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Destination Moon ~ Book Club

September's Book Club

Oh y’all – August just blew right up and caught me completely unaware. I did not get a post up for that and gave myself permission to skip it. But, I have September’s ready and it is a lovely read on the space race.

Destination Moon: The Remarkable and Improbably Voyage of Apollo 11
by Richard Maurer

Destination Moon recounts the components of the space race from WWII until the end of the Apollo program. This gives a nice, easy-to-read chronology of the events that brought the US to the moon six times. The book brings us to know not only the astronauts that flew on the rockets and landed on the moon, but also those scientists and politicians that made sure the program kept moving forward. The political tensions and social issues are not ignored, as they all played such an important role in the space race.

The way in which the characters involved are introduced is fabulous, bringing them into the picture one-by-one, giving their history. It is easy to see how the role they each played was important.

The book contains 36 chapters and seven briefings, broken down into six parts:

  • War
  • Dreams
  • Spacemen
  • The Plan
  • Crews
  • The Moon

Filled throughout with black and white photographs of the events and people, this is a wonderful resource for learning more about how the United States made it to the moon.

Want to read another review? Check out A Net In Time. This is where I first heard of this recounting of the true story so I decided to pick it up from the library and I am really glad I did. I learned so much reading through this chronology of the events that brought US astronauts to the moon.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

There are additional resources to be found on SchoolhouseTeachers.com related to space – some to experiments and some are lessons on the spacecraft. A lesson on manned spacecraft, one on models and space exploration, one on space probes, and then some others with the space themed activities. Please consider using the link above (affiliate link – if you choose to purchase a membership with them, I will receive a small commission).

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Britfield & the Lost Crown ~ a Crew review

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A recently released adventure story from C. R. Stewart, Britfield & the Lost Crown is a “grab-you-by-the-collar-and-not-let-go” story from the start. Published by Devonfield Publishing, this 383-page softback book is a story that can’t be put down.

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Featuring two orphans as your main characters, Tom and Sarah are just two of the orphans stuck at Weatherly Orphanage. The folks who run the orphanage, Mr. and Mrs. Grievous, have several rough characters who help them keep things under control. The orphans should be clothed and cared for according to the agreement of the Grievous’ with the government but the Grievous’ are greedy, keeping the money for themselves. Being worked from sun up to sun down and punished in unbelievable ways, the orphans do what they can to bring a small ray of sunshine to their world. They steal books from the Grievous’ and sneak extra tidbits of food.

Escaping from the orphanage, Tom and Sarah are on the run, refusing to return. Before he leaves, one of the other orphans snuck into Tom’s file and found a single, strange piece of paper. The one word on the paper just might be what could help Tom find out more about his family. Britfield. What did it mean? Not knowing, Tom and Sarah set off to find out. But they are being chased.

Stumbling across a hot air balloon, they jump in and are able to escape. But they are followed by Detective Gowerstone, who has all the help he could possibly need from Scotland Yard. From one adventure to another, trying to get to London, Tom and Sarah are helped by one fabulous new friend and than another. From paying for fuel for the balloon to calling on friends to help them out, the two strive to get away from the detective and find out the truth about Tom’s family.

What they find is surprising – the name Britfield, the one found in Tom’s file, is the name of a royal family that disappeared. From the fields of Yorkshire to The Midlands, from Oxford to London, the adventures of Tom and Sarah will be a story everyone will enjoy.

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A website that has hundreds of pictures, maps and history will grab the attention of the reader and enhance the adventure. Visit https://www.britfield.com/locations/weatherly/ to start the adventure and find out more about where the story begins. You can read about the history of this section of England and see beautiful pictures of the area. The map helps the reader get an idea about the travels Tom and Sarah go through in their escape. It also helps the reader to understand more about England itself.

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Finding out more about Yorkshire, The Midlands, Oxford, Windsor, Richmond, London, and Canterbury is just another way to really deepen the experience of the story. Hours could be spent on the site.

