Showing posts with label Nonfiction. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nonfiction. Show all posts

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Egmont Key A History by Ronald H. Thompson and Carol Thompson



Genre:  Non-fiction
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Egmont key is a place I have wanted to visit since I was in college. My history class was going to take a field trip to Egmont one Sunday. Unfortunately due to church and my job I was unable to go. I had to write a paper about it. This was difficult because there isn’t a whole lot written about this island.  Egmont can only be reached by boat. Originally it was the home of Fort Dade and a lighthouse.
The book is full of history.  However, like other resources I have found on Egmont Key. I felt it was somewhat lacking. I guess if I truly want to learn about it then at some point I am going to have to take time to visit the island.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Stop the Slip: Reducing Slips, Trips and Falls by Thom Disch



Genre: Non-fiction
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.


When I was asked to read and review this book I said yes not because this is a topic I just can’t get enough of. I said yes because my mother who lives with us has had several falls.  Two years ago  she fell  just three days after I got home from a rehab facility where I had been recuperating from double knee replacement.  The root that tripped her was smaller than one-eighth inch in diameter.

According to the author falls are often seen as humorous, until it happens to you. Studies show that there are more falls among the young due to the fact that the older people try to be more careful because of the high risk of injury.

The author also gave excellent advice for reducing the risk of falls and injuries.  Footwear has been one of the major causes of slips. People prefer to look fashionable instead of worrying about safety by wearing shoes that may be less fashionable and yet safer.

The author not only gives us authentic situations in which we can see ourselves and others. He gives tips for preventing some of these slips and falls. Some of them seem common sense. Some of them are things we never think about.  How many people think about the possibility causing them to slip or fall? Very few. We see our pets as our companions. A co-worker of mine fell two days ago, tripped up by her dog. She ended up in the ER.  Some things can be prevented if we pay closer attention when we walk. Several years ago while walking to our school’s office I stepped on the metal surrounding our outdoor mat and flipped my ankle breaking it.  I was in a rush and not paying attention to where I was walking. I actually had a book in my hand. This is distracted walking. It cost me eight week in a wheelchair.


The author has provided several resources to  help you. One of those is a home Audit checklist. This is a valuable book. The information provided could save a life or prevent a fall.  I am recommending this book to everyone because slip and fall is not an older person’s problem. It is an every person problem.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Fat Free For Life: 13 Principles for Guaranteed Weight Loss and Ultimate Health by Braxton Cosby DPT


Genre:  Nonfiction, Self-help
Source: I purchased a copy

If you are looking for a book that will help you set and keep your weight loss goals, then look no further. This book focuses on the whole you. In his book Braxton starts off talking about a time he had to face a persistent painn. It hampered his ability to do things. He finally realized he was dealing with fear. The fear of the pain was so real in his mind that it prevented him from moving forward.. He learned to move past the fear and the pain.  When I read that I really needed to hear it. I had stopped working out. I am facing double knee surgery  in about three months.  The procedures they had tried on my knees had stopped working. A few hours on my feet meant almost unbearable pain, so the idea of working out, doing my therapy, using my recumbent bike was out the window. When I realized that it was the fear of the pain that was keeping me from doing what I knew I needed to do, I took action.  After working out on my bike I realized that the knees actually felt better.

Through this book the idea that I had to have a solid plan and  be willing to execute that plan ws reinforced. I loved that Braxton reinforced my Christian beliefs that I must get my strength from god because this is definitely the hardest battle I've had to face. One of my favorite parts of this book is the "Cosby Corner" found throughout. He had one named "Why You Shouldn't Trust Yourself". He made a point that saying "I'll have just one" wo't work. I laughed because I knew how true this was. When i decided to make changes in the way I ate, I made a conscious decision to never eat another cream horn. This was before I decided to throw out ALL sugar.  I told my husband of my decision and he said he would help me by justing letting me have one. I reminded hi the last tie he said and did that I ate all six of them in one hour. There are some foods that I had to make totally off limits because I can't trust myself to eat just one.

