Sunday, November 30, 2014

Doggie Delicious: a story of discovering new skills

Doggie Delicious by Mary Jo Wisneki Johnston is an imaginative book about a dog on a ranch who grows wings and learns to fly. The story begins as the narrator is approached by a stranger telling her that her new dog is waiting for her over there. She and her husband had no intentions to get a new dog but were curious about the stranger’s message. They soon fall in love with a puppy and go through the adoption process. They name their new dog Bialy Habibti, which is Polish and Arabic for White Honey, and call her Bibi for short. Soon, strange things begin to happen on the ranch and Bibi is growing wings. With her new abilities, she begins to help around the ranch in ways that no one else can and she inspires the other animals to display their unique talents.

Doggie Delicious was a cute story which kids will have fun imagining a dog who can fly. There are a few minor annoyances I found. For instance, the narrator kept explaining what the abbreviations were that she used. Explain once and that’s it. The repetitive explanations are unnecessary. I like the message of the story to keep the faith, determination and courage to fulfill your dreams. The “possibilities are endless with belief and persistence.”

Doggie Delicious is available on Amazon

In hardcover for $24.95 and in paperback for $18.95

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!!!

Today is Thanksgiving. In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Thanksgiving has its origins in English traditions from the Protestant Reformation with aspects of a harvest festival as well as the English Reformation and King Henry VIII. Thanksgiving is a day of food, family and football! Yes, football is a big part of the Thanksgiving holiday as college football games were played on this holiday since 1876 when Yale and Princeton began the tradition of playing each other. The Detroit Lions have played on Thanksgiving since 1936 and the Dallas Cowboys have played on this holiday since 1966. A third game was added in primetime in 2006.

Many cultures around the world have a form of a thanksgiving feast. Celebrations to mark a good harvest, a wedding or a birth of a child. The Wampanoag tribe helped the Puritans and Pilgrims as they arrived in America. The first Thanksgiving was held after a good harvest and a year of health and prosperity. Over the years, the two traditions of a solemn European Puritan thanksgiving would be combined with the Wampanoag celebrations to become a celebration of joyous gratitude. The traditions of Thanksgiving continued as George Washington declared the first Thanksgiving as a national holiday and it was declared every year. Thomas Jefferson would be the only president to refuse to declare a day of thanksgiving, calling it “the most ridiculous idea ever conceived.” Thanksgiving as we know it today was fixed to the fourth Thursday in November on December 26, 1941 by President Roosevelt, changing President Lincoln’s 1863 proclamation of the final Thursday in November as a day of thanksgiving.

Today, many people see it as a feast before heading out to go Christmas shopping on Black Friday. They plan their dinner around the best times to head out and stand in line. I refused to shop on Black Friday because it takes away from Thanksgiving. Many of my childhood memories of Thanksgiving were playing flag football at the park, playing on my grandparents’ swing set or gathered around the TV watching the football game. It wasn’t bundling up to wait outside a retail show to save a few hundred dollars. I want my children to have the same memories I did. I want them to look back at the fun times we have on Thanksgiving and not the craziness and insanity of people who will knock you to the ground because you are standing in their way of something they want.

Thanksgiving to me is about time with family and friends and to be thankful for the blessings that have been bestowed on us. This year, I am thankful for:

  • The grace, strength and endurance that God has granted me this year. This year has been a tough one for my family and I am grateful for every little blessing. 
  • My wonderful husband and daughter who keep me going through dark times. I am thankful that my husband works as hard as he does so I am able to stay home with our daughter. It may not last forever but I am grateful for the time I have. 
  • The improving health of my friend. I’m grateful that dreams so long denied are finally coming true. Every day I pray for improvement.
  • For family and friends who give and support my family in times of crisis and stress regardless of their own needs and struggles. I hope that one day I can truly repay their kindness. 

Thanksgiving has different meanings to different people. Whatever it may be mean to you, please take this time to think about the little blessings in your life that you may take for granted during year. Be thankful for the job you may hate because it helps put food on the table and a roof over your head. Be thankful for the clunker of a car that still gets you from point A to point B despite its problems. Be thankful every day.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Two new titles for the wonderful "If you were me and lived in..." series

Two more great books from the If you were me and lived in… series. First, we visit Peru where the readers learn about this South America country and its culture, weather, and topography. We learn that Peru has many different climates from dry plains to the wet Amazon Rain Forest. The Andes Mountains runs through Peru and is the home of the famous city of Machu Picchu. Ceviche, a popular Peruvian dish, is discussed as well as other not so famous dishes. 