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Britfield & the Lost Crown study guide

We were given access to an 83-page study guide to go along with the book, creating an 8-week literature study. The study guide gives a synopsis of the book and then dives right into the chapter by chapter section. Each chapter section includes vocabulary and discussion questions. Vocabulary could be a simple fill in the blank or a crossword puzzle. Discussion questions ask the student to consider the events of the story. There is a Going Deeper section that asks the student to put himself in some of the situations, such as asking them if they would volunteer to go get a book or what they would do if they discovered they might be the king/queen? The final section is Learn More With Technology. This section asks the student to use the computer to look up and research topics. It might be locating a street map of London and marking places or it might be visiting a site to read more about the royal family or important places.

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Learning about some of the history of England and thinking about how to put yourself in the situations, builds understanding and empathy. The study guide can take the book up a few notches from a really exciting book to a study that brings depth and interest.

Our Thoughts

We have been enjoying Britfield & the Lost Crown as a family read-aloud during our joint learning time. It is a fun story that we are all getting into. The cliff-hanger chapter endings are lots of fun. When I stop, I get all the expected groans of a really good story that you just want to keep reading and reading. In fact, I read it in one sitting. It is long so do not expect your students to be able to do that but I chose to stay up late and read because it was such a gripping story.

I read it on my own first and felt like there was nothing to be concerned about for my girls. Do be aware that there are plenty of moments of intense danger (escaping situations, the dog, being up in the balloon and not knowing how to use it or land it, etc.) and that the characters are disobeying authority. You may want to preread the book to be sure it is a good fit for your family. But for our family, it is a joy to read.

There is also an ebook version and an Audible audiobook version available. Several on the Homeschool Review Crew were sent the audiobook or the ebook and have written a reviews. Be sure to read through the reviews on the Crew page to find out what they thought. I am considering getting the audiobook version of it for our family to use at other times, as well. It is THAT wonderful of a story.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

Be sure to read more reviews from the Homeschool Review Crew. Some of us received the softback book, some received the ebook, and some received the audiobook. Click on the banner below to read more of the reviews.

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Library and Educational Services ~ a Crew review

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We have had excellent experiences with Library and Educational Services LLC in the past and were more than pleased to have an opportunity to work with them again. The company does a fabulous job of curating their options, making sure that the materials they offer do not contradict the Bible and offer much in the way of education. Whether you are looking for Bibles, DVDs, CDs, or books, this company has options that are 30-70% off of retail.

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We were asked to pick one book from the Who Was . . .? What Was . . .? series. We also got to choose one of the Lifehouse Theater Audio productions and a few options from their library binding hardback series. We had a good time looking through the options and choosing titles that sounded very interesting to us. Our selections were:

  • What Was Hurricane Katrina?
  • Lifehouse Theater’s production of Pride and Prejudice
  • Great Life Stories
  • Ye, Yucky Middle Ages
  • Careers In Forensics
  • True Ocean Rescue Stories

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The Who Was . . .? What Was . . .? title that we chose was What Was Hurricane Katrina? Miss E knew a bit about it but thought that she wanted to know more. She was excited to have the option to choose this book to read. Their wonderful prices make choosing more of these books to read very tempting. After all, each of the stories gives you a load of facts written in an engaging, interesting manner that keeps the reader’s attention. While Miss E is quite a bit older than the target age for this series, they are an easy read that is packed full of information.

20190706_135708The title chosen for the Lifehouse Theater is Pride and Prejudice. This is a physical CD and is a dramatized production of the story based on the 1813 Jane Austen novel. Running approximately 73 minutes, it is fully dramatized with multiple voices for the various characters. It tells the story of the Bennet family with 5 girls. The story tells of the humor and flightiness of the young ladies in the realm of love and romance during a time of serious, intentional social conventions and constrictions. Bringing out prejudice and misunderstandings, this tale stays fairly close to the true story. It is a very solid way to introduce this story to youth and with the many voices involved, it really helps the listener understand the interactions and situations that come up in the story. Lifehouse Theater productions do a great job of introducing many classics.

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We also got to choose a number of books from the collection of Reinforced Hardcover Library Binding Nonfiction titles. These are all hardback, bound books with the solid binding quality that is found in library books. We were able to search through by topic and even by grade level, allowing for easier ways to see options that fit our needs and interests. Each of the girls chose something that sounded interesting.

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Miss E chose the Great Life Stories series, a set of three biographies for older readers. This set included a biography on JRR Tolkien, Marie Curie, and Clara Barton. Each book is well-written and packed with factual information on the person. There are many primary sources cited and the text is supported with photographs. They make a fabulous addition to any study on these people but also are wonderful for just reading for interest.

