All posts tagged: Book reviewer

The life-changing magic of tidying up

In schools, they teach Science, Math, and English but they never teach about how to keep our surroundings organized. The most essential lesson of life is not taught. Marie Kondo’s book is about cleaning up once and keeping it that way for a long time. The first principle is that we need less to live in an organized manner. Second, there has to be a place for a thing and a thing in its place. Third, decluttering will also change your life, you prioritize your life goals as well. The most useful tip she provides in this book is to clean by category, not by room. Start with non-personal items such as clothes. Pile all the clothes in the center of the room. Each piece of clothing evokes a certain feeling, joy, doubt or distaste. Only keep the clothes that spark joy. Repeat the process with other categories such as books, papers, miscellaneous and sentimental items. Marie Kondo calls this approach as the KonMari method after her name. This book is truly life-changing if we …

Dreamers

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales is a children’s picture book about immigrants. In this book, a mother and son cross a bridge and move from their home to a new country. They face several challenges such as not knowing the language and social norms of the new place. They discover a library and their love for books assimilates them in the new culture, and make them feel like they belong to that alien country. This story is inspired by the author’s personal life. Yuyi Morales and her son Kelly traveled from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico to El Paso, Texas, legally and unexpectedly had to settle down in the States. As a result, they missed their family, food, friends, job, and the ability to communicate – to understand and be understood. They discovered a local library, learned, read and spoke English and made the United States of America their new home. In the author’s own words, ‘Dreamers: we enter a new country carried by hopes and dreams, and carrying our own special gifts, to build a better future’. …

Mommy’s Khimar

Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow is a children’s picture book. A Khimar is a flowing scarf and is also called a hijab. In this story, a young girl plays dress-up with her mother’s head scarves. By wearing Mommy’s Khimar she becomes a queen with a golden train, a mama bird protecting her baby brother and a superhero in a cape. She smells her Mommy’s Khimar and becomes surrounded by her mother’s love and warmth. The illustrations by Ebony Glenn were catchy with bright colors and the facial expressions of the young girl were exquisite. This book is the perfect book about a girl’s love for her mother and embracing Muslim culture and traditions. Rating: 5/5 Published: April 3, 2018

Soul Spoken

Soul Spoken by Chaitali Nath is a book of poems, musings, and stories. The poems are about friendship, love, women empowerment, protecting nature and writing, to quote a few themes. This is my first time reading a book of poems and I enjoyed reading them. I got a beautiful insight about life in general, from these poems. Rather than completing the book in one sitting, this book has to be savored. Each poem has to reflected upon and imbibed. The book would have been more structured if the quotes, musings, open letters, and stories were not in the same book. The author is a modern young poet and she has chosen fitting themes for her poems. People of a wide age range, from early teenagers to late adults can enjoy this book. To quote a stanza from the poem, I found love: “Love is not always a boy and a girl holding hands Love is also when mom feeds you with her own hands Love is also when you get those colorful friendship bands Love …

Mindful Bea and the Worry Tree

The Mindful Bea and the Worry Tree by Gail Silver is about a girl called Bea. Her birthday party is coming up and she is worried about many things. Will her friends come to the party? What if they don’t like the games? Will the cake be enough?⁣ Her worry sprouts and grows like the branches of the willow tree in Bea’s home. Will Bea confront her worries or will the branches of the willow tree surround her and choke her? ⁣ The illustrations by Franziska Hollbacher are beautiful with a vibrant green background. This book teaches little ones how to confront their worries and be more mindful of their thoughts.⁣ Thank you to Netgalley, The American Psychological Association and Magination Press for the ARC. ⁣ Rating: 5/5⁣ Published: April 16, 2019⁣

Stop Looking at Your Phone

Stop Looking at Your Phone by Son of Alan is a satirical book on our phone addiction. It is a graphical adult book with very few words. It has several scenarios where we pick up our phone because we are bored. The book provides a remedy for such situations. A few examples are, enjoy time spent with your child by making eye contact, not just by taking pictures. Enjoy food by keeping your phone aside.⁣ This book was the shortest read and I completed in 20 minutes, with a few laughs. A book worth having in your library in today’s age where we are slaves to phones.⁣ Thank you to Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the ARC⁣. Rating: 5/5⁣ Publication date: August 16, 2018⁣ Do you spend every free moment you have looking at your phone?⁣

Muddy: The Raccoon Who Stole Dishes

Muddy: The Raccoon Who Stole Dishes by Griffin Ondaatje and Linda Wolfsgruber is a children’s picture book. Muddy is a raccoon who does not fit in his tribe. While his family and other raccoons are satisfied with eating clams, Muddy has a taste for gourmet human food. Muddy steals the food from a nearby restaurant and heaps the plates on the river bank. His family and other raccoons discover the plates and confront Muddy’s parents that his habit could be dangerous to the group. The rest of the story is about how Muddy solves the problem of stealing food from the restaurant. The illustrations in the book could be better in a few pages. Otherwise, the ending made me smile. This book introduces the value of food and the role of raccoons in our ecosystem to little ones. Thanks to @netgalley and @northsouthbooks for the ARC. Rating: 4/5 Book published: April 2, 2019 How do you teach the importance of food to your kids?