We have slowed down with the renovations. After talking to friends who told us that they took up to four years to finish the work on their house, we are trying to relax and take our time. It's not like we, or the house, are going anywhere, and at least our bedroom no longer has carpet in it!
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This simple book explains in what kindness is. Each page makes statement explaining one aspect of kindness. Each sentence is accompanied by an illustration. The book talks about how we can be kind to each other, to our families, friends and neighbors, and to the planet. It continues on explaining the feelings we get when we are actively kind.
Nicole Neidhardt’s bold illustrations show indigenous people in of different skin tones, but the messages of kindness are for everyone. Her artwork turns this simple book into a thing of beauty. She explains that she integrates “ Navajo identity into my everyday contemporary reality. I explore this relationship through the media of painting, reflective mylar stenciling, and painted collage. “
This is a beautiful book. It’s ideal to read to a group of younger students at the beginning of the school year. It’s one I’m looking forward to sharing with my three year old grandchildren.
I appreciate that it shows us the power each of us have, no matter our age, to make the world a better place.
It won't be published until October 13, 2020, but you can watch Monique Gray Smith reading this book here.
NONFICTION PICTURE BOOKS
This was a fabulous read for all kinds of reasons. I had never heard of Wu Chien Shiung before this book. I was fascinated just reading about her parents' work to set up a school for girls in the early 1900's in China. Then they sent their daughter off to further her education in the nearest educational center to support her learning. I've been thinking about how that 50 miles was so far from home compared today when it's hardly worth thinking about. Then she ended up travelling even farther from home to learn more and more about physics. She ended up in the United States where she worked on some of the most important problems of the time.
I appreciated the additional information in the back matter. There is more information about Wu Chien Shiung, a glossary which explains the physics vocabulary, a bibliography and suggestions for further reading.
Rebecca Huang's stylized illustrations reveal so much emotion in the characters while her swirling numbers, formulas and symbols show what is going on in Wu Chien Shiung's head.
While Teresa Robeson was born in Hong Kong and now lives in Indiana, she was raised and went to university in Vancouver BC. Does this mean I can claim her as Canadian?
This is the story of a young boy who is trying to figure out his sexuality. He's not attracted to boys or girls. He joins the after school Rainbow Club where he makes many new friends. Unfortunately his best friend, Jeff, is a homophobic bully who is always getting into trouble. I liked that Alex Gino showed Jeff as having some positive qualities. I just wish I understood more about how he became the person he was. I can't help but wonder if he can be redeemed and become a better person.
As a grandparent I especially appreciated Rick's connection with his grandparent. It's this relationship that helps him find the courage to end his friendship with Jeff.
Dig is a book that was on my 2019 MustReadList. I started it way back when, but had to send it back to the library unfinished.
This time I was engrossed in the audiobook from the start. It did take me a bit to get all the characters sorted out, but when I did, I was wowed. ( To be honest, I've never read, or listened to any of A. S. King's novels that didn't wow me.) This book tells the story of six teens, five of who are related although they don't know each other. It's a ghost and murder mystery, although you won't figure this out at first. It's a book that speaks out against racism.
Once I got the characters sorted out, I was infatuated with each of them. In their own ways they are unique, quirky and honest. Together they create a beacon of hope for the future of their family, their world and maybe for us too.
This tells the story of a teen girl, Quin, and her friends in the first days of the Covid 19 pandemic. At first they are all excited to be getting a longer spring break. Then the boredom sets in and they struggle to deal with online schooling. Quin lives next door to one of her best friends, a class clown and the two of them are lucky to be able to spend time together all the while social distancing. While the story is told from these young people's perspective, we get to know more about how it affects other people through their parents and extended family.
These youth filled me up with hope as they go out of their way to support their community and each other in different ways.
Eric Walters writes wonderful characters who I came to care about. I can't help but wonder if he will write a sequel so we can learn how they are doing as the pandemic continues.
At first I assumed this novel was set in Ontario Canada, but by the time I finished the book I realized it could be almost anywhere in North America. With the virus raging out of control in the USA, but more or less under control here in Canada, I can't help but wonder how these young teens' lives would differ depending on where they live.
The hardcopy version of this book won't be available until September 22, but you can download the ebook now.
I'm still reading The Skin We're In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole. It's a hard read but it's giving me a thorough understanding of what it means to be black or indigenous here in Canada. I'm almost finished Half-Breed by Maria Campbell. I've just started Nanaimo Girl by by Prudence Emery. When that is done I'll get back to Sara and the Search for Normal by Wesley King.
I'm hoping to get to A Matter of Malice by Thomas King and The Year We Fell From Space by A. S. King. My next audiobook will be The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus.
PROGRESS ON MY READING GOALS
Big Books Summer 2020 3/10
25 Books by Canadian Indigenous Authors: 15/25
100 books by Canadian Authors: 97/100
Goodreads Reading Challenge: 199/333