Must Read Books for Your Little Ones and not so Young Ones

I loved, love and will always love books. They have been my teachers, my advisers, my constant companions. They have been a big part of my growing up years and my life as a whole. That is why I constantly write about them. I want people to take the habit of reading a good book.

Speaking of good books, here are some really good ones for the very young and the not young that  have made it the New York Times Bestseller list. If these books were watches they’d surely make it to the top 10 watches list in this site. Reading them will make kids smarter. I highly recommend that parents get their children a copy of these books.

The Day the Crayons Quit

This funny, fully illustrated book, The Day the Crayons Quit, is about young Duncan and his crayons. Duncan loves to color but each time he attempts to color and open his box of crayons all he sees are letters from his crayons with just one message: They’ve had enough and they want to quit. Each of the book’s spread shows a reproduction of a color’s letter to Duncan written in crayon like that of beige expressing its frustration for always being second only to brown, of blue requesting for a break from being always used to color bodies of water, black wishing to be used for some other things other than drawing outlines and more.

Hilarious and very entertaining this book written by Drew Daywalt is a multi-awarded one. It was 2014 Children’s Choice Book of the Year for Kindergarten to Second Grade, was named Amazon Best Children’s Book a 2013, was a Goodreads Choice winner on the same year and was #1 NY Times Bestseller.

Wonder

Wonder touched my heart. It is about August Pullman, a ten-year-old who does what every boy his age does. He feels he is like the rest but he is different. He is not ordinary in the sense that he does not look ordinary due to a horrible facial abnormality he had since birth. He is stared at and even got kids running away and screaming upon seeing him. To spare him from ridicule from the cruel world around him he was home-schooled by his parents. But then the time came when he’s being sent to a regular school–a thing that he dreaded. 

The story is told from the point of view of Auggie, as he is fondly called, and of people he touched as he struggled to be accepted. This funny yet extremely moving story has caught the eye of many award giving bodies. It got the West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award for Younger Readers in 2013 and was a Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature Medalist on the same year. It was a Carnegie Medal in Literature Nominee on the same year too and got the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for Preis der Jugendjury in 2014, and was #1 in the NY Times List. 

Books are a big help to children. But not all books are good.  Parents should then be very discriminating when buying books for their little ones. Go for those that uplift the spirit, teach values, amuse and not deride, just like the two books I just told you about. I was once asked, “Are Invicta watches good?” I nodded twice having read http://timeconnoisseur.com/invicta-watch-reviews/ . I would do the same if you ask me if these books are good. They really are. Believe me. I am a book and watch connoisseur.

Top Reads For Sport Lovers

Some say that love for sports and books don’t mix. To that, I disagree. I couldn’t count how many times I turned down reading a book just because it is somehow related to sports, which I admit was not part of my interests then. Months or years later, I find out that the book has been turned into a movie. And when I do decide to watch it, boy do I regret not reading it in the first place.

One example would be Michael Lewis’ The Blind Side. Although related to football, the story does not revolve around it too much. It is focused on the struggles of a young homeless teen named Michael Oher and on the family of four that decided to help him. The book is a good pick for those who love a little bit of drama and some insightful analysis on the earlier mentioned sport. It noted the significance of a good left tackle so as to protect the blind side of the quarterback. After reading, watching it would be nicer.  

Another good example is Joan Ryan’s Little Girls in Pretty Boxes. This one has not yet been adapted in a movie but it is still a good read especially those who have wondered ever since about the lives of children in doing figure skating and gymnastics. Ryan showed the inner workings and process of how one becomes a champion in these fields of sports. In featuring countless interviews with former and figure skaters, gymnasts and sports psychologists, she gave the public a picture of how the strenuous practice involved in these activities rob people of the children of their childhood.