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Miss E also asked for Ye, Yucky Middle Ages. This is a set of four books about the Middle Ages, which she was studying this summer. The set includes the titles Ye Castle Stinketh: Could You Survive Living in a Castle?; Don’t Let The Barber Pull Your Teeth: Could You Survive Medieval Medicine?; Sweaty Suits of Armor: Could You Survive Being a Knight?; and There’s a Rat in My Soup: Could You Survive Medieval Food? Each book takes on a different aspect of life in the Middle Ages and being bluntly clear about the challenges that folks living in that time faced. It was an extremely different time and there is much there that would make it difficult to stay alive. It was a very interesting time and the series is helpful in understanding much mre about their lives.

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Miss L asked for the series about forensics called Careers In Forensics. The series covers the different parts of learning forensics. After a study a couple of years ago, she has 20190722_202226found this line of science interesting so this series jumped out to her. The titles include: Careers in Ballistics Investigation, Careers in Fingerprint and Trace Analysis, Careers in Explosives and Arson Investigation, Careers in Criminal Profiling, and Careers in DNA Analysis. Each of these covers the application of the particular field of forensics and how it is applied in crime scene investigations. Included are such things as training, certification, types of evidence, and gather that evidence. There are also real-life cases discussed that include how the evidence from this field of forensics was used.

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Miss J has been interested in real life disaster stories and the people that survived them. So we chose True Ocean Rescue Stories for her. It covers several disasters in the ocean and the rescues that happened to save the people. These sinking ships, wrecked ships, and dolphins helping surfers. These stories were not quite as fascinating as we expected but still brought our attention to different stories we didn’t know.

Library and Educational Services LLC has so many options and these few that we received this time around barely touches the surface of what they have to offer. There is much, much more on their website and in their catalog than I can touch on here. I am looking at ordering some of the Light Keepers 10 Girls books, as my oldest really enjoyed these when she was about my youngest’s age. Be sure to visit the Review Crew to read about what other families chose and see some of the other options that Library and Education Services has available.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

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Miss J didn’t want me to know she was reading True Ocean Rescue Stories. She got caught! 🙂

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The Heart Changer (book) ~ a Crew review

 

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Books that get their start from a person or idea in the Bible can be a unique way to Screenshot 2019-07-09 at 7.13.01 PMimagine what things might have been like during that time. The Heart Changer is one such book. Written by Jarm Del Boccio, Author (who is also a SchoolhouseTeachers.com teacher), the story imagines what life would have been like for the people mentioned in II Kings 5. This is what most people know as the story of Naaman and the healing of his leprosy.

It is a good idea to start by reading the Bible story so that you are familiar with the history before beginning this fictional recounting. The author has done a good job of keeping the details of the setting and time as accurate as possible but it is still an imagining of people and places. Historical fiction such as this does a wonderful job of helping the reader understand much more about the time and people, while still keeping the history as accurate as possible. Since the story in II Kings 5 is not highly detailed, it allowed Jarm Del Boccio, Author, to image parts that don’t affect the Biblical integrity of the story.

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The Story:

The story begin with a young girl named Miriam, the name chosen for the servant girl in II Kings 5. Her village is being invaded and she is captured. She is given as a gift to the commander, Naaman, who was wanting a young girl to assist his wife. She is taken to Syria where 20190709_174438she is to serve. She struggles with some of the other servants who resent her presence. She remembers the loving training her mother gave her and treats everyone with kindness, even when they are doing less than that for her.

Eventually, she settles into the home. One day, she overhears that the commander is dealing with leprosy. She tells her mistress that there is a prophet in her home country that could help; the Lord could heal him. They eventually listen to her and travel back to her home town. After a time, Naaman is able to see Elisha and get the prophet’s instruction. He is upset that it is a menial act in a dirty river. He is convinced by his servants that he would do it if it were a much greater thing so why not do this simple thing. Naaman does and is healed. The story ends pretty quickly after that, with a little bit of wrapping up of Miriam’s story.

