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Book Review – Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life

Title: Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life

Series: No29662107

Author: Jeff Wilser

Published:September 20th, 2016

Links:Amazon * Barnes & Noble

Dates Read: October 2nd, 2016 to October 3rd, 2016

Rating: 5 stars

Source: Blogging For Books – physical copy

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Goodreads Summary: 

The life and lessons of the Founding Father who mastered the arts of wit, war, and wealth, longbefore becomingthe subject of Broadway sHamilton: An American Musical

Two centuries after his death, Alexander Hamilton is shining once more under the world s spotlight and we need him now more than ever.
Hamilton was a self-starter. Scrappy. Orphaned as a child, he came to America with nothing but a code of honor and a hunger to work. He then went on to help win the Revolutionary War and ratify the Constitution, create the country s financial system, charm New York s most eligible ladies, and land his face on our $10 bill.The ultimate underdog, he combined a fearless, independent spirit with a much-needed dose of American optimism.
Hamilton died before he could teach us the lessons he learned, but Alexander Hamilton s Guide to Life unlocks his core principles intended for anyone interested in success, romance, money, or dueling. They include:
.Speak with Authority Even If You Have None (Career)
.Seduce with Your Strengths (Romance)
.Find Time for the Quills and the Bills (Money)
.Put the Father in Founding Father (Friends & Family)
.Being Right Trumps Being Popular (Leadership)
For history buffs and pop-culture addicts alike, this mix of biography, humor, and advice offers a fresh take on a nearly forgotten Founding Father, and will spark a revolution in your own life.”

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Lindsey’s review:

Alexander Hamilton
My name is Alexander Hamilton
And there’s a million things I haven’t done
But just you wait, just you wait…

Back in school I remember learning about Hamilton but never really paying attention to his impact on our world and his life. But recently and thanks to the hit musical “Hamilton” myself and so many others have decided to learn more about who Alexander Hamilton really was.

I have not seen the musical but I have listened to the songs and purchased the book that was used to create the play. When I saw this I decided to step away from the musical and have a different look into Alexander Hamilton and his life.

This is a quick and enjoyable book to read. First I was surprised that it was a smaller book in size but it still had a nice length to it.

I have recently gotten into politics and history. I was also into the Kennedy family and their impact on the special education world because I’m working on becoming a special education teacher. However I was not into Hamilton but thanks to books like this I have been able to go back and really look into the impact he had on our society. His influence was huge.

Jeff Wilser has done a great job writing this book. It’s written in a way were it’s like fiction. It’s addicting and I did not want to put it down. Great job.

I was provided a physical copy of the book through blogging for books in exchange for an honest review. That had no impact on my feeling and review of the book.

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MY RATING
5 stars
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Review – Wee Alphas

As a nanny to young ones (4 under the age 0f 5) plus an aunt to a 5 year old (almost 6 year old) little girl and a future elementary special education teacher I’m always looking for new material that I can found and use with the kids I work with now and might be useful in my classroom.

And when I came across Wee Alphas on Blogging For Books I knew that it was something that I needed to check out. And I was extremely happy that I did.

They described Wee Alphas as

“This imaginative take on the alphabet features 26 Wee Alphas postcards, each created with a “hidden letter” to find.

Based on the award-winning Wee Alphas kids’ app, the postcards feature quirky illustrations of Biki the Buffalo, Ulysses the Unicorn, Yolanda the Yeti, and their furry, feathered, or finned friends. The cards are bound into a fold-out accordion format that can be displayed in its entirety, or they can be detached to separately display or share. Writing prompts on the back of each card will inspire any kid (or their grown-up) to pass along a super-special greeting.

The cover and back – When I opened the package I noticed that it was small, the size of postcards. Which was great because it would make these easy for the little ones to hold. The cover provided examples of the letters along with the animals that the letters were hidden within. The back provided an example of the post card and a quick look at several of the cards for each letter.

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Open it up – When I opened up the box I really liked the inside of the cover and back. They were covered in different letters inside their letter animal. Very cute.

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The Letters – Overall I really enjoyed the letters. They were creative and cute. Each letter was “hidden” within an animal that started with that letter and it was up to the reader to determine where each letter was located. Some were easy and some were a little harder to find. However I believe that some of the letters were hard for the younger kids to find at first but with some determination and looking the kids were able to find the letters.

The Postcards – I have mixed opinions on these. They are cute and would be fun. As a teacher I thought I could use these with my students and let them send the letter that their name starts with to a parent. However some of these seem a little hard for the younger children. As a nanny to younger children I don’t think I would use the postcards but would rather use these to help the students learn their ABC’s.

Overall – I really liked the product and have already used the letters with the kids I watch and my niece. I plan on keeping them and making sure that they make their way into my classroom.

 

I received a set of  cards from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. The fact I received a copy had no play in my review and opinion of the product.

