Monthly Archives: April 2012

Monday Children’s Book Reviews for April 30, 2012

Hop, Skip, and Jump, Maisy! by Lucy Cousins

“Maisy is full of energy, just like the toddlers and preschoolers who love her. With this interactive picture book, children are invited to channel that get-up-and go into stretching, jumping, running, playing ball, jumping rope, somersaulting, and lots more. Like Maisy, of course, they’ll want to take time for a nutritious snack – and hunker down for a good night’s sleep when all that activity is done.”                       [JPB COUSINS]

Fish Had a Wish by Michael Garland

“The butterfly has wings. Fish wants wings too.

“Fish wishes to be all sorts of animals because each one is special, then realizes there is something good about being a fish, too.”             [JE GARLAND,M.]

Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel

“Kitty’s owners are home with a big surprise for Kitty. But what is it? Kitty, reeling in horror, thinks it’s a . . . dog. The neighbor cats are convinced it’s a cat. But we all know that it’s really a BABY!

“With Nick Bruel’s trademark mix of antic humor (this time involving a Kitty game show and the Kitty Olympics—which the baby wins hands down), riotous illustrations, total mayhem, and Uncle Murray Fun Facts, this may be the funniest Kitty book yet, and the one that hits closest to home.”

The eighth Bad Kitty book.                  [J BRUEL]

Black & White : The Confrontation Between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene “Bull” Connor by Larry Dane Brimner

“Examines a significant confrontation between Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and Commissioner Bull Connor in Birmingham, Alabama, during the Civil Rights Movement that brought violence and change to this southern city.”                    [J323.1196 BRIMNER]


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The Price of Civilization

The price of civilization: reawakening American virtue and prosperity

 by: Jeffrey D. Sachs

Veteran macro-economist Sachs directs the Earth Institute at Columbia University and has served as a special adviser to the United Nations. In this book for general readers, he uses the concept of ‘clinical economics,’ which he coined and developed in his book The End of Poverty, to diagnose America’s current economic crisis. Sachs argues that we are not facing a short-term business cycle downturn, but the working out of long-term social, political, and economic trends perpetuated by both political parties (although the author notes that the process of undermining the government’s capacity to steer the economy began with the Reagan administration). Sachs gives ideas for deep reform of America’s political and economic institutions, such as ending the corporatocracy, banning campaign contributions from lobbying firms, and decentralizing government. He also recommends that we as citizens embrace moderation and develop compassion for others.

(publisher summary)

Subjects that covers related books are:

Social responsibility of business — United States

Work — Religious aspects

Work — psychological aspects

Environmental responsibility — United States

United States — Economic policy — 2009-

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for April 23, 2012

Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum

“In this version of the classic song ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm,’ the farmer’s granddaughter discovers the creatures living in a pond.

“Blurp. Croak. Quack! Come along with Jo MacDonald and learn about the wild creatures at the pond on the farm. You’ll find fish, frogs, ducks — and a few surprises.”                              [JPB QUATTLEBAUM]

Welcome to Silver Street Farm by Nicole Davies

“Even though Meera, Gemma, and Karl live in the city, they’ve always wanted a farm of their own. And it looks as though their dream may happen sooner than they imagined when Meera discovers an abandoned railway station with grounds for grazing. Next, some eggs they thought were foul hatch into ducklings, and a couple of “poodles” bought off the Internet turn out to be lambs. There’s just one problem: how can the kids – and the community – persuade the city council not to turn the old site into a parking garage? The first in a series of fun-filled stories about Silver Street Farm, here is a tale with natural appeal for kids who love animals, aim to be green, and enjoy a do-it-yourself spirit of adventure.”            [ J DAVIES]

The Tanglewood Terror by Kurtis Scaletta

“When 13-year-old Eric Parrish comes across glowing mushrooms in the woods behind his house, he’s sure there’s a scientific explanation. But when they start encroaching on the town — covering the football field and popping up from beneath the floorboards — Eric knows something’s seriously wrong. Not that much else is going right: his parents are fighting, his little brother Brian is a little pill, and he’s had a falling-out with his football team — over a pig.

“Then a runaway girl from a nearby boarding school warns Eric that the fungus could portend the town’s doom and leave it in rubble — just like the village that inexplicably disappeared in the exact same spot over 200 years ago. Eric, Brian, and Mandy set out to solve a very old mystery and save the town of Tanglewood.”         [J SCALETTA]

The Forever Forest: Kids Save a Tropical Treasure by Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini

“On a hike through the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, Peter discovers many intriguing plants and animals, and also that his mother was one of the second-graders who joined with other children from all over the world to make preservation of this Costa Rican rainforest possible.”     [J578.73409 PRATT-SERAFINI]

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Small Business Collection

How to increase your website traffic / Khoa Bui

Climb higher in the Search Engines
Attract More Website Visitors by 500%
Massively Increase Your Sales
Expose Yourself to Greater Opportunities Online
Overtake Competitor Websites
Make More Money Online
Sell More Products and Services
Learn How to Convert Your Traffic to Sales

