Friday, January 28, 2011

Review: How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin

How To Raise An Amazing Child the Montessori WayTitle: How To Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way

Author: Tim Seldin

Pages: 187

Source: Personal library

Rating: 9/10

Summary:

A practical parenting program to help build a calm and happy home life with your child, from birth through age six.

Based on Montessori school methods that inspired Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.

Packed with creative activities to help children discover more about their world -- as well as foster independence, concentration, and respect for others.

My Two Cents:

I'll admit, since reading about the Montessori mattress idea in a few blogs a while back, I've been a little obsessed with the Montessori method of educating children. I've found a lot of schooling theories in researching homeschooling techniques, but this one strikes me as the most complete in terms of both academics and home life, as well as working with children from birth.

This book isn't a complete how-to manual for the Montessori theory. If you want that, you'll have to go read some of Maria Montessori's original texts, hook up with a licensed Montessori school, or just do tons and tons of research.

What this book does do, though, is give parents some really practical tools that they can implement in their own homes to either reinforce an already ongoing Montessori education, or as a way to introduce some of the philosophies of Montessori education in the home if a child is not receiving a Montessori education. Sure, our soon-to-be little one is still a few years away from any kind of formal education, but I absolutely plan to implement some of these things in our home.

The thing that struck me most about this book was teaching a child, at a young age, to be independent. Pouring water, fixing snacks, doing household chores and dressing are all covered in Seldin's book, along with real-life ways to teach your child the techniques. Seldin, president of the Montessori Foundation, gives parents step-by-step directions for things such as teaching a young child how to sweep a floor, and often includes serial pictures of the process. I really, really liked that aspect of this book, especially the pictorial illustrations, as sometimes just words don't get the point across well enough.

This is a great book for anyone considering a Montessori education for his or her child, as it's a very basic introduction to a lot of the tenets. It's also great for parents who want to teach their children Montessori methods, but don't have access to a licensed school.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Review: Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy #1) by Lauren DeStefano

Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy)Title: Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy #1)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Pages:  358 (I have an ARC, so page numbers may differ in final copies)
Source: Publisher for review
Challenges: Debut Author Challenge

Rating: 10/10

Summary (From back of book):
In the not-too-distant future, because of genetic engineering, every human is a ticking time bomb -- males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. To keep the population from dying out, girls are kidnapped and sold into polygamous marriages.
When sixteen-year-old Rhine is taken, she enters a world of wealth and privilege that both entices and terrifies her. She has everything she ever wanted -- except freedom. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to escape before it is too late.

My Two Cents:

Dystopian literature is all the rage these days in the young adult arena, and this trilogy by a debut author (Who just happens to be about my age :)) is poised to take its place among some of the greats of the last couple years.

DeStefano creates a world that, in the way that Brave New World is frightening, is eerily prescient in its possibilities. The human race, in an effort to create "perfect" people, engineered an entire generation of perfectly healthy, long-living people. The one thing they didn't foresee, however, was that their experiments caused the life spans of all future generations to become devastatingly shortened. Humanity currently has much of the technology that could pull of this scenario, if given enough time, and the way that designer babies and life-prolonging measures are headed, it's highly probable that something similar could occur in the future. This is one of those dystopian novels that makes you fear for humanity and, in a way, wish that many of the things we know now had never been discovered. I often found myself chilled by the thought that this could happen in the future, and this could be the way humanity exists. Scary.

Rhine is one of those teen characters that I like best. She's got an innocence about her when she's seduced by the glitter that surrounds her at Linden's mansion, and she wants to trust people, but she's still worldly enough to know that all that glitters is not gold. There's a good, solid head on her shoulders, and she's constantly looking for ways out of the life into which she was forced. Sure, she laments the life she once led, but she doesn't get too whiny and mopey (As many teen characters, regardless of whether they're in dystopian novels, have a tendency to be) and pull the "poor me" card. She's always thinking and always observing and always figuring out ways to play her advantages.

The ending of this installment leaves the whole rest of the series wide open with possibilities. What will happen to Rhine? What will happen to all the other characters (I'm not going to say anything because that would give too much away)? Will anyone find a cure for the mysterious virus that strikes at the fatal birthday?

I would highly recommend this book to any fan of science fiction, fantasy or dystopian literature. It doesn't even read as a young adult novel many times; it's perfect for adults and teens alike.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Debut Author Tour on offer: The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

Karen of OCD about Books has graciously offered a finished copy of The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher for the tour!

Here's a little about the book:

The Water WarsWould you risk everything for someone you just met?
What if he had a secret worth killing for?
Welcome to a future where water is more precious than oil or gold...
Hundreds of millions of people have already died, and millions more will soon fall-victims of disease, hunger, and dehydration. It is a time of drought and war. The rivers have dried up, the polar caps have melted, and drinkable water is now in the hands of the powerful few. There are fines for wasting it and prison sentences for exceeding the quotas.
But Kai didn't seem to care about any of this. He stood in the open road drinking water from a plastic cup, then spilled the remaining drops into the dirt. He didn't go to school, and he traveled with armed guards. Kai claimed he knew a secret-something the government is keeping from us...
And then he was gone. Vanished in the middle of the night. Was he kidnapped? Did he flee? Is he alive or dead? There are no clues, only questions. And no one can guess the lengths to which they will go to keep him silent. We have to find him-and the truth-before it is too late for all of us.