If case you have entertained the idea of trying out surfing, one book that you should consider reading is Chas Smith’s Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell. The title in itself is catchy and would make you flip the book to see its synopsis. Smith was a war journalist who turned into a sportswriter and in this work of his, he captured perfectly the life of a pro surfer, the good and the bad. After reading this one, you would definitely think twice about spending the rest of your life near the beach and close to waves of water. You would rather think about water that has gone through a rigid process discussed in a good bawell platinum water ionizer machine review in this site or at http://www.waterionizerreviews.net for alkaline water ionizer reviews.

For other good reads related to sports, consider these: Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru’s League of Denial, Bill Buford’s Among the Thugs, Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding and Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit.

I am one of those people who prefer experiencing a good story on paper first before seeing it on the big screen. If you are like me, chances are, you’ve experienced the same regret once upon a time. So before putting back a book on the shelf, ponder on it. Read the synopsis very carefully before deciding. The fact that it is in a way related to a subject you are not at all into does not mean that it is not a good read.

Book Review: The Art of Raising a Puppy

It is not that easy to find original puppy raising book nowadays, however, “The Art of Raising a Puppy” more than fulfills this goal. When we decided to adopt a puppy from our local shelter, I knew I needed some refreshing on what in the world I was supposed to do with a puppy so that we didn’t end up teaching him bad habits!

Since he’s a German shepherd, we knew from previous experience that they LOVE to chew things and have a lot of energy as a pup. The authors really know how to handle this breed and this fact is obvious after first few pages into the book. The first really important thing that the book reminded me of was the importance of socialization with other dogs, and even with other humans. We didn’t have any other pets in the home, so that part was easy, but we live in a neighborhood with a lot of dogs, so it was easy to slowly introduce him around. It worked out great! He is the sweetest dog, and does a wonderful job with everything we’re doing!

One part I found incredibly interesting about the book was the part where you learn about how to really be able to communicate with your dog, and that they are pack animals who just want to be part of the group. You can’t just see them as a dog that is being annoying every time they want or need something; you have to think that when you’re doing something, they just want to be a part of it! It gave me a whole new outlook on things like eating and meals with a dog. I feel so much more comfortable teaching them to be a part of the pack now, instead of just expecting him to “go be a dog” because that’s all he knows how to do!
The part about the stages of development of a puppy has been incredibly interesting and helpful as well. As Ringo grows, I can keep up on where he should be, and know that I can always reference the book if I want to know if something is normal in his development and growth, which to me is invaluable in itself! From general care chapter I learned how to properly feed my pup, dog nutrition is covered in great depth here.

Not only has this book been insanely helpful in our own home, I’ve also learned some great techniques to use with a dog that belongs to a friend of mine that is CONSTANTLY jumping and knocking my kids down every time we come over there. All I had to do was grab her paws and lift them higher up so she stumbled backwards!! I did it every day for 2 weeks, and now she’s learning to stay down! Who says you can’t teach old dogs new tricks?! Not me!! Definitely love this book, and will keep using it for my sweet puppy!

Hunger Games Review

Everyone has at least heard of, if not seen the Hunger Games movies starring Jennifer Lawrence as the protagonist Katniss Everdeen. With the upcoming final installment due out November 2015 the series will finally come to a close. However, much like the Harry Potter series the books that the Hunger Games was originally based on continue to sell and inspire its readers. But despite all the hype, is the Hunger Games book really any good?

Synapsis

The hunger games trilogy focuses on Katniss Everdeen and her fight against the corrupt Capital government. In the series North America lies in ruins and is renamed Panem. The country is broken down in to 12 districts with varying levels of poverty and The Capital serving as the hub of the country with the majority of its residents living in luxury.  The hunger games themselves are a contest with “tributes” selected from each district to compete in a death match for the entertainment of the wealthy in The Capital. During the games Katniss rebels against The Capitals rulings during the game forcing them to relent and naming her and her partner Peeta also from district 12 the winners. During their celebration rebellion starts to spread throughout the districts as a result of Katniss’s actions during the games. President Snow takes drastic action and announces the next hunger games will be all past winners of the games. This ends up backfiring spectacularly when all the contestants team up to destroy the arena and escape. Katniss ends up teaming up with the rebels from the former district 13 and vows to kill President Snow should the rebels win. In the end the rebels win and as Katniss goes to execute President Snow informs her that the leader of the rebels actually set up the attack that killed several children and left her in the hospital. Katniss then kills the rebel leader and President Snow dies from blood loss due to laughing to death.