Another important chapter to me ws Chatper 9 "Buddy Up"
this chapter encourages you to find an accountability partner. this is so important. When I began my journey into eating a Paleo Diet my husband not only supported me but joined me. He decided we would all eat this way. My83 year-old  mother lives with us and has lost 17 pounds just by eating what we eat.  After I finished my 30 day challenge with Braxton Cosby, I joined a challenge at school with some of my fellow teachers.  The motivation and lessons I learned from this book is what I will pass on to my friends and colleagues when I recommend this book to them.

So I have to ask you. Are you ready to set and keep your weight loss goals? Then purchase this book and get started.

Friday, July 17, 2015

A Mixed Bag of Children's Books

Just as Special by 3Evoke
Genre: Children, Picture Book
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

This is a book that was written to encourage children who have no father at home. However, it could work just as well for those who have no mother. The idea behind the book is to start a conversation with children and let them know that they are special whether they have one, two, or multiple parents. Mason sits on his porch watching his best friend play with his father and wonders why he isn't as special. His mother comes to get him for lunch and the conversation they have lets him know how special he really is.  Mom doesn't tell him about the people in his life she encourages him to talk about all of the different men in his life who help and encourage him.  This should be a book that is read in every home, not just single parent homes.






Not Just a Princess by Mary Lee
Genre: Children, Picture Book
When Mia's dad wakes her up saying, "Good morning, Princess!" Mia decides she doesn't want to be a princess. She wants to be a jungle animal, a pirate and so much more. Children often feel defined y the pet names we give them. This book encourages them to be who they want to be every day.



Princess Nancie by Leela Hope
Genre: Children, Picture Book
Pricess Nancie loved to create mudpies and other messes.  What she hated most was being told she had to wear nices dresses. She decides she doesn't like all the rules so she walks out on her balcony and tells her people there will be no more rules.  When her kingdom falls  into chaos will she see the error of her ways?  This is such a great and simple book for teaching children why it is important to have rules.




Wanoo the Sorcerer by Francois Bissonnette
Genre: Children, Picture Book

Naloo the young Eskimo girl who lives in Nunavut goes to visit her friends the Zirons. When she arrives she meets up with Wanoo the young sorcerer. Three year old Wanoo has gotten much better at his magic since learning from the 170 year old Tarzi.  The most valuable lesson Wanoo learns from Tarzi is that no matter what you try to do you must practice and persevere even when you feel you are not making much progress This is what I really like about this author's books, the encouragement children get, the small life lessons from each book.


My Pet Raptor by A.J. Cosmos
Genre: Children, Picture Book
A.J.Cosmo is another of my favorite children's book authors.  He has a fun way of teaching a lesson to children without them knowing they are learning a lesson.  In this book a young boy is followed home by a Raptor. He begs his mom to let him keep it since he wants his own pet.  His mom finally tells him he can as long as he takes FULL responsibility for all of its actions. He agrees.  This are okay for a very short time. As each thing the raptor does gets bigger and bigger things.  The boy soon realizes that maybe a raptor is not a very good pet.  He then must decide what to do with him so that everyone is happy.  A great book for teaching responsibility, not only for owning a pet, but also for learning how to make decisions about what pet would be best for your family.




Sharks by Rose Leo
Genre: Children, Nonfiction, Picture book
Rose Lee has brought to children the life of sharks.  In her informative book she tells the reader about the different kinds of sharks, their looks, habitats and what they eat.  This book is great if you just want to share a book with a child or for the child's first foray into researching sharks. I found the book to be very informative and a pleasure to read.  I definitely recommend this nonfiction book.
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Draw in Perspective By this Weekend by Liron Yankonsky



Genre: Informational, Art
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

I’ve always had an issue with perspective. Tht may be because no onne has ever taught me. The author shows step by step how to do this. The pictures, instructions and explanations make it easy to learn. There are a lot of examples. The only art class I’ve ever taken was for elementary art. It never covered shading or light source. However, the one project we had to do, my professor pointed out, in front of my fellow classmates, my perspective and light source were wrong but didn’t explain why, or how to fix it.  I was well aware that the picture was wrong but couldn’t figure out on my own why.

