Time to Get Started: A Story about Learning to Take Initiative is a book written for parents, teachers, therapists and tutors working with children who have trouble getting started on tasks. Having raised two children with ADHD, and as a pediatric speech language pathologist, this difficulty has been on my personal front burner for years. The precepts of Time to Get Started are clear. Getting things done is hard. And one step at a time is needed.
The story itself reads like fiction, but the child and parent together should be able to discuss the salient points, how everyone has trouble with getting started on tasks, and then how to "fix" that. The story is about a boy who has difficulty with being overwhelmed with tasks and completing them.
There is a an extensive part at the end for parents and educators that would be invaluable. The author discusses the need for structure and breaking tasks down so that the overwhelming nature of getting things accomplished occurs. The use of timers, explaining how behaviors impact them and others when they don't follow through is discussed, as is the need to help the child in prioritizing things that need to get done through out their day.
The illustrations help keep this a child friendly book without being too preachy. Educators might want to purchase this for their classrooms for those times when children need reminded how to approach larger tasks. Counselors who run social groups for ADHD could use this book for a jumping off point for keeping focus.
Recommend this book highly!
Thanks to #NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Silent Night by Lara Hawthorne is a beautifully illustrated picture book for children. The book uses the lyrics to the Christmas carol, Silent Night, which then have lovely illustrations matching the song. I could see that this would be a beautiful book to give as a gift to nieces, nephews and grandchildren for Christmas, so they could begin to understand the Christmas story. The book also contains the history of how the song Silent Night came to be, and includes the lyrics on one page. 5 stars for this book! Perfect book for gift giving! Thanks to #NetGalley as well as the author and publisher for a free e-book copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book, ABC for Me: ABC What Can She Be? is an amazing ABC book for young girls to expose them to the possibilities for their futures. Having raised two girls, I wish I would have had this book for them.
Female empowerment is very important to the development of self of girls. Everywhere we turn we see negative images of how women are mistreated and unequal. This book exposes little girls to ideas and possibilities that may never get communicated to them any other day. It will open the imagination to many exciting things for them. The illustrations are child friendly and positively impact the story. This is a great book for little girls; pick up one for a little girl in your life.
Thanks to #NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for a complimentary e-book in exchange for a honest review. Five stars! I’ll be buying this one for a few preschool classrooms!
The Adults: A Review
The Adults is a light read for a cozy weekend when you co-parent and need to have the “who gets the kids on the holiday “ discussion. While the publisher is touting this as humorous, I, for one, never felt there were situations that deserved “humorous”, or “funny”. The situations all seemed ditzy and not well thought out, but I guess that makes for flawed characters and an interesting story line.
Set in England, it takes place, mostly, in a resort catering to those wishing a getaway in the country. Activities, tacky Santas, and even a burlesque class enters into the vacation. The brochure paints quite the lovely place; it misses.
Not much could be more awkward than the parents’ holiday plan. Claire and Matt are divorced, both in new relationships and co-parent Scarlett. They decide that spending the holiday with their new partners and together under one roof for Christmas would be a good idea. Add an imaginary 6 foot rabbit, who is Scarlett’s best friend to the mix and you do have some well recognized scenarios. Silly with some bittersweet moments, this book may be a welcome break from the holiday stress we all feel.
It is an easily read book, just not one that grabbed me immensely. It is well written and will be a easy read for some. I give it 3.5 stars.
Thanks to #NetGalley, the author, and the book publisher for an advance copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Normal People: Review
A quiet book, well written and hard to put down. I read it in less than a day and the characters will stay with me for a long time.
Connell and Marianne both grow up in different classes in a working class Irish town. Both brilliant students, they connect in an on again and off again relationship during high school through young adulthood. There are themes of loneliness, mental illness, submissiveness, politics and social angst.
I loved it. Quiet, yet bold. Perceptive, and keen.
Five stars Do it.
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St. Augustine, Florida
We love this place. It's just a simple beach in a great state park. Yes, it is as lovely as it looks.
A little golf, anyone?? Sawgrass, the PGA course, which of course is a beautiful place.
Here is Luke, loving the fact that he is at the PGA!
Modern Patchwork Home: Quilts!
As a lapsed quilter, knitter and stitcher, I feel I have a good handle on how to books and which ones are well written and worth purchasing. I have a few coming up for review, so if that is your thing, watch this space.
Modern Patchwork Quilting is a book for an experienced beginner or better quilter. The projects are decidedly modern in feel, which can be difficult patterns to find. The book features 24 projects, about half of which are quilts and half which are other types of projects for the home such as tote bags and table runners. There is even a yoga mat. Not sure that is a wise choice of time, however, it’s there if you want to go all natural yoga mat.
The book claims to be good for beginners, which I feel is misleading. This is not a book for beginner quilter, but for quilters who have some experience with piecing, cutting, knowledge of fabrics, tools, etc. , it could be overwhelming. For those with quilting experience, however, it would likely offer lots of inspiration.
There are some nice patterns, some which are confusing to me, an experienced quilter.
Thanks to #NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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2019 Reading Challenge
Karen has read 94 books toward their goal of 200 books.