I'm opening this first round up to SIX participants in the US and Canada.

Once I get six people signed up, I'll cut off comments. If the book makes it back to me in a reasonable amount of time, I'll open it up to others!

If you're interested, leave a comment with:
1. Your name
2. Your e-mail address
3. Your state or province

Remember: If you participate, you are responsible for shipping the book to the next person on the list.

Debut Author Tour on offer: The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

Kristie of Text and Java has graciously offered a finished copy of The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher for the tour!

Here's a little about the book:

The Water WarsWould you risk everything for someone you just met?
What if he had a secret worth killing for?
Welcome to a future where water is more precious than oil or gold...
Hundreds of millions of people have already died, and millions more will soon fall-victims of disease, hunger, and dehydration. It is a time of drought and war. The rivers have dried up, the polar caps have melted, and drinkable water is now in the hands of the powerful few. There are fines for wasting it and prison sentences for exceeding the quotas.
But Kai didn't seem to care about any of this. He stood in the open road drinking water from a plastic cup, then spilled the remaining drops into the dirt. He didn't go to school, and he traveled with armed guards. Kai claimed he knew a secret-something the government is keeping from us...
And then he was gone. Vanished in the middle of the night. Was he kidnapped? Did he flee? Is he alive or dead? There are no clues, only questions. And no one can guess the lengths to which they will go to keep him silent. We have to find him-and the truth-before it is too late for all of us.

I'm opening this first round up to SIX participants in the US and Canada.

Once I get six people signed up, I'll cut off comments. If the book makes it back to me in a reasonable amount of time, I'll open it up to others!

If you're interested, leave a comment with:
1. Your name
2. Your e-mail address
3. Your state or province

Remember: If you participate, you are responsible for shipping the book to the next person on the list.

Debut Author Tour on offer: Warped by Maurissa Guibord

Kristie of Text and Java has graciously offered a finished copy of Warped by Maurissa Guibord for the tour!

Here's a little about the book:

WarpedTessa doesn't believe in magic. Or Fate. But there's something weird about the dusty unicorn tapestry she discovers in a box of old books. She finds the creature woven within it compelling and frightening. After the tapestry comes into her possession, Tessa experiences dreams of the past and scenes from a brutal hunt that she herself participated in. When she accidentally pulls a thread from the tapestry, Tessa releases a terrible centuries old secret. She also meets William de Chaucy, an irresistible 16th-century nobleman. His fate is as inextricably tied to the tapestry as Tessa's own. Together, they must correct the wrongs of the past. But then the Fates step in, making a tangled mess of Tessa's life. Now everyone she loves will be destroyed unless Tessa does their bidding and defeats a cruel and crafty ancient enemy.

I'm opening this first round up to SIX participants in the US and Canada.

Once I get six people signed up, I'll cut off comments. If the book makes it back to me in a reasonable amount of time, I'll open it up to others!

If you're interested, leave a comment with:
1. Your name
2. Your e-mail address
3. Your state or province

Remember: If you participate, you are responsible for shipping the book to the next person on the list.

Debut Author Tour on offer: Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

Kristie from Text and Java has graciously offered a finished copy of Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson for the tour!

Here's a little about the book:

The Latte RebellionHoping to raise money for a post-graduation trip to London, Asha Jamison and her best friend Carey decide to sell T-shirts promoting the Latte Rebellion, a club that raises awareness of mixed-race students.

But seemingly overnight, their "cause" goes viral and the T-shirts become a nationwide social movement. As new chapters spring up from coast to coast, Asha realizes that her simple marketing plan has taken on a life of its own—and it's starting to ruin hers. Asha's once-stellar grades begin to slip, threatening her Ivy League dreams, while her friendship with Carey hangs by a thread. And when the peaceful underground movement spins out of control, Asha's school launches a disciplinary hearing. Facing expulsion, Asha must decide how much she's willing to risk for something she truly believes in.
I'm opening this first round up to SIX participants in the US and Canada.

Once I get six people signed up, I'll cut off comments. If the book makes it back to me in a reasonable amount of time, I'll open it up to others!

If you're interested, leave a comment with:
1. Your name
2. Your e-mail address
3. Your state or province

Remember: If you participate, you are responsible for shipping the book to the next person on the list.

Debut Author Tour on offer: ARC of Wither by Lauren DeStefano

I'm offering my personal ARC of Wither by Lauren DeStefano for the Debut Author Challenge Tour.

Here's a little about the book:

Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy)In the not-too-distant future, because of genetic engineering, every human is a ticking time bomb -- males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. To keep the population from dying out, girls are kidnapped and sold into polygamous marriages.
When sixteen-year-old Rhine is taken, she enters a world of wealth and privilege that both entices and terrifies her. She has everything she ever wanted -- except freedom. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to escape before it is too late.

This book is set to release March 22.

I'm opening this first round up to SIX participants in the US and Canada. I will also consider international shipping on a case-by-case basis, so e-mail me if you're interested!

Once I get six people signed up, I'll cut off comments. If the book makes it back to me in a reasonable amount of time, I'll open it up to others!

If you're interested, leave a comment with:
1. Your name
2. Your e-mail address
3. Your state or province

Remember: If you participate, you are responsible for shipping the book to the next person on the list.
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