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.
80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.

I do not want to be part of these statistics. Reading can be entertaining, educational and enlightening. And of all books, those are the ones that I search for.