Since I’ve found this book and his method was so helpful I am willing to check out his other books. We need more people willing to take what some of us consider to be so difficult and point out ways we can understand it and realize that with practice it is not all that difficult.



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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Student Saturday: Heroes of the Holocaust by Mara Bovsun Zullo Allan



Student Reviewer Logan C.
Genre:  Non-Fiction

This story took place in Europe uring the time of Hitler and the Holocaust. The main characers are Jews in hiding and Non-Jews willing to help them.

The major plot points are the survival or capture of the various people involved. The brutality of the Nazis was peppered throughout the book.
A connection that I have is that I hope that if I were in a situation like that I soulc bd zabl to help. I would recommend this book to history lovers, but prepare yourself for an emotional roller coaster.  I hated this book because of the horrible truths that it revcealed. It is horrible that people could be so cruel to each other

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

When I Grow Up I Want to Be…A Nurse



Genre:  Children’s Non-fiction
Source:  I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

This is the third book I have read in this series.  This one holds a special meaning for me. My oldest sister was a nurse.  From the time we were little girls she always wanted to be a nurse.  When she went off to nursing school she would send her nursing books home for me to read. She’s gone now and that made this book that honors nurses special to me.


The main character in this book is Amber.  She loves spending time with her friends.  However, her friends love to play soccer.  They try to get Amber to play with them.  She has all kinds of excuses why she doesn’t want to.  She says it is boring, they get sweaty and she might get hurt.  Her mother encourages her to try anyway. Once Amber starts playing she learns how much fun it is. During one of the games Amber collides with another girl and she breaks her arm.  When she learns she must go to the hospital she is scared.  Most of what she is scared about is the unknown.  She has a wonderful nurse named George who explains everything that is going to happen to her.  She tells him she could never be a nurse because of her fears.  He explains that nurses get used to a lot of things to overcome those fears.  Throughout her visit she learns more.  The book gives you a great look at the different types of nurses and their jobs.  I love the way the book is not just illustrated but has real pictures of nurses in action.  These are very popular books on my nonfiction shelf at school.  A lot of kids won’t try nonfiction because they seem too long or too boring.  However, they love these books because they learn a lot and they are interesting.  I hope to be able to read and review more in this series in the future.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

When I Grow Up I Want To be in the U.S. Army!


Genre: Upper Elementary, Children, Informational, Middle Grade
Source: I received a copy from the publisher to facilitate my review

My father was in the army, as is my son.  To say that I know a lot about the U.S. Army would be a lie.  I ma almost clueless.  When this book came up for review I requested it because I believe in our armed service,s and figured I would learn a lot as will my students.  This is the story of Jake a young boy who is given an assignment to come up with a creative way to show his classmates what he wants to be when he grows us.  Like Jake, a lot of my students don't know what they want to be.  They would like to be many things.  Jake talks with his father who helps him narrow it down. They visit an Army Surplus store to help Jake come up with the items he will need for his report.  One thing I like so much is how much information there was in the book.  The information is told in a way that doesn't feel like you are getting too much information. The pictures are wonderful and helpful. I loved that they put a glossary at the end of the book because it really helped me a lot. I won't feel so out of the loop when my son and daughter are talking from now on.  When you open the cover you have the "Soldier's Creed".  This is just one book by Wigu Publishing. Wigu stands for "When I Grow Up". Other topics include Teacher, Firefighter, U.S. Navy, Veterinarian, Nurse. There are more to follow.  I think these would be a great addition to my classroom shelves.
I received a copy from the publisher to facilitate my review.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Nonfiction Recommendations and Something for Teachers