Review

Overall the books themselves aren’t much different from many other young adult stories. It has all the hallmarks of standard young adult novels; a defiant and strong young women, a love triangle, an establishment that only has its own interests in mind to fight against, coming out ahead despite diversity and hardship. For this reason Hunger Games doesn’t break much ground on an already overly saturated genre. While dystopian literature is generally the realm of high end science fiction authors Suzanne Collins does do a good job of establishing the setting without getting too hung up on the details. Another major high point was the use of recurve bows as the established weapon of the protagonist. In the first book she obtains and uses one from another tribute after they are killed. She eventually ends up getting an enhanced bow that responses to her voice and can fire a number of different arrows; explosive, regular or incendiary. This is significant as traditionally you do not see bows let alone recurve bows used by women as a major weapon in literature. While any number of symbolic metaphors could be attributed to this I give brownie points to Suzanne Collins for doing this and depicting its use fairly accurately within the context of her story. Overall the Hunger Games Trilogy isn’t nearly all it’s cracked up to be but does offer an enjoyable story that despite it being standard fair does make for a fun time.

The Best Auto Repair Books

Auto Repair  is a huge subject and there is no one source that can answer all your questions.  Check out Auto Repair Know How though.  It’s a good start. Having said that, if you are going to DIY, you may want to get some books that will help you repair your car.

The best auto repair books have lots of pictures, and show even the smallest parts.  As you are doing repairs, you’ll find that there are lots of parts that you don’t know the exact name of, or which could be one of many things.  That’s why pictures are so important.  The best books will also show schematics of how parts go together.  That way you’ll be able to orient things the right away, and won’t spend time just figuring out how things go together.

This article will show the best books you can buy, as well as the best online resources for your site.  Even professionals have some of these books in their shops.

Chilton repair books:

Chilton books have been used since the 1930’s and as such they are highly respected by laymen and professional mechanics alike.  The best part about these manuals is that they are constantly updating their books to meet the needs of today’s mechanics.  They also contain up to date drawings of cars and parts, so you can see if you are working with the right car part, before you do anything wrong.  They also cover a wide range of vehicles. Everything from foreign, domestic, campers, motorcycles and trucks are all covered by Chilton manuals.  They have both printed and online versions too!

Haynes:

Haynes Manuals are very well known to DIY auto mechanics.  These books are issued in many languages and a level of detail not found in other books.  They provide very detailed pictures, tutorials, and guides, so that laymen can understand them easily without expert level knowledge of cars.  These books may be your best bet if you are not a professional.

The Dummies Series:

Auto Repair for Dummies, is another book that may work well for the non-professional.  The entire Dummies series, uses big print, copious pictures, and are written with as little jargon as possible. Where there is jargon it is usually explained for the novice.  The downside to this book, is that it does not have content that is specific to as many types of vehicles as the Chilton and Haynes.

Free:

Sometimes all you need is the manufacturers auto manual, to check something, and you don’t want to buy a book.  If that is the case, you can usually download the manual for free.  Just type in the car type and make, and then add “manual” to your search query.  There are also some sites that store all the links to these manuals for free.  Edmunds is one example.

Conclusion:

If you want some quick information about the cost of an auto repair, or you want to read an in depth article about a specific repair, check out this example at Auto Repair Know How.  But if you are looking for a comprehensive view on the subject, you may be better off buying a book or reading a manual.

Best Books to Read to Deepen Your Understanding about Archery

Reading archery books is a perfect way for you to learn more about the sport.