This is an interesting way to look at the history from the Bible, though it is important to recognize how much of it is imagined. The story is an enjoyable read and is appropriate for upper elementary through struggling high school readers. Addressing issues of loss, hurt, and forgiveness, this is a story that many readers will enjoy.

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Teacher’s Guide:

On The Heart Changer website, you can access a teacher’s guide by clicking on the white box that says “Teacher’s Guide.” The guide has a wonderful interview with the author, providing insight into the appeal of the story and how it came about. There is a section on getting to know Miriam with some information about who she was imagined to be and then asking the reader to consider some questions and ideas about Miriam.

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There is a section on names and their importance, asking the student to consider different names from the story and from the Bible.

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There is also a section on researching time and place. This is a helpful bit if a research paper is going to be written.

Also included are a few questions about the heart, a couple of Syrian recipes, and a page for notes. The guide is simple but effective in helping students dig deeper into the ideas and themes of the story, as well as applying those to their own lives.

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Miss E’s thoughts: (age 15)

I really liked the idea of this story, the setting of Naaman’s leprosy and finding out who The Heart Changer post imagethe servant girl might be. It is a great idea and I was really looking forward to reading this. However, I was a bit disappointed. It was missing a rich character development and there were too many secondary characters that had no significant purpose in the story.

I also wanted to get to the actual Bible story and see how it was portrayed. The Bible story part felt really short. I know that in the Bible it was only a few verses, so there was not tons of material to go off of. Still, I expected that to be featured more prominently.

This was a good fiction book, without enough basis to call it historical fiction. It was a little young for me, but for a younger reader, or a delayed reader it would be excellent. I think that it would also be a good fictional resource for introducing the Bible story of Naaman’s leprosy.

I don’t think that I had ever read a book set directly in a Bible story. I’ve read a few set right before or right after, and they were really good. With only this book to base off of, I don’t know which I prefer, but I don’t think that I will be completely closed to reading another book like this one.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

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American Moonshot ~ Book Club

 

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Well, July 4th finds us on another Book Club post day. I think today would be a great day to share about the book American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race by Douglas Brinkley.

I had a Young Reader’s Edition but it was still pretty detailed and in depth. There is an adult version of the story but I haven’t read it yet. This one did a good job of challenging me and helping me understand history.

This is the story of the intersecting of President Kennedy’s life and the shot for the moon that he challenged the US to. Only it starts way back in WWI and at the start of President Kennedy’s life. Throughout the book, the reader is introduced to people who were influential in either the moonshot or to President Kennedy. And there were a bunch.

As you read through the story, you find the connection between world politics and US life intertwining. We see how the surrender of Germany at the end of WWI and then their defeat at the end of WWII both played powerful roles in America being able to put a man on the moon. The scientists worked hard, no matter which country they were in, to do what they had in their sights, even trying to convince people of the worth of their rockets for both military and non-military uses. Because they knew what could happen but had to convince others of it, too.

I had no idea just how interrelated the space program was with the Cold War. Once again, I can see where my lack of teaching had left me without knowing much about the Cold War and where America truly was as they left the 50s and moved into the 60s. The scientists were so important in all that was going on in politics.

American Moonshot was a really interesting book to read. As the 50th anniversary approaches of the moon landing, this would be a really good book to have a middle school or high schooler read. Really, it would make a good read aloud also. I found it fascinating and am glad I picked it up when I stumbled across it while waiting on the girls in the library one day. It is a very good read.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

 

Lightning Literature & Composition Grade 4 ~ a Crew review

Hewitt Homeschooling Lightning Lit 4

While my youngest girl loves stories and being read to, she doesn’t always have the drive to read for herself in a constructive and discerning manner yet. Hewitt Homeschooling Resources has a series of literature and composition curriculum that I have long been interested in. We were actually a part of their grade 3 beta program a few years ago and used it for several books. I liked the way it flowed and so when we were given the opportunity to work with the Grade 4 Lightning Lit Set, I was glad to do so. It came with the Teacher’s Guide and the Student Workbook, both soft cover books.

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While Miss J is often considered 5th grade for this coming school year, I took a good look at the samples for the level on the Hewitt Homeschooling website. It showed me enough to know that since Miss J is a strong reader but is not always able to answer comprehension questions about the reading easily, this might be a really good fit for her. The books are pretty challenging, in my opinion, for a 4th grader who is not a super strong reader with strong comprehension. Take a look at this list.