Book Review – The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep

Title: 9780735842687.jpgThe Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep

Series: no

Author: Caroline Nastro

Published: October 1st, 2016

Links: Amazon * Barnes & Noble

Dates Read: August 3rd, 2016

Source: Netgalley

 

 

Goodreads Summary:

There s no place like home when it s time for bed. When Bear can t sleep, he goes on an adventure and discovers the wonders of New York City a parade, Central Park, hot dogs, and more! But when he finally gets tired and looks for a place to rest . . . he learns why it s called the city that never sleeps. What s a bear to do? Caroline Nastro s gentle adventure and Vanya Nastanlieva s engaging illustrations are sure to comfort and delight!”

 

Lindsey’s Review:

I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley and North South Books inc in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s one of those books were I found myself smiling throughout the whole story.

The story is about a small cub who found himself unable to sleep in winter while his family took their winter nap. Therefore the young cub did what all young children do and that was went on an adventure. The young cub traveled to the city and did a little exploring on his own.

Overall the plot was easy to follow and even the youngest listener (at bedtime maybe) will be able to follow along with the story.

The illustrations are beautiful and simple at the same time.

I really liked this book and either when I’m a teacher or a parent I most likely will invest in this book. Children will enjoy it and I believe adults will too. After all I’m an adult…..but a kid at heart.

 MY RATING
5 stars

 

Book Review – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Title: harry book 1aHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Series: Harry Potter

Author:  J.K. Rowing

Published:  June 26th, 1997

Links: Amazon * Barnes & Noble

Dates Read: July 4 to July 6, 2016

My Rating: 5 stars

Source: owned book

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“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Goodreads Summary:

Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.) Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard! The first book in the “Harry Potter” series makes the perfect introduction to the world of Hogwarts.

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“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

My Review:

Another reread and it was still as amazing as the first time I read it.

I hold this series close to my heart. It was there for me at times when my life was not easy and I know that I can always pick up the books and get lost in the wonderful world of Harry Potter and the magic that comes with it.

The plot – what a wonderful and amazing and strong plot. A young boy who has had a horrible childhood is picked up and thrown into a whole new world of battles and magic and spells and potions and moving pictures and so much more.

The descriptions of the land and the school are amazing. Rowling has written the book to allow the readers to have the ability to picture the settings in their head. From the train to Hogwarts school to the different creatures the readers will have a wonderful time picturing them in their head.

I wish I could attend Hogwarts……still waiting for my letter….might be passed the age but still want my letter to Hogwarts!!

The characters – the characters are strong from the start. I love the character development that the characters go through throughout the book.

This is a quick read. It’s addicting and pulls the reader in from the start. From the first line to the last line the readers will enjoy each and every word that the author has written down. The book provides it all. Several twists and turns and moments that are surprising and shocking to the reader.

There is action and mystery and magic and so much more inside the pages of the wonder world of Harry Potter.

MY RATING:
5 stars

Book Review – Ordinary Grace

Title: Ordinary Grace ordinary-grace

Series: None

Author: William Kent Krueger

Published: March 4th, 2014

Links: Amazon * Barnes and Noble

Dates Read:July 2 to 6, 2016

My Rating: 5 stars

Source: Owned book

Challenges:

The dead are never far from us. They’re in our hearts and on our minds and in the end all that separates us from them is a single breath, one final puff of air.”
William Kent Krueger, Ordinary Grace

Goodreads Summary:

From “New York Times “bestselling author William Kent Krueger comes a brilliant new novel about a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961.New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were at the ready at Halderson’s Drug Store soda counter, and “Hot Stuff “comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a summer in which death assumed many forms.

When tragedy unexpectedly comes to call on his family, which includes his Methodist minister father, his passionate, artistic mother, Juilliard-bound older sister, and wise-beyond-his years kid brother, Frank finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal.

On the surface, “Ordinary Grace” is the story of the murder of a beautiful young woman, a beloved daughter and sister. At heart, it’s the story of what that tragedy does to a boy, his family, and ultimately the fabric of the small town in which he lives. Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, it is a moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.

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My Review:

I discovered this book while shopping on Barnes and Noble and saw that it was $1.99 on sale from the original price. After reading the summary I decided to take the chance and get it. After getting the book and starting it I discovered that this was a great book that pulled me in and was not letting go until I finished the book.

The writing is just beautiful. William Kent Krueger has written a book that just pulls the reader in. For the reader the writing is what creates the story. Helps the reader create visuals in their mind that create the story taking place. And combined with the writing the author created characters that the readers will feel for. Maybe not connect with but forsure feel for.

The setting was given a boast because of the writing but because the author was able to write the descriptions of the book settings readers were able to create those setting pictures in their heads as they read the book.

This book has friendship and family found within the pages but it also includes sadness and loss. But together it creates a wonderful book. And I loved that the author included an epilogue at the end of the book. That always allows the reader to have a little something else.

Overall a great book and one I really enjoyed.

MY RATING
5 stars

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