Archery is a very complicated sport. It might seem really vintage, given the fact that it was first used thousands of years ago, but until now, only a few people can do it right. It might also seem easy to do at first, but once you are already there, you will have a hard time. The use of the bow and arrow plus the proper positioning really matters. If you are interested in refining your skills in archery, then you can start by reading some books.

Choices for beginner’s

If you have no idea about archery at all, then you have to start with the basics. You can check out the Archery Anatomy: An Introduction to Techniques for Improved Performance by Ray Axford. It is perfect for those who really know nothing about archery. Everything is described in detail. It serves as a step by step guide for those who wish to learn the essentials. It also provides clear explanation of all the steps needed to improve your performance, especially towards the end. Thus, if you are planning to give archery a try, this book will help you out.

If you think the said book is not yet enough in giving you a glimpse of archery, then you might want to read Archery Fundamentals by Douglas Engh. It is also very detailed. It provides more basic ideas about archery and some tips on how to speed up your ability to hit the target. It is also from a point of view of someone who has struggled at first. Thus, he was able to convey his message clearly through the book.

Exciting archery books

If you are not really interested in practicing archery, but you want to read stories related to the sport, then you might want to go for Kyudo: The Essence and Practice of Japanese Archery by Hideharu Onuma. Japanese archery is a bit different. It is something that you might not have even seen before. Thus, reading about its history, relevance and other details about it might be exciting for you.

If you want a novel, then you can go for the best seller, Catching Fire from The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. As you might have already seen in the movies, the main character uses a bow and arrow to hit targets and it is deemed as an essential weapon. Therefore, if you want to read about the details of how the arrow was used, then you have to read the book. If you did, but you missed that part, then you have to read again. Other than the fact that the book is very enticing and the plot is just perfect, the details about archery are also worth reading.

Eventually, if you have decided to give archery a try, you might want to buy the Best Compound Bow by first reading the Useful Guide to Compound Models. If you have chosen the best weapon, then you can now start practicing. Hopefully, these books have sparked your interest in archery.

Reading 40- and 50-year Old Books

The late 1960's and early 1970's were some of the best years for books. There was an explosion in types of books and genres. Vladimir Nabokov, Yushio Mishima, Philip Roth  were some of the biggest names of the era. There were also some other books which helped define the era.  Dr. Spock's book on infant care and child rearing was one and the other was The Joy of Sex.

The times brought out a lot of sexual discussions, as well as women's liberation, discussions and protests about racism and the Vietnam War. It is no wonder that the time period also brought about a cultural and technological change which almost 50 years later, the world is still reeling from.

The inclusion of sex in books became the norm. One seminal book representative of this was The Harrad Experiment by Robert Rimmer. Later on, it became the hallmark of popular authors including Sydney Sheldon and Danielle Steel. The sex scene in a mainstream book was embedded in such a way that it was necessary to the character development. It was also written like a necessary scene that needed to be over and done with.

Any book on child rearing was also fixated on the best breast pump available. Moms, check this site for further information. It was as though breastfeeding is better done at home, and away from crowds. It was ironic in an era when one of feminism's logos was “ban the bra.”

Today's books would not have been published without the shadow of the 1970s hanging over them. Books like The Boss, which is a much better and racier book compared to Fifty Shades of Grey. Even the Harry Potter books have the lingering shadow of A Wrinkle in Time hovering over it. That is not to say that these books were influenced by any of the earlier books, or stories. It is just that the times have changed due in part to the books of the times. The books then reflected their times, much as the books of today are a reflection of today's society.

The sarcastic humor of the times do not carry well to today. The humor of Mel Brooks in his comedies would sound dated, flawed, or even racist. If Brooks had made his Blazing Saddles today, half of the script would not pass self-censorship.

