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Kid Book Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The book that started it all! It’s fascinating to consider how such a simple story has inspired the imagination of millions. The multiple interpretations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz through film and drama are a tribute to the genius of L. Frank Baum. Principle: To become our best, we must all go on our own journey of self-discovery. Read …

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Book Review: Out of My Life and Thought, Autobiography of Albert Schweitzer

Out of My Life and Thought, the autobiography of Albert Schweitzer is one of my all-time favorite books! Among the other absolutely amazing things Schweitzer did in his life, here he shares in his own words why and how he decided to dedicate his life to the service of humanity. Not only is this decision is incredibly inspiring, Schweitzer then …

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Kid Book Review: The Story of the Pilgrims

A sweet and engaging picture book, The Story of the Pilgrims by Katherine Ross gives young children a first look at America’s early beginnings. Though just a bit romanticized, Ross is honest about the Pilgrim’s desire for religious freedom (so often glossed over today) and gives tribute to those Native American Indians who befriended and aided the early settlers. We …

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Book Review: The Grand Design

The Grand Design, by brilliant modern scientist Stephen Hawking, begins with an overview of the history of science. As Hawking approaches the modern day, he begins to philosophize about the concept of natural law, what science has discovered so far and what this all means about the meaning of life, the existence of God and the reality of an afterlife. He …

Book Review: Mathematicians Are People Too

The Mathematicians Are People Too series is an awesome math resource for all ages! Through reading the true stories of real mathematicians from all time periods, you will not only learn how many important math concepts were discovered, you will come to understand how mathematicians think and gain a bit of history as well. As children begin to see that …

Kid Book Review: Little Britches, Father and I Were Ranchers

SERIOUSLY one of the best children’s classics EVER written!! Little Britches by Ralph Moody offers everything a great book should– values, clear understanding of right and wrong, family-centered, strong parental role models, important life lessons, entertainment, vivid pictures of life in the past, humor, tears and so much more! When Ralph Moody’s family takes the advice of a cousin to …

Kid Book Review: Teaching Children Spanish- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Reading to children in Spanish, or any other foreign language, is one of the best ways to teach them. It has also been recommended for anyone who wants to learn a foreign language that they begin with children’s books in that language–that way you’re learning the language in the same way that young children do! If You Give a Mouse …

Book Review: Multiple Intelligences

   Principle: Everyone is intelligent.    Read with: The 5 Love Languages; Please Understand Me II; The   Color Code Book; The Agony and the Ecstasy; Nurtured by Love    Themes: intelligence; genius; self-discovery; self-knowledge; music; relationships; math; language; nature  When Howard Gardner began developing his theory of Multiple Intelligences through studying geniuses in history, he slowly  unveiled a pattern in …

Book Review- The Importance of Being Earnest

A masterpiece of nonsense literature The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde is HILARIOUS! Two men, Jack and Algernon, assume the name Ernest in order to win the women they love but when their secret is found out, it puts their relationships in jeopardy. A social parody, mocking high society, shallowness, wealth and position, this play makes important moral …