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Forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales

Forty-Four Turkish Fairy Tales (1913)

June 6, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

ANNIVERSARY: Rachel Carson

Happy 110th Birthday Rachel Carson!

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May 27, 2017 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

The Book That Changed the World

Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World
by Laurie Lawlor

Illustrated by Laura Beingessner

Once you are aware of the wonder and beauty of earth, you will want to learn about it.

Rachel Carson found many adventurous ways to study nature and engaged in many dangerous investigations but her riskiest of her endeavors was to write and publish Silent Spring, a book pointing out the dangerous effects of chemicals on our living world.
The fiftieth anniversary of Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring, is feted with Lawlor’s biography of the pioneering environmentalist. She hoped to wake people up to the harmful impact we humans were having on our planet.

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May 27, 2017 at 5:25 am Leave a comment

The Moor’s Last Stand


The Moor’s Last Stand:
How Seven Centuries of Muslim Rule in Spain Came to an End

by Elizabeth Drayson

I wanted to show why his life matters – and the meanings it now has at this time of extreme tension between the west and the Islamic states.

The last Muslim King in Spain

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May 22, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Summer Birds

Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian
By Margarita Engle
Illustrated by Julie Paschkis

In the Middle Ages, people believed that insects were evil, born from mud in a process called spontaneous generation. Maria Merian was only a child, but she disagreed. She watched carefully as caterpillars spun themselves cocoons, which opened to reveal summer birds, or butterflies and moths. Maria studied the whole life cycle of the summer birds, and documented what she learned in vibrant paintings.

This is the story of one young girl who took the time to observe and learn, and in so doing disproved a theory that went all the way back to ancient Greece.

Maria Merian’s Butterflies: The Illustrated Story of How a 17th-Century Woman Forever Changed the Course of Science Through Art

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May 21, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Funville Adventures!

A math-inspired children’s book

A math-inspired fantasy adventure where functions come to life as magical beings.

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May 17, 2017 at 5:25 am Leave a comment

MIRÓ’S HOMAGE TO PICASSO

Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂

…Picasso had been an inspiration and mentor to Miró. How did the two men meet? Through their mothers and cake.

Both of Spanish descent, Miró’s mother and Picasso’s mother were friends. Even though Miró greatly admired the older artist, he didn’t seek an introduction until 1920 when Miró was 27 and was going to Paris. Before his trip, he went to Picasso’s mother and asked if there was anything she wanted him to take to her son. She said cake.

Miró made his way to Paris and delivered the cake to the older and already-successful Picasso. Apparently, Picasso appreciated the gesture because he served as a bit of a mentor to Miró, introducing him to art dealers and the art community. They were very different personalities: Miró was more reserved and shied away from public life. Picasso was more extroverted and more of a salesman.

However, they shared a brotherhood rooted deeply in Catalonia and Spain. Both were greatly impacted by the general and dictator Francisco Franco, who came to power during the Spanish Civil War.

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May 14, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

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