There are few stories from that era which are not dated. Paper Chase and Love Story, are very iconic, and might still be relevant today. The Joy of Sex was revamped and updated, in order to fit today's more open norms. It does sound quaint now, and almost clinical. Some books on sex were lyrical during that time. Editions of the Kama Sutra written 50 years ago retained the poetry of the original. Today's illustrated versions of the Kama Sutra waver between clinical descriptions with realistic pictures depicting the sexual positions. Today's books do not know whether to educate or titillate.

Books in that sense are a lot like wine. They also age. They are a product of their time. The 1970s were a good vintage, and comparing them to today's books would be a bit unfair to contemporary authors. In their defense, a lot of authors can still make a compelling narrative. Even a discussion of the breast augmentation cost from  http://www.breastprocedures.org will make a good read in the hands of a skilled wordsmith.

Learning about Veneers and More with Dental Terminology by Charline M.Dofka

I have to admit I am not that interested in beauty pageants and dentistry is something I’m not very familiar with. That’s why when I stumbled upon the comments section of one online article about a local beauty pageant, I was intrigued by the word “veneers” being the subject of a joke. The term sounded new to me although I may have actually heard about it somewhere.  Many commenters were making fun of one contestant’s “veneers.”

I was so curious that I immediately searched for the word’s definition. In my haste, I clicked on an ad that led me to one of the book selling pages on Amazon. That’s when I saw a book that looked familiar. It was “Dental Terminology” by Charline M. Dofka. We actually happen to have a copy of it in the house and I’m not sure who owns it.

After learning about veneers on my computer, I proceeded to finding the book. I thought I could spend a worthwhile time reading it and doing a brief review. Well, it felt disappointing how I didn’t know what veneers are at my age.

The Book

Simply called “Dental Terminology,” the book available for me to review was the 1st edition. It’s a relatively thin paperback with 312 pages. By looking at the cover and design, I couldn’t easily figure out if the book is aimed at casual readers or is intended for those who are preparing for dentistry studies. For the most part though, the book does not have the impression of being one aimed at more serious dentistry learners. It has the size characteristic of basic books that serve as guides for dummies.

The Review

Overall, the book lives up to the title. The cover alone does not promise anything extraordinary so you will likely not get disappointed once you read it. If you don’t spend generous time to examine and appreciate all of the content of the book, you’d likely think that it’s just a basic book on the terms used in dentistry. For those with very minimal knowledge about dentistry, the book can serve as a great guide. It likely covers everything useful for someone who lacks basic knowledge on dentistry terms and phrases.

I was told that the book actually came with a diskette—yes a diskette—that contained review questions and exercises to help readers remember or be more deeply acquainted with the information provided by the book. I wanted to find the diskette but I realized I no longer have any floppy disk reader on my computer.

Aside from the terms used on dental procedures, the book also offers information and insights on dental management, materials and techniques, as well as the basic functions that would be required from students who are planning to pursue a career in dentistry. At some point while reading the book, I remembered one clinic that offers veneers in Atlanta, like the one on this link, because of one line that somehow resembled their marketing pitch.

It’s safe to say that Dental Terminology does serve its purpose well enough. While it may not be the best dentistry reference material around, I assume it’s a good read for anyone new to dentistry terms. Someone who is new to getting porcelain veneers in Atlanta dental clinics like Peach Veneers, for example, may find this book really useful.

Transform Your Kitchen with the Aid of “The Art of Kitchen Design”

Designing your kitchen might be a laborious task. There are a lot of things that you have to consider. This includes space, essential kitchen decors, furniture, appliances and many others. You also need a theme to bring life to the kitchen. However, the most important thing to consider is that the place is fully functional. You wanted a beautiful and organized kitchen, but you also wanted it to be just as useful as any other kitchen.

If you wish to get limitless ideas on how to transform your kitchen, you might want to check out “The Aid of Kitchen Design” written by Johnny Grey. It is a book of over 200 pages of kitchen design goodness. As soon as you are done reading the book, you might want to start with the kitchen transformation right away. You can copy exactly the same ideas written on the book or you can combine different ideas and come up with something unique. You might also just want to get inspiration so you can have your own design.

