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Practical Stories About How Everyday Things are Made: Reading with Kids Who Don’t Like to Read

Household and Cottage Industry What is it? After being stuck home so much during the last few weeks of the COVID-19 quarantines, you might think that there isn’t a thing left to do in your house with your kids Let me see if I can surprise you. Ever heard of the term cottage industry? These …

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See if you can handle Jim Ottaviani’s Graphic Biographies of Scientists.

My level is Primates. Jim Ottaviani had been writing science comics/graphic novels since the mid 90’s, starting by self publishing his own work.  His work is in graphic form, but I can tell you, they are not necessarily easy reads because he addresses very complex material.  I made it about halfway through his book Hawking…even …

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John M. Barry’s “The Great Influenza”: Reading about a Pandemic during a Pandemic

Note: I am not a medical or science professional in any way. The article below is my personal response to the experience of reading a very topical book and comparing it to my lived experience. Please monitor reliable sources, including the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control (U.S.) for timely information about …

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Swamp scene similar to the limberlost in Indiana, USA

Why “A Girl of the Limberlost” is Better Than “Where the Crawdads Sing”

Where the Crawdads Sing and A Girl of the Limberlost Delia Owen’s Where the Crawdads Sing is a runaway hit.  People love the detail that Owens, as a naturalist, brings into her novel.  Yes, parts of it are beautiful, but the characterization is amateurish, and as a mystery, it is uninspired. And then there’s also …

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