Book Musings: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

September 1 2018:

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The story of William Kamkwamba. The people in the village called him crazy, but he knew he could succeed at bringing electricity and running water to his desperately poor village in Malawi Africa. Incredible story of determination and following one’s heart!

Book Musings: Crossing Niagara

August 18 2018:

Crossing Niagara – The Death-Defying Tightrope Adventures of the Great Blondin

Exciting story of Jean Francois Gravelet, the one known as the Great Blondin. Mostly about his claim to fame of crossing Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

He not only crossed on a tightrope, he crossed on a tightrope blindfolded, reading the paper, with a wheelbarrow, on stilts, with his feet and hands chained, with his feet in buckets, and with a man on his back. Great person to learn about.

Book Musings: talkin’ guitar – A Story of Young Doc Watson

August 11 2018:

talkin’ guitar – A Story of Young Doc Watson

All sounds were music to a blind young man by the name of Arthel Watson. He made music out of whatever he could get his hands on and became one of the most celebrated and beloved figures of folk, bluegrass, and old-time music – Doc Watson.

Another winner!!

Book Musings: Marvelous Mattie

August 4 2018:

Marvelous Mattie

As a young girl Margaret E. Knight carried with her a notebook labeled My Inventions. She made creations for her mother and brothers and when she was twelve she designed a metal guard to prevent shuttles from shooting off looms and hurting workers.

Later she invented a machine that would cut and glue together a square-bottomed paper bag. Many of the paper bags we use today are still processed using Mattie’s invention.

An inspiring story of a girl and woman who knew in her heart she was an inventor and never backed down from that belief. Even in a time when it was believed women couldn’t understand the complexities of mechanical equipment.

Book Musings: The Noisy Paint Box

July 14 2018:

The Noisy Paint Box

“I let myself go. I had little thought for houses and trees, drawing colored lines and blobs on the canvas with my palette knife, making them sing just as powerfully as I knew how.” …. And …. “I could hear the hiss of the colors as they mingled.” ~Vasily Kandinsky

An historical fiction of the life of Vasya Kandinsky who was one of the very first painters of abstract art. So interesting to learn that he could hear the colors. They literally made soundsĀ that he could hear.

It is believed that he had synesthesia; a condition where one sense triggers another sense. He knew in his heart how he wanted to paint and kept straying from it to please others. He finally let loose!!

Lillian was glued to this as she loves creating and learning about abstract art. Thomas and I loved it too!

Book Musings: Manfish – A Story of Jacques Cousteau

July 7 2018:

Manfish – A Story of Jacques Cousteau

Beautifully illustrated story of a boy who fell in love with the sea and dreamed of breathing beneath the waves.

“Il faut aller voir.” ~Jacques Cousteau (We must go and see for ourselves.)

An inventor, adventurer, explorer, poetic writer – a remarkable person.

This was another fun book to read!

Manfish Book 2016 July 2018

Book Musings: The Magic Boat

June 23 2018:

The Magic Boat

A traditional Chinese tale of a young boy named Chang who rescues an old man from a river. He is rewarded with a magic dragon boat that can magically change from pocket-size to full-size and back.

A wicked man steals the boat and takes it to the corrupt Emperor. Chang sets out to get the boat back so he can continue to do good with it. Great DEMI book with vibrant illustrations!

The Magic Boat Book 2016 6.23.18