A place for everything

The best thing about this book is that it allows you to maximize all the kitchen utensils, appliances and devices as a part of your kitchen design. You don’t have to hide or throw everything just to keep the kitchen clean. Whether you have inlays, hanging racks, dressers, cupboards or drawers, all of them can be a part of the kitchen design. It seems like there is a huge problem and the problem can be solved without necessarily sacrificing anything. The book provides an idea on how to properly organize all the stuff and ensure that they won’t be an eye sore in the end.

Clear explanation

The first part of the books differentiates a good from a bad kitchen. It allows you to analyze your own kitchen depending on the standards presented in the book. There are also tons of photos for you to visualize what a bad kitchen design is. Eventually, the book talks about how things can be arranged accordingly. You will be guided in every step of the way. There are tips on how to avoid clutter, cleaning kitchen waste, cooking, entertaining people in the kitchen, and kitchen repair. Once you are done reading, you won’t see the kitchen the same way again. You will appreciate it more than ever.

A great buy

If you are still lost your new kitchen design, then this book is perfect for you. You might not even know where to start again after reading as you are overwhelmed with all the great tips. He awesome photos will also inspire you to start right now. As the author has tons of experiences in kitchen designs, you will also get lots of tips that you can never get somewhere else. For instance, if you want the best kitchen faucet, you can get the best help from the book. If it does not suffice, then check out more kitchen faucet reviews at http://www.kitchenfaucetkid.com/. You might also need more ideas on kitchen sink reviews, so you can go here.

A Gunsmithing Book That Helps You Find The Best Gunsmithing Books

I’ve been fascinated with guns and their internal working ever since I saw my dad work on his old Springfield in our garage. He was a hobby gunsmith that taught himself, mainly because gunsmithing training wasn’t so readily accessible like it is today. The way he would painstakingly disassemble, inspect and reassemble that antique rifle had a poetic touch that would stir something up in me, even as a child. It was a thing of wonder to see the parts fit into place like a jigsaw puzzle and the gun to work like a well-oiled machine. The best part was that my dad recognized in me a natural talent for understanding the mechanism in various guns, something that neither of my older brothers had, and he was proud of it. It was through his support that I purchased so many different manuals on gunsmithing and got to know a great deal about firearms. The biggest problem, though, was being unable to find books which addressed specific projects e.g. modifications, repairs etc. A couple of times, I discovered that I had spent my pocket money on a book that did not contain what I needed to know – and it was extremely disappointing.

Fortunately, you won’t have to go through the kind of trouble I went through to find good books on gunsmithing, because Midway USA have taken the trouble to compile a comprehensive compilation of gunsmithing book reviews that you can refer to in order to find the one you need! It is edited by Larry Potterfield and Reid Coffield, and covers more than a hundred books on the subject of gunsmithing, that have appeared in the market ever since the famed ‘The Gunsmith’s Manual’, which came in 1883. Altogether, they address almost 250 different topics related to gunsmithing. If there is something you need to learn about gunsmithing, you will often be advised to attend a gunsmithing school, but for those who can’t afford that, this compilation offers an excellent mechanism for finding the best book on any topic related to gunsmithing.

It contains a comprehensive review of 100+ works on gunsmithing, with each topic mentioned in each book rated on a scale of fair, good or excellent. Moreover, every book has been assigned an overall rating from one to five stars. This book is truly one of a kind – you can take a look at how good a specific book is, or turn to its Master Index which lists all topics related to gunsmithing and the corresponding books that cover them.