Second, we visit Greece, the “crossroads of Europe, western Asia, and Africa.” The readers learn about Athens, the largest city in Greece and the “cradle of western civilization” and the birthplace of democracy. Greek food is mentioned giving few examples of delicious Greek food like the loukoumades, doughnuts with honey and cinnamon. Of course, you can’t read about Greece and not learn about the Olympic Games and its origins. As well as the Feast of St. Basil at the New Year where a coin is hidden inside a cake and whoever finds the coin is said to have good luck in the new year.

I highly recommend this books for any classroom or family library. All titles in this series are available in Amazon on the Kindle for $0.99 and in paperback for $8.68

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Forgotten Knight: a new twist on a knight in shining armor

The Forgotten Knight by Emilie DeRitter is an adventure about a knight named Sir Christopher of Calidore who has been cursed to travel from kingdom to kingdom, doing good deeds until the end of his days. His traveling companions are a sorceress named Aurora of Beldain and his faithful horse, Jonathan.

The story opens with a cry for help. Sir Christopher and his companions follow the sound to find Princess Gwenyth trapped in a mirror. They defeat the evil wizard, Varuk, and rescue the princess. They agree to take the princess home. On the journey to Gwenyth’s home, they save a family from a burning barn, they rescue a band of centaurs from a Cyclops, and they save a kingdom from an ogre. Duke William of Romalia is grateful for the heroes’ efforts and offers them a place to stay. While they are there, Princess Gwenyth falls in love with the duke. Sir Christopher leaves her there as he continues on his task. Along the way, he meets new dangers, new friends, and battles an old enemy. Will Sir Christopher ever be able to break the curse and live happily ever after?

I enjoyed this book as a great adventure with fast paced battles of mystical beasts and knights in shining armor. I enjoyed the interaction between the characters and I loved the ending which I can’t reveal but it’s very sweet and touching. I recommend this book for young readers who are looking for a great adventure story with knights, magic and battles.

The Forgotten Knight by Emilie De Ritter
Is available at for the Kindle $6.99

and on paperback $10.95

Friday, November 21, 2014

Last but not least: Doctor Who!!!!

The final show on my favorite show list is Doctor Who. Doctor Who originally aired from 1963 -1989 with the current, reboot show premiered in 2005. There have been many faces of the Doctor with Peter Capadli portraying the Twelfth Doctor. The show is about the adventures of the Doctor, a Time Lord from Gallifrey, who travels the universe with various companions in the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimensions in Space). The TARDIS is a time-traveling space ship which appears as a blue British police box. On these adventures, The Doctor faces a variety of foes to save civilizations, help people and right wrongs. Doctor Who continues to be a significant part of British pop culture with a large following in America and becoming more popular around the world since the reboot premiered.

My favorite Doctor is the Tenth Doctor played by David Tennant. The Tenth Doctor is when I was first introduced to the new series and I loved it. The Tenth Doctor was funny and sarcastic. He can be a goofball and often times he acted like one in order to distract the enemy from his plan. One of my favorite of his repeated lines is “Allons-y!” which is French for “let’s go.” A few of my favorite lines of the Tenth Doctor. One is from the episode “Blink,” when he is trying to explain how time travel works, he says “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a nonlinear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly, wobbly…timey wimey…stuff.” He realizes that his explanation isn’t helping and he really doesn’t know how to explain it.

There are have been many companions of the Doctor. Some of the fan favorites are Sarah Jane Smith (played by the late Elisabeth Sladen), Amy Pond (played by Karen Gillan) and Rose Tyler (played by Billie Piper). While I enjoyed all these companions, my favorite is the current companion Clara Oswald (played by Jenna Coleman). Clara was first introduced in season 7 with the Eleventh Doctor (played by Matt Smith). She was known as the Impossible Girl because she kept showing up in different time periods and planets, following the Doctor. She is the first companion to break away from the famous line “It’s bigger on the inside” with “It’s smaller on the outside” which throws the Doctor off. I like her spunkiness as well as being able to keep up with the Doctor without the doe-eyed crush look that a few previous companions have had. I like her ability to stand up to the Doctor and questions why he does what he does but she also encourages and pushes him to continue to save worlds.

