Friday, November 30, 2007

"A Little Peace," by Barbara Kerley, c. 2007

From blurb:
It doesn't take much to spread a little peace. Seeds of peace are all over the world - in a shared smile, a helping hand, a compassionate voice. From a soccer game in Iraq to children holding hands in New Mexico, from dancing monks in Bhutan to old friends laughing in Afghanistan, peace, powerful, infectious, is ready to grow.
Reach out your hand - and your heart. Help spread a little Peace.

for me: smiley faces; colored pictures of kids, families, meditation etc. beautiful book.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

"The Sea Princess," by Katie Chase ... enjoyable read. Good use of pictures, too.

from blurb:
Rosie knows a very special secret. Hidden in her great-aunt's mysterious Scottish castle are lots of little princesses for her to find. And each one will whisk her away to another part of the world on a magical adventure!
Marissa, the Sea Princess, needs Rosie's help to find her crown and the Pearl of Wisdom that will restore order to the underwater kingdom of Aquatica. However, to find it, the girls must swim down to the bottom of the ocean and enter the cave of the Sea Hag ...

my notes -- mermaids -- courage -- treasure hunt -- adventures.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Reading for work - kids's books

A Little Peace, by Barbara Kerley, Nov 30, 2007
Grandpa and Thomas and the green umbrella, by Pamela Allen, Dec 23rd, 2007
Mrs. Claus takes a vacation, by Linas Alsenas, Dec 22nd, 2007
Sea Princesses, by Katie Chase, Nov 28, 2007
The Woman Who Won Things, by Allan Ahlberg, Dec 17th, 2007
Various Faerious, by Jacqui Grantford, Dec 30th, 2007

Friday, November 16, 2007

I'm in the process of reading Into the Wild, ed by Susan Fox Rogers, c.1999. An inspiring read ...

"I've come a long way from that solo hiker who nearly welcomed the cold as an appropriate companion to fill ou the emptiness of my first Appalachian hike without Maude. I had spent many lonesome nights huddled in a sleeping bag on a shelf floor, a water bottle full of hot water held tight to my body. Now I've learned that we must fill our internal wilderness with people, and that sharing something - experiences, thoughts, food, care - with others is a truer, warmer way to live. p68

Today, though, the land is a backward-moving conveyor belt of charred brown tundra. The red sun has broiled the sky white. I fish Diet Cokes and a few Tim Tams - a richer, more chocolately version of the Oreo that's very popular in this car - from the mini-cooler we keep shoved behind the driver's seat. I read aloud from the guidebook, which says that in Aborigine culture, the land is considered a huge, detailed road map of the mind. p9

Next books on my to-be-read list:

Death by Meeting, by Patrick Lencioni, c. 2004 - from shelf at LCL
Friday Night Cocktails by Allison Rushby, c. 2004 - reserved; copy is from LCL
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs, c. 2007 - reserved; copy is from Naenae

Friday, November 09, 2007

I just finished "Goodnight, Mister Tom," by Michelle Magorian. Great read ... highly recommend. I guess that's why they call it a Puffin Modern Classic.

Will swallowed a few mouthfuls of tea and put some fresh coke on the range. As he observed it tumble and fall between the wood and hot coke, it occurred to him that strength was quite different from toughness and that being vulnerable wasn't the same as being weak. p429

"Can we go down the river?"
Will looked surprised. 'Ent you got no more chores?"
She shook her head and grinned. "I climbed out the window. It was the only way. As soon as I finish one job she finds me another one. If she sees me with so much as my fingers on a book she jes gets hoppin' mad."
"I thought she was better now."
"She is, but she stil thinks readin' is being idle."
She squatted down beside him and stared intently into his eyes.
"If I don't need a book soon I think I'll explode."
Will laughed. "Well, don't do it over me plantin'."
"Have you another trowel? ..." p417

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Recently finished
Stormbound Surgeon by Marion Lennox, c. 2003
Falling Stars by V.C. Andrews, c. 2001
Out Of My Depth by Emily Barr, c. 2006
Love Falls by Esther Freud, c. 2007
The Right to Write by Julia Cameron, c. 1988
Four Blondes by Candace Bushnell, c. 2000
The Capture by Kathyrn Lasky, c. 2003
Beach of Dreams by Sergio Bambaren, c. 1996
Footloose by Kate Cann, c. 1999
From the Diary of a Snail by Gunter Grass, c. 1972
Having the Boss's Babies by Barbara Hannay, c. 2005
The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris, c. 2007
Windmills of the Gods by Sidney Sheldon, c. 1987
Crazy As Chocolate by Elisabeth Hyde, c. 2002
Suburban Shaman by Cecil Helman, c. 2007
The Damaris Woman by Grace Green, c. 1994
Wedding Belles by Zoe Barnes, c. 2006
Better Than This by Stuart Harrison, c. 2001
Longshore Drift by Karen Gillece, c. 2006
The Diary of Peter Ginz edited by Chava Pressburger, c. 2004 (part of)
The Lazarus Child by Robert Mawson, c. 1998

Order of the new few books on my TBR list...

Goodnight Mister Tom -- from LCL
A Bride at Birralee -- from BC -- 5578881
Here comes Santa Claus -- from BC -- 5578890
Two in the wild -- from LCL
On angel wings -- from WCL
Just between us -- from BC -- 5336470

Friday, November 02, 2007

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian, c. 1981 -- borrowed from LCL system, this book is from Stokes Valley Library. Recommended by family members - Lisa & Frances. Just finished "Stormbound surgeon," ... bookcrossing book.