What particularly impressed me about this book was the depth of its ‘Master Index’ feature – it covered topics from Gunsmithing Basics to Metalworking, Stockmaking, Bolt and Non-Bolt Action Rifle, Shotgun, Military Rifle and Handgun Metalwork. My only regret was not having discovered this gem of a book earlier – it would have saved me several hundred dollars’ worth of cash which I could have spent on creating better gunsmithing projects. I gifted this book to my dad last Christmas, and he was obviously delighted at my discovery. I would recommend this book to any beginner gunsmith who is looking to build their first gunsmithing library.

Books That Will Help Your Child Understand Serious Health Issues

In an ideal world, we’d keep our kids sheltered from tragedy until they’re well into their teens. The idea of our children going through any sort of hurt or pain is often too much to bear. Unfortunately, serious illnesses such as cancer are part and parcel of life and as parents, we have no choice about those affected or when.

That’s why it’s so important that we’re prepared to handle these issues when they crop up unexpectedly. And one way of doing this without getting too serious and technical is by reading children’s books specifically written for these situations. They illustrate tragedies in a way that children can understand them, helping them understand difficult issues. The following books have been written with kids in mind deal with a wide variety of health issues, from chronic conditions to terminal diseases.

The Girl with No Hair

Most people tend to relate hair loss with male pattern baldness. In other words, with men only. But hair loss can affect everyone, no matter how old or what gender. But considering how uncommon it is for girls to suffer from conditions such as alopecia areata, it can make losing hair a much more painful experience (even though there are some treatment options available). And kids usually just don’t get it. Dad having no hair is something that’s funny, but mom losing hers doesn’t make sense.

Elizabeth Murphy-Melas has written a superb book titled ‘The Girl with No Hair’. Expertly illustrated by Alex Hernandez, the book goes through Kelly’s journey of suffering from alopecia from a very early age. Combined with big names such as Gail Porter suffering from the condition, books like these will help your child understand that losing one’s hair doesn’t make someone strange or stare-worthy!

Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings

This book will resonate with a lot of people, as it deals with cancer which, unfortunately, affects most families. It’s a truly beautiful book that takes a child through the most common questions they’ll have when they first hear that their mom has cancer.

The book is comforting, hopeful, but also gives the reality of the message. It’s well-written by someone who has worked closely with children in the health profession – in other words, Ellen McVicker really knows what she’s talking about. What you’ll need to note is that this book is written specifically with mothers in mind. So while it’s still relevant, it may not be the best pick if your child’s grandparent, father, or other close relation other than the mom has cancer. Otherwise, it’s a top pick for me!

When Mommy has a Mastectomy

This is another book that deals with cancer, though in this case it specifically covers breast cancer amongst women. When Mommy has a Mastectomy goes through what it means to have cancer in an easy-to-understand manner, while also explaining what a mastectomy is. It does this by telling the story of one particular girl whose mom is sick, which makes it so much easier for the child to understand the trajectory of this awful disease.

The book not only has engaging text that’s purposefully written for a child, but it also has accompanying illustrations that further explain the situation. The illustrations allow the parent to explain it to younger children in an easier way. If you or a loved one have gone through breast cancer before, this book is a definite tear-jerker.

The Ants Book Review

The Ants looks at the ecology, evolution, and the behavior of ants in their natural habitats. About a third of this book is taken up by reference material and can be quite difficult to get through. But the other two thirds should keep anyone who has an interest in biology or ants highly engaged.

Chapter one of this book examines the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of ants. However, the evolution of ants can also be found throughout the entire work. Similarly, the anatomy of ants is not covered separately but covered where relevant, and ants are connected throughout to general biological and sociological theory.

Although it is not a major focus, certain aspects of human influence and the surprising economic importance of ants is discussed. There are a few opening pages on the importance of ants (unless they’re in your home), which are followed by the least digestible of chunks of work. There are nearly 80 pages of taxonomic keys and sixty pages of line drawings. Throughout the entire book, you can find highly detailed information in the form of tables indicating the distribution of various traits and features among different ant species.

Basically, the entire book falls into two main parts, with the first half covering the important features of the ant life cycle and ecology and the second part covering different ant specializations.