Doctor Who has many foes throughout his adventures. The Daleks are the oldest villain in the Doctor Who series. They appear as tank-like mechanical armor with the creature inside resembling an octopus with large brains. With metallic voices, their goals is to exterminate all non-Dalek beings. The Master is the archenemy of the Doctor. He is a renegade Time Lord who desires to rule the universe. The Doctor Who-The Master relationships has been compared to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Moriarty. My favorite villain is the Weeping Angels. The Weeping Angels were introduced in 2007 in the episode “Blink” with the Tenth Doctor. No one knows really knows where they came from but they are the deadliest, most powerful and malevolent life-form. They don’t kill their pray. They send a person into the past to a point past their birth and victims are forced to live out their lives in the past. It’s terrifying to think about living in a time and place where you are out of your element.

I highly recommend Doctor Who for those who love adventures, comedy and drama all rolled into one. Past episodes are available on Netflix and current episodes air on BBC America. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

One Chance, One Moment: a story of romance, drama and mystery

One Chance, One Moment by Judith Kohner is book one in The Mandy   is the story of Amanda Fields, a nurse who is hired to rehabilitate Garry Danzlo, a famous musician after he was in a horrific accident.

The story opens on the day of Garry’s father’s funeral. Garry is conflicted by his father because Jonathan Danzlo left his family when Garry was a child and before his sister, Melissa was born. Unable to deal with his guilt and sorrow, Garry takes off and gets into a terrible accident. After four months, Garry is still bedridden and has fired the latest nurse hired for his care. He is depressed that his career is over and his guilt about his father’s death. Amanda Fields is recovering from her husband’s murder as well as being accused of the crime. She is approached by Garry’s sister to help Garry and Amanda takes the job for a change of scenery and she needs the money to get her life back on track. Soon the attraction between the two becomes apparent but standing in their way is Garry’s selfish and conniving girlfriend, Daphne and Eddie, Amanda’s friend who is a little more sinister than Amanda seems to realize.

I loved the flirty development of the romance between Garry and Amanda. I love the teasing attraction that left the reader eagerly waiting for more, hoping for the moment when Garry and Amanda will finally admit their attraction and make that more toward a romantic relationship. I enjoyed all the characters who had a part to play in the development of the story. Daphne is a great character to hate and despise. You will cheer when she finally gets put in her place. This book has drama, romance, and mystery. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to finish the series.

One Chance, One Moment by Judith Kohner is available

On Amazon on the Kindle for $3.95 and in paperback for $14.95

Sunday, November 16, 2014

No list is complete without Friends!

A list of my favorite shows would not be complete without Friends. Friends premiered on NBC on September 22, 1994 and the rest is history. When the show ended its run on May 6, 2004 it was still very popular. Even now 10 years after the show ended, its popularity has never waned. It would be hard to find someone who has never heard of the six friends. Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe are forever apart of our lives. My sister and I will quote a line to each other and before we know it we quoting entire episode line by line. I swear it happens. Don’t believe me, ask my family.

Each character is important to the show and take even one out, the show would be off. My favorite characters are Chandler, Joey and Phoebe. I love Chandler’s social anxiety when it comes to women. He’s sweet and sarcastic. Joey is a little boy in a man’s body. He’s funny and so innocent in so many ways but he also has some great wisdom that showed him in a new light. Of course, his most famous line “How you doin’?” Phoebe is very eccentric with odd views of the world and I like how it interacts and often conflicts with Ross’s strictly scientific view.

It’s hard to choose my favorite episodes, so I picked my three of my all-time favorites. First, The One With the Embryos (January 15, 1998) where Phoebe is impregnated as a surrogate for her brother and her sister-in-law. The best moments are from Joey, Chandler, Rachel and Monica as they play a harmless game of who knows who better until the stakes are raised. Second, The One with the Football (November 21, 1996). It’s Thanksgiving when everyone decides to play football which brings out the intense sibling competition between Ross and Monica. One of my favorite lines in the show is when Monica is celebrating that her team is winning, “42-21 like the turkey, Ross is done.” Whenever I watch football games and the score is 42-21, I will quote this line. Lastly, The One Where No One is Ready (September 26, 1996) where Ross is desperately tries to get the rest of the gang ready for an event at the museum. This episode has many hilarious lines that I quote all lines but one of my favorites is Joey’s. After Chandler hides his underwear and Ross suggests that Joey not wear underwear, he responds with “It’s a rented tux. Okay? I’m not gonna go commando in another man’s fatigues.” These episodes still cracked me up after so many years.