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There are a total of 12 books on the list. Not included in this picture from the Student Workbook is Tuck Everlasting and The Borrowers. I also felt that the grammar includes so many skills and covers so many concepts that she has not yet dealt with that this would be a very good challenge for her. With a total of 36 weeks of materials, this is easily a full literature, composition, and grammar curriculum.

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I really like the way the Student Notebook is put together. The pages are perforated and set up by week. I can easily take one week’s worth of work out of the book and staple it together. Miss J then only has to deal with those pages and not the whole 400+ pages of the workbook.

Miss J started at the beginning of the workbook and has worked through several of the weeks. She is currently working on the book The One and Only Ivan. She has completed The Earth Dragon Awakes and Morning Girl. Each week is set up with four days. The fifth day is left as an optional day where additional work could be completed on the composition project or maybe completing an optional workbook page. Each week from the Student Workbook has a cover page that indicated the week and the pages of the book that will be read during that time.

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The second page of the week has a checklist that shows what will be done during the week. It includes the readings, broken up into four parts. There is also the grammar pages to be completed on each of the four days and what they are, such a common and proper nouns. The composition is also included here and broken up into four parts, as well as any extra activities that can be completed if assigned. I did assign the extra worksheet pages, as I felt they were really helpful and Miss J completed them on day 4 of the week.

 

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The readings did a great job of putting the story into smaller chunks for each day. There were daily comprehension questions to go along with the reading. These always asked the student to think deeper than the surface understanding of the story. For example, in The Earth Dragon Awakes, there were questions regarding the understanding one of the characters has of another. In Morning Girl, the student was asked to recognize the emotions of the character and to use examples from the text to support the answer.

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The grammar portion of the work builds slowly upon the work that comes before it. This level started with nouns on the first day. Then it added the recognition of common nouns and proper nouns. The week ended with abstract nouns. Week two dealt with verbs, including linking verbs and helping verbs. Week three added types of sentences and week four added adjectives.

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Each week, there was also diagramming sentences, beginning in week 3. This is something I have never done formally and so it was a learning experience for both Miss J and myself. The diagramming is handled very well, adding very small chunks each week. It is not overwhelming and the Teacher’s Guide is really helpful for me here.20190613_135255

Speaking of the Teacher’s Guide, let’s take a look at what it offers. It does include the expected – answers for the workbook pages the student completes each day. But there is quite a bit more to it. It is quite a bit more compact that the Student Workbook as it contains only around 250 pages. It begins with the table of contents listing each of the books for the weeks. The information is also listed by week, after the initial “How to Use This Teacher’s Guide” section.

Don’t skip the “How to Use” section. It includes a lot of information about why the curriculum is organized the way it is and why the choices were made to include things. There is information that will help with understanding the best ways to guide your student and suggestions for modifying where needed.

Each of the week’s lessons have additional information for the teacher that will help you be prepared to address concerns with your student or to guide them in discussions. Each section of the student’s workbook pages have a section in the Teacher’s Guide, giving answers or suggestions.

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I do wish that the Teacher’s Guide has a listing of all of the aspects of grammar and composition that are specifically addressed. This information would be really helpful if you are coming to this from a different curriculum or need to go to a different one for next year. (Grade 5 is in progress for Lighting Lit. See their website for the listing of books and outline of what is coming in Grade 5.)

The grammar and composition pretty well go hand-in-hand throughout the study. What is being worked on in grammar is often part of what they are being assigned to include in the composition. The concepts covered include:

  • nouns
  • verbs – from basic verbs to linking and helping verbs to the different tenses of verbs
  • adjectives
  • pronouns
  • conjunctions
  • articles
  • homophones
  • poetry – terms, types, rhyme, stress
  • punctuation – commas, quotations marks, ellipses, etc.
  • capitalization – sentences, in poetry, in letters, names and titles, etc.
  • figures of speech – onomatopoeia, simile, metaphor, personification
  • writing techniques – alliteration, assonance

Through the lessons, the grammar portion circles back to review concepts and ideas that had been previously taught and to take the student a little bit deeper. This is done through intentional reviews or by including the more complex form of the concept, such as specific types of clauses or different tenses of the verbs.