A typical ant colony has a life cycle that consists of nuptial flight and mating, then colony foundation, growth, and movement. However there are many ant species that do not fit into this typical pattern. A critical factor in the social behavior of ants is the level to which ants can recognize kin, ants of the same colony, as well as different brood stages. The patterns of diversity in recognition systems of ants still remain unknown today.

The ergonomic analysis of ant colonies shows a range of roles allocated to different castes. The ant colony workers are subdivided into minors, medias, and majors. There are temporal castes with changing roles over individual ant’s lifespans.

While ants do have the capability of learning to some extent, it is important to consider the colony as a super-organism, with homeostatic responses and flexibility in behavior. A notable example is the thermoregulation of nests and humidity control.

About two hundred pages of The Ants book cover some of the specializations of ants. Three chapters cover ant’s symbiotic relationships and five chapters cover tropic specialization. While ants have predators and parasites, it is important you view the ant colony as an ecosystem for symbioses. On relationships with plants, they are equally varied. Ants offer protection to plants and plants provide shelter to ants in return.

The Ants book has plenty of amazing, highly detailed images throughout the book. Similarly, effective use is made of line diagrams, graphs, and maps to break up the dense biological data. If you find ants interesting or want to learn more about them, you can’t find a better reference material then The Ants.

For better or worse, till death do us part : A Review of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars

Cancer is one illness that was always a taboo subject to talk about. Albeit being widespread, many people refused to utter the C word and often beat around the bush once the topic is being brought up. Although it is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, its origins still remain to be a mystery, albeit the many theories. But given the magnitude of this disease, cancer has caused panic in most people, rendering them unable to even discuss it at length.

However the recent years have seen a change in the mindset of people all over the world. Science has reached breakthroughs that allow new medications and solutions for people stricken with cancer. With the many changes come a growing number of cancer survivors, which have caused cancer to be a more approachable topic. But since cancer is still a devastating illness for both the patient and their loved ones, it is often used as the medium to add drama to both novel and film. Many a book, television show and movie have used cancer as the pivotal focus as the ailment add more heart and depth to any show or book you would come across. And this is depicted in the New York Times best-seller The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

The phenomenal success of Green’s top-selling novel comes about due to the way he wrote the book. Although the book was written for young adults, the book was filled with wisdom and depth that drew youth readers. Coupled with the realistic and raw glimpse into the illness of cancer, this book shows the reality of the illness and how it can affect anyone from any age.

As seen in the book, the ones that are hit the hardest would be the children. As the illness would rob them of a normal life, children stricken with cancer often do not have a childhood to speak of, let alone a semblance of normalcy. Narrated by Hazel Grace Lancaster, the book shows her life as she battles thyroid cancer. Since the age of 13, she has stopped leading a normal life and has been relegated to use drugs to keep her alive. Carrying a tank of oxygen everywhere she goes, she is not able to attend school like other people her age. Moreover she is not able to do normal mundane things. In fact, she would have loved to help around at home and even find out how to kill a termite as seen here. But because of her situation, she cannot do anything else except focus on her illness. Due to her dire situation, she is lonely and becomes depressed. Her lonesomeness leads her to join a support group, where she meets Augustus Waters. Clicking and becoming instant friends, Hazel has the time of her life because of Augustus. Due to their illness, both teens portray zest for life that is not seen in many people.

Due to the elegant way Green wrote the book, one would feel the joy and love the teens felt for life and one another as their relationship progressed. Filled with tenderness, Green has opened up a whole world of emotions by depicting the angst of two teenagers who find themselves in love with one another while facing their impending death. Unlike other books that deal with teenage feelings, Green does not trivialize the emotions of teenagers. In fact he delves in the rawness and pureness of it, allowing readers to truly feel his characters.

Without a doubt, one of the best novels in the young adult genre, The Fault in the Stars is definitely one to be hyped about.