I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters 
by Laruen Tarshis

I have always enjoyed these true stories.  I purchased this book to put on my classroom shelves and had to read it first myself.  This one contained stories about the 2011 Tsunami that took out the power plant in Japan.  I was very familiar with most of that information.  There was a story about the Titanic which we are currently reading about in class.  The Henryville tornado of 2012 was just a couple of years ago.  I was very intrigued with the Children's Blizzard of 1888 since I grew up in Indiana.  I lived in the country and was very familiar with tying ropes from a post on the porch of our house to our wash house, then out to the garage where we kept our chickens, to the barn and finally out to the gate and then the hog houses so we could feed them.  I learned a lot about this blizzard I had never known before. The one I enjoyed the most was the Great Molasses Flood of 1919.  I had heard it mentioned once or twice before but had never read anything about it.  Lauren Tarshis does a fabulous job of making all of the information interesting to the reader.  i also love that after each one she gives information on other similar incidents and gives a list of resources so the reader can do more of their own research.  I really can't wait for my students to read this book.


World's Scariest Prisons by Emma Carlson Berne


This is another wonderful book I purchased for my class. If I know my students and I do, they will look at the title and think this is a book about haunted prisons.  I know I did.  This book describes different prisons from all over the world.  I never thought of teh Roman colosseum as a prison, yet it was.  Each story starts with a fact card at the top. This card lets you know the other names it went by.  It tells you where it is located, the years it was in operation, the number of prisoners and any notable inmates.  I was surprised to learn that social status and money could and often played a role in how a prisoner was treated, what they ate or their accommodations. Just in case you were disappointed about this not being a book about haunted prisons, there are a couple of stories about ghosts in some of the prisons.  I found this to be a very informative book and I'm sure my students will lvoe it as well.


For all of my teacher friends out there I have something for you.

3-Minute Motivators by Kathy Paterson
This book is full of quick little motivators to use when students are lagging. There is a lot of visualization used throughout the book. favorite is found on page 136 "The Unfair Test". Growing up I hated pop quizzes. I considered them to be extremely unfair. I swore I would never do this. In this activity you give a pop quiz and ask questions like "What is H2O", "What is this (hold up a pencil). The reason this test is unfair is because the only correct and acceptable answers are the ridiculous ones such as, H2O is "a home for fish" orthe pencils is "a back scratcher". The different tasks are coded by subjects and whether it is an individual, group or team activity. They also tell you when and why you can use the motivator. There are so many I really want to try with my students.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Real Dogs Don’t Whisper by Kelly Preston


Pages: 200
Genre: NonFiction
Source: I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own. I was not compensated in any way.

From Goodreads:
Do you believe in second chances? Real Dogs Don't Whisper book is about second chances and miracles. Special needs dogs teach their human about life and how to believe and live in the moment. Award winning, Real Dogs Don't Whisper is more than a book about dogs - it's a book about life. Named Winner for the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards, Alex Carroll Radio Publicity Sponsor's Choice. 2013 Silver Award Winner in Readers' Favorite Non Fiction, Animals/Pets category. 2013 Finalist in Readers' Favorite Awards, Animals/Pets category. 2013 Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards, Animals/Pets category. 2013 Finalist in the "Animals/Pets: Narrative Non-Fiction" category by International Book Awards. Real Dogs Don't Whisper is about rescue dogs that were ready to be given up on because they have special needs. It is about how these special four taught their human, Kelly, about life. Real Dogs Don't Whisper: Life Lessons from a Larger than Life Dog! (and his Owner), is the true story of a remarkable family as told in a unique way by both Kelly Preston, the owner of the household, and her spunky, hilarious, nine-year old Lhasa Apso, Mr. MaGoo. Kelly, Mr. MaGoo, Buffy, Carla Mae, and Betty Boop. A girl, her two Lhasa Apsos, one Cocker Spaniel, and one adorable mutt - each with their own challenging set of difficulties to overcome. One puppy has serious neurological disorders. Two were severely abused. All are on a journey of discovery. Together, learning love and patience along the way, they have grown and thrived. And perhaps none so much as the girl.