Social Networking
Low Cost Traffic Generation Strategies
The Khoa Bui Cash Website Triangle Formula
Domain Name Tips
How to Optimize Your Website for Speed
How to Harness Publicity Online
Whe the Colors on Your Website May Not Be Effective

Getting Organized in the Google Era :

How to Get Stuff Out of Your Head, Find It When You Need It, and Get It Done Right

Trying to get organized in the more fast-paced world of the new technologies can often lead to stress and a subsequent decrease in productivity. Merrill (former chief information officer, Google) and technology blogger Martin here offer a practical guide on the subject. Part 1 focuses on the individual’s perspective and constraints, while Part 2 discusses the need for “a radically new 21st-century definition of organization” and a new tool set for the world today. Part 3 focuses on avoiding brain strain and integrating work and life, among other topics. Throughout, the authors address many issues, e.g., effectively using search engines, and present regular summaries of their key ideas. Also of great value is a “Stuff We Love” chapter that discusses and rates search engines, desktop search tools, email, and other communication tools (e.g., Twitter); online backup storage and file syncing; to-do list managers and productivity tools; web browsers and plug-ins; RSS readers; laptops; and more.                                                            Library Journal Reviews

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for April 16, 2012

Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio

“When another girl has already purchased the most perfect birthday gift for Chloe’s friend Emma, Chloe decides she’ll make a present — something you can’t buy in a store. But crafting isn’t easy, and it’s beginning to look like she won’t have a great idea in time. Fortunately, with a good doodle session and a whole lot of glitter to inspire her, Chloe figures out just the thing to save the day — and with a little help from her trusty glue gun, she just might save a friendship, too!”                    [JPB DiPUCCHIO]

Angel of the Battlefield by Ann Hood

“A first entry in a new series, The Treasure Chest, finds twins Felix and Maisie moving with their recently divorced mother into the attic of a historic family mansion where they discover an ancestor’s secret artifacts, the first of which transports them back to 1836 Massachusetts into the world of Clara Barton.”                 [J HOOD]

Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

“For Tetsu, baseball is so much more than just a game

“On December 6, 1941, Tetsu is a twelve-year-old California boy who loves baseball. On December 7, 1941, everything changes. The bombing of Pearl Harbor means Tetsu’s Japanese-American family will be relocated to an internment camp.

“Gila River camp isn’t technically a prison, but with nowhere to go, nothing to do, and no time frame for leaving, it might as well be. So when someone has the idea of building a baseball diamond and starting a team, Tetsu is overjoyed. But then his sister gets dangerously sick, forcing him to choose between his family and his love of the game.”                 [J FITZMAURICE]

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Haiku Poetry:

” As my delegate/

 The spring wind has its fingers/

In a young girl’s hair.” 

Richard Wright


Essential Haiku : Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa

American readers have been fascinated since their exposure to Japanese culture late in the nineteenth century, with the brief Japanese poem called the hokku or haiku. The seventeen-syllable form is rooted in a Japanese tradition of close observation of nature, of making poetry from subtle suggestion. Infused by its great practitioners with the spirit of Zen Buddhism, the haiku has served as an example of the power of direct observation to the first generation of American modernist poets like Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams and also as an example of spontaneity and Zen alertness to the new poets of the 1950s.
This definitive collection brings together in fresh translations by an American poet the essential poems of the three greatest haiku masters: Matsuo Basho in the seventeenth century; Yosa Buson in the eighteenth century; and Kobayashi Issa in the early nineteenth century. Robert Hass has written a lively and informed introduction, provided brief examples by each poet of their work in the haibun, or poetic prose form, and included informal notes to the poems.
Join our Write Your Story program  @ the Union City Library to experience the joy of writing.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for April 9, 2012

Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes

“A first entry in a new series by the Caldecott Medal-winning author of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse and Kitten’s First Full Moon introduces sweet and curious little mouse Penny, who longs to share a special song with her family without waking her baby siblings.”


How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying by Scott Starkey

“Rodney Rathbone is a self-admitted coward. Things scare him, and he can’t help it. So naturally he’s terrified when he moves to a new town and the bully is ready to pounce. But just as Rodney is about to flee, a baseball flies in from out of nowhere and knocks out the bully. Now everyone thinks Rodney’s invincible — when really he feels just the opposite. Can he figure out how to live up to his new reputation and make friends along the way?”


Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer

“In the little colonial town of Salem Village, Massachusetts, two girls began to twitch, mumble, and contort their bodies into strange shapes. The doctor tried every remedy, but nothing cured the young Puritans. He grimly announced the dire diagnosis: the girls were bewitched! And then the accusations began.

 “The riveting, true story of the victims, accused witches, crooked officials, and mass hysteria that turned a mysterious illness affecting two children into a witch hunt that took over a dozen people’s lives and ruined hundreds more unfolds in chilling detail in this book by award-winning author and illustrator Rosalyn Schanzer.

 “With a powerful narrative, chilling primary source accounts, a design evoking the period, and stylized black-white-and-red scratchboard illustrations of young girls having wild fits in the courtroom, witches flying overhead, and the Devil and his servants terrorizing the Puritans, this book will rivet young readers with novelistic power.”                                            [J133.43097 SCHANZER]

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