I am a big fan of Joss Whedon and his projects. When I read this, Joss had only produced Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. He’s only improved his project record since, most recently Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Subtitle: The Genius Behind Buffy
Length: 162 pages Continue reading
I saw (and loved) the movie and wanted to read the book it was based on. When there was a Kindle sale of the book, I bought it. I read it now to see if it would work for our next American History Club meeting about the space race.
Subtitle: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Genre: nonfiction science biography
Length: 267 pages of text, 368 pages total
Setting: In and around Langley, Virginia, 1940s-1960s Continue reading
I saw this reviewed elsewhere on the web and thought it would be a nice complement to the three March books.
Artist: Nate Powell
Genre: nonfiction graphic novel
Length: 199 pages
Setting: Houston, Texas, 1960s Continue reading
We’re continuing to learn about physics, splitting out time between physics and physicists. Mr. Curiosity finished How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog and found it hilarious, and full of good physics ideas. Now he knows all about about evil squirrels and bunnies made of cheese. I’ve also had the kids learn about physicists, and here’s the books we’ve used.
I found a graphic novel of Richard Feynman called, appropriately enough Feynman by Jim Ottaviani. The book covers Feynman’s whole life, jumping back and forth to different periods of his life. It’s definitely targeted toward an older crowd. For one thing, there’s the physics and tricky mathematical equations mentioned. For the other, the pages are pretty dense with blocks of talking heads and little action showing on the page. Feynman was an interesting physicist who certainly had a way with words, but it’s not like he did exciting-looking activities.
The other book I found is Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World by Rachel Swaby. It covers women who made significant contributions in medicine, biology, genetics, physics, geology, astronomy, math, and as inventors. Within each category, the scientists are presented in chronological order. The author devotes three or four pages to each scientist and her breakthrough research, often discussing how the woman had to fight against discrimination to get her voice heard. Miss Adventure is enjoying reading this one. The books reminds people that women have been involved in science just as much as men, even if our achievements are often ignored or co-opted.
And those are the books we used for physics this week. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.
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I was in the mood for some nonfiction, but didn’t have my TBR list with me at the library. So, I was reduced to browsing the library’s shelves (which can be especially difficult for nonfiction). Luckily, I saw this book and remembered hearing good things about it.
Genre: nonfiction memoir
Length: 283 pages of text, 300 pages total
Setting: the English countryside, present day Continue reading
The Anne of Green Gables series was a favorite of mine when I was a child. In fact, I’ve already introduced them to Miss Adventure as bedtime stories. So, when I found out from a friend there was book about the writing of the series, I was intrigued. I really knew nothing about the author beyond the fact that she wrote the Anne of Green Gables series. I was interested in learning more.
Subtitle: The Story of L. M. Montgomery and Her Literary Classic
Length: 262 pages of text, 312 pages total
Setting: mostly Prince Edward Island, Canada, 1903-1938 Continue reading
Genre: middle grade historical fiction
Length: 321 pages
Setting: England and a voyage around the world, 1818-1839
Interest: It’s a historical fiction book about the early life of Charles Darwin – it appealed to my scientific side. Continue reading