My Thoughts:
This is a wonderful book.  You don’t have to be a dog lover to enjoy this book.  I grew up on a farm much like the author did.  We raised pigs.  We rented out our fields to neighboring farmers. We always had 1-2 dogs and loads of cats.  I was the cat lover in the family and everyone else the dog lovers.  We took in dogs that were dropped off in the country and found their way to our house, or dogs that were given to us because someone had abused them and they needed a good home.  I could identify with the author in so many ways.  There is  a lot of work that goes with taking in pets like this.  There are ups and down. There are times when you are overjoyed by what your dog is doing and then there are times that  are tough to deal with. Kelly has gone above and beyond with her dogs.  She has taken in dogs with a plethora of medical and personality disorders that would prompt others to put them down.

Another reason to read this book is because of the sheer humor found in it.  The book starts out being told by Kelly’s co-writer and dog, Mr. Magoo.  His humor in the way he sees things makes the story flow. The books is peppered with pictures of her dogs throughout the years.  I am so glad I was given the opportunity to read and review this book.  It is one I will definitely cherish and recommend to my friends.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Day 2: Found Reviews

Sorry about the gap in posting my found reviews.  Today I will be posting only one of them.  I seem to have caught what my grand-kids have had.  I've been in bed most of the day with my grandson laying beside me.  Naps worked wonders for both of us. Here is the only one I felt like typing up today.  We'll see how I feel tomorrow.


Katie: The Little Girl Who Stuttered and Then Learned to Talk Fluently – Ronald L. Webster
Pages: 38

Source:  Review Copy in exchange for my honest review

This is the story of young Katie who had a stuttering problem.  Her parents took her to many doctors.  They said that her problem was because she was nervous around people, or her parents expected her to be perfect, or even claimed she stuttered because she wasn’t very intelligent.  When she started first grade she was bullied by kids

Her mom saw a news report about a doctor who helped people who stuttered.  He didn’t think the way the other doctors did.  He believed it was just something that happened.  Her parents took her to this doctor.  He did some tests then started her on the road to end her stuttering.  It was a lot of hard work.  She found out she had to learn to control certain muscles to make certain sounds  and that helped her with her stuttering problem.  She was excited to get back to school and show the kids that she could talk just like them.

This is a true story.  It doesn’t end there.  If you want to find out more about Katie when she grew up get the book.  If you have a child who stutters, get the book.  This is an inspirational story.  It points out how determined Katie was to fix this problem.  It also shows how cruel kids can be when they don’t understand the problem.  This would be a great book to give to a school speech therapist.

About the Author:

Ronald L. Webster, Ph.D. is a pioneer in the treatment of stuttering. He created the first comprehensive, behavioral stuttering therapy in 1972 and founded Hollins Communications Research Institute (HCRI – www.stuttering.org), a leading nonprofit center dedicated to stuttering treatment innovations. HCRI has served more than 6,000 people from 48 countries. Dr. Webster’s center provides a program for parents of children who stutter and works with the National Institutes of Health in research on the genetics of stuttering.. Dr. Webster’s work has been the focus of news stories by the New York Times, Newsweek, Scientific American, Parade, Sports Illustrated, 20/20, NBC Today, Nightline, CBS Morning News, and Good Morning America. In addition to serving as HCRI president, Dr. Webster is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of psychology (emeritus) at Hollins University. He wrote this book to offer encouragement and inspiration to children who stutter and their parents.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Student Saturday: Super Storms

Super Storms That Rocked the World: Hurricanes, Tsunamis, and Other Disasters – Mark Shulman

Student Reviewer:  Maddy 

From Goodreads:
Life-changing hurricanes, devastating tsunamis, and last-minute tornadoes are just a few recent havoc's that Mother Nature has wreaked upon us. But with "Super Storms that Rocked the World" by Meredith Books, you'll get to take a glance into the devastation of nature before the era of technology. Explore shocking disasters from the past century and the last few years that ravaged nature as we know it today.

