Archive for August, 2010

From “Cauldrons” to “Punchbowls”

I heard someone on NPR last night say that the Blogosphere has become “a cauldron of rage.” As someone who also tends towards broad generalizations, I felt a little put out by that statement. I am a member of the Blogosphere, and I do not feel that my blog is “a cauldron of rage” (although there are times when I would certainly like to use it that way.)  Could it be possible that the Kidlitosphere (a small portion of the Blogosphere) might be able to dilute that “cauldron” a bit – one children’s book at a time?

Perhaps what the world needs in order to pull itself out of the “cauldron of rage” is to read some excellent, interesting, well illustrated and subtlety values laden children’s books. Perhaps going back – way back – to our roots, shoring up those foundations with a few gentle Bible stories, some charming Aesop’s Fables and the like might create a new world filled with smiles and joy rather than frowns and sorrow. Could we turn that “cauldron of rage” into a “punchbowl of happiness”?

I plan to do my best to help the Blogosphere, and the world, on this journey – one children’s book at a time.

Happy Reading,

Kathy B.

Book Review | Celebrate Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur
by Deborah Heiligman

Score: 3

© 2007, National Geographic Books. Part of the National Geographic Holidays Around the World Series, this is an excellent introduction to the High Holidays for young children and their families. Pages filled with colorful pictures of Jews around the world celebrating Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur accompany simple explanatory text describing these holidays. At the [...]

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Book Review | The Secret Shofar of Barcelona
by Jacqueline Dembar Greene

Score: 4

Illustrated by Doug Chayka. © 2009, KarBen Publishing. The author looks to a Sephardic legend for this well-written story about a Spanish converso (secret Jew) who cleverly enables his secret community of Jews to hear the sound of the shofar at Rosh Hashanah. Set in Barcelona, during the Spanish Inquisition, Ms. Greene creates a story [...]

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Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy?

DuBose Heyward wrote the lyrics to, Summertime, with George and Ira Gershwin providing the melody: “Summertime and the livin’ is easy…”

They lied.

There has been no easy livin’ in my home this summer. I have been working two jobs, toiling over “staging” my house for sale, trying to keep up with my reading  and worrying over the fact that I have not posted a blog since May. MAY!

I view summer as a time when I can accomplish all the things I could not do during the school year. Unfortunately, I fail to realize that I still have to do all the tasks I am responsible for during the school year. I somehow forget I am not a student. I do not get a summer vacation. I still have to work, take care of the house and the family. All of those accomplishments I put off until summer, thinking I would have more time, are still sitting in a pile waiting for me – staring at me.

So here I sit, on erev Elul, knowing the shofar is going to blow tomorrow morning to signal me to begin considering my accomplishments of the past year while looking to perhaps change my behavior for the upcoming year. My pile of “to-do’s” may still be sitting there when the Rosh Hashanah shofar blows signaling the New Year has arrived…but at least I will have written a blog or two.

Happy Reading,

Kathy B.