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Yes – this is my handwriting instead of Miss J’s. It was a hard day but she walked me through what to do and I did the writing for her. She learned the diagramming information, regardless of who did the writing.

And almost always, this is tied into the skill of diagramming a sentence. Teach the idea; practice the idea; diagram a sentence with that included. This is the process and I feel like it is a strong model for continued growth and learning.

We chose this for Miss J and I feel like the material covered, and the way in which it is covered, will more than challenge her this coming year as we continue on with this program. Hewitt Homeschooling Resources seems to have an advanced program so definitely take a look at the samples when you are getting ready to order materials.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

Click on the banner below to read the reviews of others who were reviewing materials from Hewitt Homeschooling Resources. These materials included:

Grade 1 Lightning Lit Set
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My First Report: Solar System, Grades 1-4
Chronicles of __ State History Notebook, Grades 3-8
Joy of Discovery w Learning Objectives Adult/Teacher
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American Early-Mid 19th Century Gr 9-10
American Mid-Late 19th Century Gr 9-12
Speech  Gr 9-12.
British Early-Mid 19th Century Gr 10-12
British Mid-Late 19th Century Gr 10-12
British Medieval Gr 10-12
Shakespeare Comedies Gr 11-12
Shakespeare Tragedies Gr 11-12
British Christian Gr 11-12
American Christian Gr 11-12  

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Books by Ruth Reichl – Book Club

Ruth Reichl Book Club

Today, I am going to share with you two books by an author you might know – Ruth Reichl. Ruth Reichl is know for being a restaurant critic for Los Angeles Times and the New York Times papers, as well as the food editor at Los Angeles Times. She also served as the editor of Gourmet magazine for quite some time. In addition, she has written several memoirs. I want to share two of those with you today.

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Tender At The Bone

Tender At The Bone is Mrs. Reichl’s memoirs of her youth. It tells her story of growing up, the challenges that she faced with her mother’s mental illness issues (which they didn’t realize as such until much later) and her father’s struggles to deal with the ups and downs of their life. As an only child, Ruth had a lot of expectations on her shoulders.

There are many humorous accounts that she shares about her mother’s cooking. Her mother was brave about cooking, in a very scary way – she liked to save money and more than once, Ruth shares about her mom buying leftovers from places several days ahead of a party and saving them to serve. Ruth tells about how she tried to save people’s live -she felt that very honestly – by warning them about her mother’s food.

At the same time, she had a very developed understanding of food and how flavors went together. She enjoyed learning how to cook and what things other folks cooked. She just understood food. And this book shows us a peek inside how that affected her life.

There are some scenes and a bit of language. They are easy to move on past and the stories are fun to read. I really enjoyed the stories she shared and I hope to tackle a few of the recipes sometime.

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Garlic And Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

This is the story of Ruth’s work at the New York Times as a restaurant critic. You are in for quite the humorous tales here. You see, as Ruth was on the airplane heading to New York and her new job, she finds out that there is basically a bounty on her head – many restaurants are offering their employees bonuses for recognizing Ruth when she visits their restaurants so they can make sure she gets good food and service. Well, this just sets Ruth on an adventure of creating alternate personas and figuring out how to visit restaurants in disguise so she can see how they really are.

We get to meet several of her “people” from her disguises and go along on the adventures when she visits the restaurants. It is fun to read about what she remembers (she took good notes on every adventures and visit) and how the true service and food was. I loved reading about her disguise as a much older lady who did not get treated well or get good food. The friend that she took with her brought her own friend and the three of them went to the restaurant. There, the disguised Ruth was not treated well and the friend-of-the-friend could not stand it. It is quite a funny story to read.

I also loved reading about the wig person she got involved in helping her. They worked together with a friend who had worked in make-up to create her disguises and the attitudes with which she created her characters. It is a lot of fun.

I really enjoyed reading some of her actual reviews, also, which are included in the book. Her little boy sounds like he had a lot of fun with his mom’s adventures, too.

More Options

If you do a search for Ruth’s name, you’ll find additional memoirs and books that she has written. One of those is a fictionalized account of her time at Gourmet magazine. It was also a really fun read and it is called Delicious!

I’d enjoy hearing about any books you would recommend. Just leave me a note in the comments.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

 

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