Student’s Thoughts:
How many of you out there love storms?  I know I do.  I think this book is perfect for storm lovers.  This book teaches you how storms happen, why, and how they can wreck the outdoors.  This book has a lot of facts about storms.  A lot of storms wreck things, but some do not.  Have you ever seen a lightning storm?  If so that is one that does not usually make destruction.  It is a cloud full of lightning.  If you like storms, read, borrow, check-out, or even buy this book.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Off to Class – Susan Hughes


Publisher:  Owlkids Books
Pages:  64
Source:  I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Genre:   All Ages, Non-fiction

This book made its way through several of the teachers at my school before I got it back to review.  We are an IB World School, so the other teachers thought they should read this book to share with their students how lucky they are to be able to have an education that comes so easy.  It was eye opening to see how these kids live and how much they value an education.  This is a block that definitely will go on my shelves.  My students need to realize how good they have it. 

For me the most interesting thing was the Platform schools.  Kids are free to cme and go,  or bring younger siblings.  This eliminates many problems they may have.

I personally would love to hold school in a tree house.  I think Ill share this book with my students at the beginning of next school year.  Maybe then they will appreciate the free educational chances they have.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Student Saturday: Incredible Captures - Bill Morgan

Publisher:  Scholastic
Pages:  112
Genre:  Young Adult, Non-Fiction
Reviewer:  Autumn

Incredible Captures by Bill Morgan  the characters are John List, Bobby Comfort, Brinks Gang, Lauren, and Johnny Kon.  They all are criminals.  The crimes take place in apartments, cars, streets, hotels, prison and houses.

The biggest, sweetest, richest robbery ever was in a hotel by Bobby Comfort and some of his friends.  This robbery is listed in the top 10 robberies in America.  There were thousands of boxes with jewelry, money and of course diamonds.  they only took less than half of the boxes because they knew that someone was coming.  Bobby Comfort was only seven years old when he started to steal.  His mom wanted him to steal from his father when he was sleeping.  He stole for himself took and then did even more serious things.  John List's family was about to become homeless so then he killed everybody, even his kids, wife mom and brother.  The Brinks gang started robbing store then hotels.  Lauren started to do crimes by kidnapping a girl and the mother got her back.  Johnny Kon started to do crimes by robbing stores.

This book is about good, bloody, interesting and exciting crimes.  There are a lot of details and descriptions of people and things.  What made the criminals start to do these crimes?  What made them stop?  It' so interesting that I could not put down this book.

I think that this book is good and that if you like to watch Americas Most Wanted or mysteries and crimes, then I would think that you will love this book.  I read this book in less than half a day.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Learn Chinese Through Songs and Rhymes - Lydia Lin

Publisher:  CreateSpace
Pages:  400
Genre:  Instructional Bilingual
Source:  I received a copy from the author in exchange for a review

About the Author
Because of her father's occupation, Lydia Lin has lived in a few different countries during her childhood and youth. Whenever her family moved from one place to another, she and her siblings had to deal with the issue of learning the language used at the new school and, at the same time, maintaining a working knowledge of their native tongue, Mandarin Chinese. Consequently, Lydia has rich first-hand experiences to draw on for compiling this Chinese language instruction book, even though her studies and job functions have been in the fields of science and technology


My Thoughts

When I was first asked to review this book I was very excited.  It was not that I wanted to learn Chinese.  I teach at a middle school that has as one of its three foreign languages, Chinese.  I asked our Chinese Teacher Mr. Liu to review the book after I had and give me his feedback.  For my part I thought the book was an excellent example along with the audio files.  I loved that she used a lot of familiar Western songs.  No, I will never be proficient or anywhere near passable in Chinese.  My students have tried for three years.  I have a problem with hearing some of the sounds that are in the Asian languages.  My ESOL students used to throw up there hands in frustrations because of this. 

Mr. Liu took the book home.  He felt after examining it that if the book was used without the audio then I would be difficult to learn. His one suggestion was a CD to accompany the book.  He was impressed enough to use it as an incentive for his students.  One of his students will own the book at the end of the year.  He tells me they are working very hard for this book.

