Stop Those Painters! – Rita Golden Gelman

Funny

Whimsical

Entertaining

And my two year old is not the only one to like this book!  Both  my husband and I enjoy reading this book to her.  Perhaps it’s because the rhymes are reminescent of Dr. Seuss.  Perhaps it’s because the pictures are so outlandish.  Maybe it’s because it’s so easy to memorize that we don’t need to read it anymore (which is key when reading to a two year who really likes turning pages).

Then again it’s probably because the book is easy to memorize.  Which means I get to hear my cute little two-year-old SweetPea “read” the book to me.  And her interpretation is way better than anything I could come up with.

So my two-year-old likes this book.  My husband enjoys/tolerates this book.  I like this book.  That means it’s a winner as far as I’m concerned.

Stop Those Painters!

Stop Those Painters!

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On a Roll: Louise Cooper’s Indigo Series; a review

Believe it or not, but while I wasn’t posting on here, I have been recreationally reading.  Probably more than I should have.  I should have been studying, but when I get overwhelmed I look to escape, and I’m sorry to say but my Medical-Surgical Nursing textbook does not provide the kind of escape I like.  So instead I read lots (and lots) of other books.

Those other books include the Indigo series by Louise Cooper.

This is longer series, coming in at eight books.  But unlike most fantasy books, they aren’t 1000 plus pages, closer to maybe 300 or 400, very doable.

Let’s start with a con, if you can call it a con.  The first book scared the bejesus out of me.  Seriously, I didn’t sleep that night.  Without giving too much away (I hope), I think the reason it was so scary was because the demon has a vulnerability…at least that’s what you think at first…but no, not really, not vulnerable, just scary.  So the first con is also a pro, it’s scary and it pulled me right in, I had to keep reading.

Indigo Series – Louise Cooper

In the first book Indigo releases seven demons.  The next seven books are about her vanquishing those demons.  What’s really great about these books is with each book the demons become more internal, they still have physical bodies, but conquering them requires Indigo to conquer a flaw within herself.

Yes, there are disappointments during the series.  I think the series starts as a fairly typical fantasy series, but as it progresses and morphs into a more internal battlefield it can (at times) let a reader down.  Especially if the reader want it to continue down the same action-packed, fantasy-filled road they’re used to.  However, I thought the change from outward to inward was gradual and natural.  So even though I wanted some of the normal fantasy plotlines, I could appreciate the books with slower plotlines because (in my opinion) it was the truest direction the story could have gone.

Another awesome thing about this series, the two main characters are female. Not only are the two main characters female, but a lot of the peripheral characters are female (whoop, whoop!)  They are strong, dynamic, flawed, and powerful characters.  And (did I already mention this?) they are female.  Bam.

As an aside: I love reading about strong female characters.  In fact, I’ll post a quick review about another series that really highlights women (!).  And with one daughter, whom I’m hoping is an avid reader, I’m looking for more books with strong girls and women.  Any recommendations?  Anyone?  Hello?  Bueller?…Bueller?

SweetPea + husband + me

I decided to use the  mention of my daughter as a good excuse to post a picture of her.  We’re already training her for hikes this summer.  Yep, yep!

Busy Busy

Busy

Busy

Bee

I don’t know if anybody has noticed my lack of posts recently, but don’t worry, I’m back.  We’ve had grandparents visiting for the past two weeks, so getting online to update this blog fell to the wayside.  I did, however, read lots (and I do mean lots) of books.  So be prepared for an onslaught of reviews.

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Making Readers and Keeping Them – a reblog

A nice little post about getting children interested in reading. I definitely recommend clicking on some of her links for more detail on that specific endeavor.

Annie Cardi

When I changed schools in fifth grade, the principal asked my parents what I liked to do. They said, “She reads a lot,” and the principal smiled and said, “I could tell.” I was the kid who checked out an armful of books from the library and had a rotating stack of them on my nightstand. It wasn’t all great literature (a glance at the Friday Fifteen would tell you that), but it meant I wasn’t fearful of reading in any way. As a result, I was always a little surprised to hear from friends who weren’t big readers as kids. And these aren’t just people who had trouble in school when they were young. They were bright and talented kids who didn’t find reading that appealing.

So I was interested in a couple of recent blog posts about fostering a child’s love for reading, even if the child in…

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Critical Thinking

Think Banned Thoughts wrote a really great post about the critical thinking or lack thereof required in school. There are also suggestions for ways to encourage kids to think deeper than the words to increase their abilities to analyze and critically observe their environment.

It’s a really great, articulate, and insightful piece. If you have kids, want kids, or work with kids you should most definitely read this article.

Three cheers for Think Banned Thoughts for making me (and hopefully you) more aware!

Imagination: The Pros and Cons

Overactive

Nightmarish

Disappointing (not in every way, but sometimes)

I’ve been having nightmares.  And I’m not even sure I can call them nightmares.  They happen at night, but I’m never asleep.  Dang me and my highly developed imagination!

I don’t normally curse my imagination.  After all, my imagination allows me to escape any mundane, irritating, or painful situation I’m in.  It let’s me explore new worlds and meet new people.  I feel very lucky to read a book and become completely immersed in the story being told.

But, there’s always a but, sometimes my imagination is more of a curse.  Like at night.  Especially when my fiance is out of town (thankfully he’s back now).  I recently read (and reviewed) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  I mentioned I found it scary.  And it was.  But, even worse, it’s still scaring me!  The monster in the book has carved it’s way into my psyche.

I see the monster whenever I get up at night.  And I have a 9 month old daughter who most assuredly does not sleep through the night.  That means I get up anywhere from one to four times a night to take of her.  And I am certain, every time, that the dang monster is in my home.  It’s on the stairs, or it’s in the room across the hall, or I hear a creak and I know it’s about to come in to the nursery and tear us apart.

I’ve started turning lights on when I get up to nurse my daughter.  It helps.  Then on the return trip I have to turn the lights off and make my way back to the bed.  I always look at my dog (he’s also a chicken) right before turning off the lights.  If he is sleeping (which he always is) then I know no monsters have sneaked in while I was with my daughter.  Then I quickly walk (I do not run, what if I trip? then I’m a sitting duck for the monster) to the bedroom and jump in to bed.

Once my body is completely under the covers I can breathe a little sigh of relief because, as everyone knows, monsters can’t get you when you’re under the covers.  Then I cuddle up a little closer to my fiance and feel my heartbeat slow, always certain I’ll never fall asleep before Daughter wakes up again.  Then I sink deeper in the mattress and let the comforting darkness of sleep keep me safe from all the monsters.