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Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin

This book has been at the top of my To Be Read list for a long time (more than a year). I finally got tired of staring at it each time I went to choose a new book.

Subtitle: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

Published: 2011

Genre: nonfiction food and agriculture

Length: 351 pages of text, 361 pages total Continue reading

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If… by David J. Smith

I saw this posted somewhere and thought it would make a good Fun Math book. So, I picked it up from the library. Even though I don’t usually review picture books, I thought this one was interesting enough to be worth a post.

Subtitle: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers

Illustrator: Steve Adams

Published: 2014

Genre: nonfiction math picture book

Length: 40 pages Continue reading

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The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman

The summer reading program a few years ago required trying to get bingo on a card full of different book genres. I wanted a history book and saw this book as I was scanning the shelves. I picked it up because it had been made into a movie and because it was about a pianist (I play the piano, so music books are always a plus).

Subtitle: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945

Published: 1999 in the U.S., 1946 in Poland

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 224 pages

Setting: Warsaw, 1939-1945 Continue reading

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Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

I read her blog and I’ve read her other books. I’ve been meaning to read this book as well, and just haven’t gotten around to it. I made an effort to read this book now as part of my Finishing the Series Challenge, even though it technically isn’t part of a series. It is in spirit, though, so I’m counting it.

Subtitle: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life

Published: 2015

Genre: nonfiction self-help

Length: 263 pages of text, 298 pages total Continue reading

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Bill of Rights

For the month of February, we’re learning about the Bill of Rights. Last year we learned about the Constitution, so we’re sticking with the theme and doing the Bill of Rights. Seems a rather important topic with all the news these days.

Mr. Curiosity is reading Our Constitution by Donald Ritchie. It’s a project of the Annenberg Foundation Trust, whose website we’ve used for videos on the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The book does describe and explain the parts of the Constitution, but it also goes through each of the amendments. For each amendment, the book states the amendment, explains what it means, and then provides some key Supreme Court cases addressing the amendment. It’s definitely meant for an older audience (at least middle school) since it is more in depth and could overwhelm a younger child.

That’s why Miss Adventure is reading The Bill of Rights by Karen Price Hossell. The book starts out by discussing historical documents and how they are preserved. It then goes into the creation of the Bill of Rights and it’s ratification. This book is more appropriate for younger audiences, with one topic for every two-page spread.

Another option for Miss Adventure to read is Constitution Translated for Kids by Cathy Travis. Again, it covers the whole Constitution, including all the amendments, instead of just focusing on the Bill of Rights. Each page is broken into two columns. For each part of the Constitution, the original words are printed in the left column, and an explanation of the words is printed in the right column.

And those are the books we are using to learn about Bill of Rights. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschooler’s Weekly Wrap-up.

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Speaking American by Josh Katz

I happened to see this book while browsing the new book selection at my local library. It’s full of fun maps and I knew Mr. Curiosity would love it as much as I did. In fact, he could barely make it out of the library, he was so busy flipping through it.

Subtitle: How Y’all, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide

Published: 2016

Genre: nonfiction linguistics

Length: 203 pages

Setting: the U.S. Continue reading

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March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Ayden

This is the third and final installment of John Lewis’s story about the Civil Rights movement.

Published: 2016

Genre: memoir graphic novel

Artist: Nate Powell

Length: 256 pages

Setting: Washington, D. C. on January 20, 2009, and various southern locations in the mid-1960s Continue reading

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