I believe this is just one more aid to help our students learn a foreign language.  In this case Chinese.  I whole heartily recommend this book.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Promote Your Book – Patricia Fry

Product Details
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Allworth Press (August 10, 2011)
Language: English

The ideas and tips in Patricia’s book were most helpful.  I was really pleased.  I found myself going from one link to another, checking things out.  I self-published my book and I wish I had read this book a year before I published.  There is so much information in this book.  I found the section on promoting my book to be the most helpful.  When you self-publish it is all up to you to promote your book.  The book doesn’t give you every single step.  It is more like giving you the basics, and pointing you in the direction of many resources to help you along the way.  I reviewed this book in an e-galley format.  I will most definitely need to purchase it for the advice within as I prepare to publish my next book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


Friday, July 15, 2011

Two Wonderful Books By Linda Ballou


Saying Goodbye with Love – Linda Ballou

From Amazon:  What your family should know before going to the funeral home. This book is about final expenses and final wishes. This book will make it easier for your family when making funeral arrangements.

About a week back my husband and I went to a local Amish restaurant with two goals in mind.  The first was to seek out the manager in regards to a possible book signing at their restaurant and the second was to eat at their delicious breakfast buffet.  Upon entering we noticed an author set up for her book signing.  After eating we stopped by to look at her books.  I got more than I bargained for.  I chose to purchase her book “Saying Goodbye with Love.  The reason was simple; my elderly mother lives with us.  She is constantly telling me that she has everything in her file cabinet in her room.  I didn’t know what else I needed to do for her or how to bring up the subject.   I new the following things:  My mother was to be buried next to my father in the national cemetery and that her insurance would cover it.  She would always tell me that we would discuss the rest later.  I never knew how to bring up the subject without offending her.  That is where Linda’s book came in. 

My mother has had a living will for quite some time.  It wasn’t until my sister passed away and was cremated that I found out my mother does not want to be cremated.   I decided it was time to sit with her and to use Linda’s book to get things in place.  This went from simple things such as the funeral home to the things most people don’t think about and discuss with family.  I have her wishes for her funeral, who I need to contact, nursing home information in case it ever becomes necessary.  She did the research and chose the one she thought was a best fit.  The financial end is taken care of.  I remember the decisions we had to make when my father passed away.  Tough decisions to make anytime, but especially when you are grieving.  I was going to give this book away on my website but have decided to pass it on to other family members.  I have a sister and niece,  both with cancer.  They have told me I am to handle everything.  This book will help.  I have made a plan for  my own children.  This is not a subject we like to talk about, but it is a necessary subject.  Linda has just made it much easier for us.  I recommend this book to everyone.


Soft Selling in the 21st Century – Linda Ballou

From Amazon:  Dr. Linda Ballou has extracted the essential gems from her renowned sales training seminars and concentrated them all in one prescription for sure-fire sales success. Dr. Ballou covers essential preparation to sell, from goal-setting to eliminating the competition. Then she lays out a clear "Blueprint of Sales" that will guide any reader, from beginner to seasoned professional, to foolproof closings. Throughout she emphasizes the new musts for 21st-century sales: educating the client and stellar service.

After purchasing the book I proceeded to talk with Linda about my first and upcoming book signing.  I discussed my fears with her.  She graciously gave me little tips and hints to make things easier.  I had one of my books with me and I gave it to her as a gift.  Then she handed me her second book and told me that it would help me.  I have read positive thinking books most of my life.  I’ve read some of the best books on selling.  However, Linda’s book Soft Selling in the 21st Century is a gentle reminder not only to those who sell a product, but to those of us who must sell our skills and talents every day.  It was a reminder that even with writing I must still set my goals and then create a plan to get there.  I must set goals and plans for all aspects of this new venture.  So that is what I did.  It’s funny because within thirty minutes of working on my plan I had two book signings scheduled and two stores asking me to bring in my books because they wanted to carry them.  I was so happy.  As soon as I returned hope I sat at my desk and started working at those goals again.  This book will work for everyone no matter what your walk in life.  Most importantly it gave me back the confidence I needed to see what I had to do.  Do I think this will make this book a best seller?  No.  Do I think it ups my chance of getting my book in the hands of those who can make it a best seller?  Most definitely.  I can’t thank her enough for allowing me the opportunity to read and review two wonderful books.  Thank you Linda and I will spread the word about your books.