So what your favorite Friends characters, episodes or line? After 20 years, what about the show still has an impact on you? 

Friday, November 14, 2014

The After House: three mysteries all rolled into one exciting book!

The After House by Michael Phillip Cash is his new ghost story. An after house is in the deckhouse nearest the stern of a ship, a place when the men go to stay of the elements and was said to the safest place on the ship. An old house on Long Island holds many secrets as it could a safe haven or a tomb.

The story begins with Captain Eli Gaspar, sailing off the coast of Puerto Rico, 1840, is hunting whales. He’s been at sea for 13 months and he thinks about all he has missed. When a whale they are hunting rams the ship, destroying it. Captain Eli is left adrift. Flash forward to 2014, Cold Springs Harbor, Long Island where Remy Gallway and her daughter, Olivia are settling in to their new house. Olivia feels as if someone is watching them as strange things happen around the house. Rooms left in disarray, the electric goes on and on and a strange orb is seen around the house. The audience learns that Captain Eli is in the house and is trying to get Remy and Olivia to leave. He soon realizes that they don’t scare easily until someone tries to kill Remy on multiple occasions and Eli feels very protective. He tries to warn Remy of the coming danger.

I enjoyed this story as it has a great mystery about what happened to Eli after his ship was destroyed, what happened to Eli’s wife and children and who is trying to kill Remy. The resolutions of all three mysteries were excited and something I did not expect. This book was a fast read as it held my attention and had me eagerly awaiting the next piece of the puzzle. This is not a ghost story that is out to scare or frighten its audience. It is simply a mystery which involves a ghost who is searching for his family as well as protecting the one in his house. I highly recommend it.

The After House by Michael Phillip Cash is available

on Amazon on the Kindle for $0.99

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NCIS: one of my favorite shows

I’m going to do a three part series on my favorite shows. First up, the wonderful CBS show, NCIS, a show which is now in its 12th season. It is a show about a Major Case Response Team of highly trained special agents of Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). They investigate crimes involving the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps.

The team leader is Leroy Jethro Gibbs (played my Mark Harmon), a former Marine sniper, tough investigator and even tougher interrogator. He relies on his gut instinct as well as evidence. He teaches his team his rules for the job and for life. Gibbs is very protective of his team and in many instances, a strong father figure for them. Second in command and senior field agent Anthony DiNozzo, (played by Michael Weatherly), is a movie-quoting former Baltimore Homicide Detective. At the show’s beginning he was a womanizer and chased anything in a skirt but he has evolved away it since recent season due to his friendship and possible love interest with Ziva David (played by Cote de Pablo). Forensic scientist and Goth loving, Abby Sciuto, (played by Pauley Perrette), is the brilliant scientist who can find even the tiniest piece of evidence. Timothy McGee (played by Sean Murray) is the computer-savvy special agent who can hack his way into any computer to get the evidence needed. Finally, Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard (played by David McCallum), is the medical examiner who has odd stories and tidbits of history which may seem out of place but often fit in with the nature of the case. In recent seasons, Ducky becomes a brilliant psychological profiler.

What I love about this show are: 1) the camaraderie among the characters. Gibbs may be rough with his team but deep down his feels like a father protecting his children. He even tells Ziva, when she asks him if he is lonely, “You’re never alone when you have kids” before kissing her forehead and walking away. That one line sums up the relationships among the team members. They are co-workers but they are also a family. DiNozzo  may mock and ribbed McGee must like an older brother would do, when push comes to shove he would fight to hell and back for McGee. 2) the great mixture of drama with humor. Many of the episodes of NCIS  has some great tearjerker scenes as well as some laugh out loud humor, particularly with Tony. And 3) I like Gibbs’ rules. In Season 10, it was revealed that they are 51 rules as the audience sees Gibbs write #51. Many of the rules make sense and can be applied in daily life. One of my favorites is Rule #11 “When the job is done, walk away.” It’s a good rule to live by and basically means leave work at work.

