Because of family stuff, it was an intense week for me. I didn't manage to get in much reading until Saturday while travelling on a ferry back from Vancouver Island. I spent Saturday evening and Sunday lazing around curled up with books. Life will return to normal soon enough right?
Ocean Meets Sky by Terry & Eric Fan
This is my favourite Fan Brothers book so far. Beautiful story and beautiful images. Just Wow!
A Day with Yayah by Nicola I. Campbell & Julie Flett (Illustrator)
This takes me back to the landscape of my youth and the times I went gathering wild plants with my family.
In this book a group of children go on a plant harvesting expedition with their Yayah (Grandmother) and other elders. Although I am familiar with many of these plants, I had no idea that some of them, like the arrowleaf balsamroot, are edible. The book integrates Nte?kepmxcin vocabulary and way of knowing the world into the story. There is a glossary with a pronunciation guide at the end of the book.
Backyard Fairies by Phoebe Wahl
These gorgeous illustrations take the reader into the enchanted landscape of the Pacific Northwest Coast. I've meandered into these kinds of spaces numerous times, places I've been certain are inhabited by the wee folk. What is gorgeous about this book is it begins with this possibility of magic and then moves into a fantasy where evidence of the fey are discovered all around the young girl's world. It's written in rhyming poetry that works delightfully.
NONFICTION PICTURE BOOKS
Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers?: The Story of Ada Lovelace by Tanya Lee Stone & Marjorie Priceman (Illustrations)
I found this in my book bag after finishing up Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini. There are some conflicts in the two narratives, most notably in that Chiaverini's version has Ada introducing the idea of punch cards to Babbage. What is clear in all the many books about Ada Bryon, is how she was able to envision the potential for the analytical engine even beyond that of Babbage himself.
Dory Fantasmagory: Head in the Clouds (Dory Fantasmagory #4) by Abby Hanlon
Oh so fabulously hilarious! I adore Dory more with each new book. In this one she meets the tooth fairy and saves her from Mrs. Gobble Gracker, Dory's arch nemesis.
Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini
I want to give this 3.5 stars. This fictional account of the life of Ada Lovelace gives readers all kinds of insights into how she became the remarkable woman who is know as the world’s first computer programmer. I especially enjoyed reading the sections of this book that pertained to science and mathematics. It hasn’t been (and still isn’t) easy to be an intelligent woman in a patriarchal society.
The One Hundred Nights of Hero (Early Earth) by Isabel Greenberg
Five stars is not enough for how much I love this book. It's epically mythic. I became a fan of Isabel Greenberg's work when I read The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, the first of her Early Earth series. If you haven't yet read either of these, you need to fix that soon. I can hardly wait for her next book, but in the meantime, I'm going to see what other works of hers my library has.
I switched to a text version of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate because I couldn't stay focused in the audio version. I'm reading The Sweet Spot by Stacy Barnett Mozer. I just started listening to The Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes.
Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot is ready to go as my next audiobook. Other than that I'm planning on reading You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly and finishing up the pile of picture books.
PROGRESS ON MY READING GOALS
#MustReadNFIn2018 5/12 1 in progress
#BigBookSummer 2/4 1 in progress
25 Books by Canadian Indigenous Authors 11/25
Goodreads Reading Challenge 233/333