Thursday, July 16, 2009

Three New Reviews

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

Publisher: Farrar,, Straus, and Grioux, 2005
Ages 12 and up

Lizzie Hall is fifteen and preparing to get her driver’s license and help her friend pick out a dress for the prom. All of these plans change in the blink of an eye. Suddenly Lizzie wakes up on a ship called the SS Nile. She and her roommate Thandi, dressed in white pajama’s leave the room to find food and explore. Unlike Thandi it takes Liz a while to realize that she, like everyone else on this ship is dead. When the ship finally stops she finds herself in a place called Elsewhere and on the dock is her Grandmother Betty.
Liz tries all kinds of things to find out who she is in this strange place. Just when she thinks she has it figured out and has found someone to love, her luck changes again.
This was an absolutely delightful read. You see the rebellious teenager unwilling to change at first and then you see the teenager who has decided to give her time in elsewhere her best. She finds talents she never knew she had and uses them to help others. This was a fun read. I found myself giggling out loud at times. This book definitely gets a 5 out of 5 for being easy, delightful and fun.









Giv: The Story of a Dog and America
Author: Boston Teran
High top Publishing, 2009

The book came to me with the quote, “The Forrest Gump of dog books”. This was so right on target. The author crafted the story so well that I had to go back to make sure the story was fiction. This is the story of Giv, a dog who travels all across the states. He survives a kidnapping, Hurricane Katrina, an abusive period only to be rescued by a Marine, who finds it was he that needed rescued. This Marine decides to find Giv’s owner, which takes him across the country. Once again Giv rescues someone and it is believed that Give is lost. When found his past meets up with his future. This was a wonderful book. Each owner has a story. It is usually one that starts out negative until Giv enters the picture. Lives are changed because of him. Anyone who has ever had a pet, or read stories of animals who have rescued others, often giving their own life for the human will want to read this book. Just like in Forrest Gump, every negative thing that happens to him turns into something positive. I gave this book a 5 out of 5 rating.



Ageing Well: A guide to Rejuvenation and Longevity
Author: Dr. George Cromack,
Outskirts Press, 2009

Just when you think you are doing everything you can to help you age gracefully, along comes another book to show you how to do it better. Unlike a lot of books, this book chose to treat the whole person. This book is basically an informational book. It gives you options to improve your lifestyle. I usually don’t put a lot of stock into these types of books because they want you to make such strict changes to your lifestyle that is not always compatible with those who live with you. I didn’t feel that way about this book. I have incorporated breathing exercises, strength training. A lot of the natural products; antioxidants, probiotics and enzymes suggested in the book, I had already added due to six surgeries over the last year and a half. They were products that my surgeons recommended to aid in the healing process. This book took a more homeopathic view of treating our bodies. They were common sense items that were probably the things our grandparents or great-grandparents used.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Color Is Everything

Color is Everything by Dan Bartges is the best color theory book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I have been dabbling in painting for several years now and still have a problem with color. After reading the book I took my very first painting and was able to figure out what I need to do to fix it so that I will like it again. The fix is very simple. I have had a color wheel for years, due to quilting but never really had someone explain and give examples of how to use it. Believe it or not it came with a color theory book for quilters. The most beneficial part of the book was where he put up pictures and had the reader figure out the color scheme used. The ability to do hands-on work with the book was also very helpful. I pulled out some of my fabric I had put together for quilts and found some very common mistakes I had made. These would have been not too pleasing. I usually have my daughter help pick out my color schemes based around one central color because she has that “natural ability” that so many of us don’t have. I will share this book with her as she has been experimenting with painting. This is definitely a book for the beginner and advanced artist or artist in training. I will give this book 5 out of 5 and recommend it to my quilting and arts and crafts friends.