There have been a few changes to the show particularly characters who are gone whom I do not miss. First, Kate Todd, (played by Sasha Alexander), an agent who was featured in the first two seasons and killed off at the end of Season 2. She was annoying and constantly criticizing and shocked at DiNozzo’s womanizing ways. This character trait confused me because she came to NCIS from the Secret Service which she admits most of her fellow agents were men. So all her time in the Secret Service, she never, ever came across a man or men like Tony? That’s hard to believe. I never felt that Kate melded with the team like Ziva did. Second, Jenny Shepard (played by Lauren Holly) from Season 3 to Season 5. I did not like her attitude of “Oh I’m a woman but the boss now, deal with it” with Gibbs. I didn’t like the constantly alluding to Gibbs and Jenny’s affair when they were partners in the field. I think I tolerated her in the show because she did have some great moments in the show but I think her storyline with La Grenouille dragged on too long.

Even though I love the character, Ziva, I feel her departure from the show was needed because I knew the next step would be to develop the romantic relationship between Tony and Ziva and when that happens it almost always ruins the show. While I miss her interactions with the team, her leaving was the right thing to do. The new addition of Ellie Bishop has me on the fence about her character. I like her but I’m not quite sure how she will fit in with the team. Only time will tell, I guess. I love this show and look forward to watching it every week. I do not watch NCIS: LA or the new spinoff, NCIS: New Orleans because nothing will be as good as Gibbs and his team. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Honor those who have served on Veterans Day

November 11th is Veterans Day, a day when we honor and remember those who fought for our freedoms. The purpose of Veterans Day is to honor America’s veterans for their service, patriotism and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good of the American people. A fun fact that I discover is the Marine Corps birthday is celebrated on November 10 (1775) and since the birthday and Veterans Day are a day after one another, the Marine Corps customarily observes both occasions with a 96 hour liberty period.

Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day to honor World War I veterans. November 11th was chosen to remember the temporary cease fire between the Allied Nations and Germany on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. November 11, 1918 has been called the end of World War I with the Treaty of Versailles officially ending the war on June 28, 1919. On the one year anniversary of the armistice, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. Congress would make November 11th a legal holiday on May 13, 1938. By 1954, after World War II required the greatest mobilization of U.S. armed forces and after Americans fought in Korea, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 changing it from Armistice Day to Veterans Day, in honor of veterans of all American wars. October 8, 1954, President Eisenhower proclaimed the first Veterans Day.

There are many veterans in my life who served this country with honor. I wish I could name you all, I want to focus on two veterans who means the world to me and to my husband. First, my grandfather Ken Bedard. He was born Charles Kenneth Bedard on March 11, 1922 in Boston, Massachusetts. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he, along with many young men of his generation, answered the call to serve. He joined the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the U.S.S. Kitkun Bay (CVE 71). He served proudly until the end of the war when he left the Navy, met and married my grandma Ruby and begin their lives together in Southern California. Although he never openly talked about his experience in the war, I knew that he held this country in high esteem and did not tolerate any disrespect to the American flag or America’s service men and women.

Another veteran who is very important in my family is my late father-in-law, Joe Y. Lara. Joe was born November 5, 1930 in Los Angeles, California. He joined the U.S. Army after his father’s death in 1946 in order to help support his siblings and would lie about his age in order to enlist. He would be sent to Korea and would be a member of the airborne division. He would serve ten years in the Army before returning home to Los Angeles. He would teach his son the love of this country as well as respecting and honoring her veterans. No matter where we are, if my husband sees a military uniform or something that identifies the individual as a vet, he will take a moment to thank them for their service. This habit I know he will teach our children.

In conclusion, our veterans are very important to us. They volunteer to go to war around the world. They are away from family and friends, often missing life moments that we take for granted all that we can enjoy our life with the freedom that we have. Some veterans come back wounded. Many wounds we can see and many wounds we cannot. On this Veterans Day and every day, if you see a veteran, make an effort to say thanks because regardless of your opinions on war, they sacrificed a lot to ensure your freedoms.

To all the veterans, we thank you for your service and sacrifice. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Another book for the Did-Not-Finish-List

The dreaded Did-Not-Finish list. Every reader has one. It is the books that were so complicated or convoluted that it makes it impossible to finish and enjoy the story. There are only a few on my list of books I could not finish, most recently I and You by Beverly Garside. When I accepted the request to review this book, I was excited about the story. It was described as a world in which the principles of Ayn Rand of objectivism are applied in the United States in 2098. The pronoun “we” had been replaced with the ideologically correct “I and You.”

When the book arrived, I was disappointed. First, it was huge. It is 8x10 sized with 205 pages. It is the size of some of my college textbooks, which makes it hard to read laid back and relaxed. Second, I didn’t realize it was a graphic novel. Although I do read comic books and graphic novels from time to time, they aren’t my primary reading material. But I tried to give it a go. I read for quite a number of pages and I realized that I was following the story and I really didn’t care about the characters or the events that were taking place.

This book maybe be great and filled with many great insights about society and the society we may become one day. It may appeal to fans of Ayn Rand and her philosophies. I’ve only read one of her books and it was a good book but difficult to get through. If you are a fan of Ayn Rand and her novels and you enjoy graphic novels, this is the book for you. Unfortunately, I could not finish it. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Will-o-the-wisp: ancient stories and modern explanations

During my research for my Halloween, I came across a phenomena called the “will-o-the-wisp.” Anyone familiar with the Disney/Pixar film, Brave, will recognize the term. In the movie the wisps are the benevolent spirits of the dead who aid the living by leading them to their destinies. However, in the cultural mythologies from around the world, these lights aren’t always so helpful. They are the atmospheric ghost lights seen by travelers at night. It resembles a flickering light and said to recede if approached, drawing the travelers from the safe path. The term wisp comes from the bundle of sticks or paper that is sometimes used as a torch.

In some areas of Europe, wisps are the mischievous spirits of the dead or supernatural beings, like fairies. In Sweden, the wisp represents the soul of an unbaptized person, in the hopes of being baptized, leads travelers to water. Many cultures, like the Finns, Danes, and Irish to name a few, believe the will of the wisp marks the location of treasure deep in the ground or in water. In Asia, the wisps are known as Aleyas, which occur over marshes and believe to confuse fisherman, make them lose their bearings and may even lead them to drown. In the United States, the wisps are often called ghost lights or orbs.

There have been scientific explanations to these strange lights. In 1776, Alessandro Volta thought the lights were caused by methane gas. The theory was largely dismissed until Major Louis Blesson, in 1832, was able to determine that these lights were an ignited gas. He observed the light and after several attempts, he was able to capture some of the lights. The modern scientists generally accepts that these lights are the oxidation of phosphine, diphosphine, and methane. These gases are produced by organic decay and can cause photon emissions thus giving off light.

The will-o-the-wisps have long been seen in literature.  In John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Satan is compared to the “will-o-the-wisp” in tempting Eve with the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner describes “the death-fires” that danced at night. J.R.R. Tolkien used the wisp as inspiration for the lights in the Dead Marshes outside of Mordor, where Smeagol warns Frodo and Sam not to follow the lights. And most recently, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series used hinkypunk, the southwestern English name of the wisp, as the creature who tries to trick the characters to their doom.

It was fun researching the different stories from around the world as they tried to describe what these strange lights could be. I wish I could write about all the cultures that have stories about these strange lights but it was enough information to fill a book! It is interesting to see how the different cultures describe these lights and how the stories appear in literature and even in modern movies. I particularly like Brave’s depiction of them, the benevolent spirits leading people to events that would change their lives. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A great new story about the importance lesson about stealing

Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis by Carole P. Roman is another great book in this series. The theme of this story is stealing and how wrong it is to take something without permission.

The captain and his crew have approached an ice mountain and the captain wants to take it home. The crew is upset that he wants to take something without permission. The crew refuses to help. Then the aurora borealis fills the sky and the captain decides he wants that instead. The crew decides to recreate the aurora borealis so that the captain have to take the one from the sky.

I enjoyed this book for its use of imagination to teach about the aurora borealis as well as the theme of stealing is wrong. Children will enjoy the characters and the beautiful illustrations. I highly recommend this book for any family and classroom library.

Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis
is available on Amazon on 
the Kindle for $1.99 and in paperback for $9.99