Monthly Archives: April 2019

National Poetry Month – Ode To My Socks by Pablo Neruda

A visit to our local library today, led me to do something which I hadn’t done before. Read a poem with the kids!

Don’t get me wrong here, poems I have read with them, but those have been the ones you read to toddlers.

So, it started like this. In the kids section, both my boys got to pick poems from a basket. Turns out, without knowing, both picked poems related to animals, dog and a cat. The coincidence doesn’t end there, they picked poems by the same author, Marilyn Singer.

Both the poems were in free verse , just apt for my boys. One talks about a dog in April, the other about a cat in December. Turns out today was one such day here. Though it was an April day, it snowed and was cold enough to be passed on as an early December day! Sigh… life in Midwest.

When we got home, I decided to read to my boys to one Pablo Neruda’s works. Continue reading

Stories For Boys Who Dare To Be Different – Book Review

Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing Boys Who Changed the World without Killing Dragons

Author: Ben Brooks                            Illustrator: Quinton Winter

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde

This book is about 77 inspiration boys/men who looked out for the stars!

As the book states, it is “an inspirational collection of famous and not so famous men from the past to the present day, who went on to make the world a better place through compassion, generosity and self-belief.”

These are men, who have changed the world for the better, in their own quiet way. And they have done so by not following the stereotypical path, but carving out their own.

These are men, who have defied the toxic masculinity, have not shied away from hiding their emotions.

These are men, who through their stories also tell the kids its ok to go against the grain, to not succumb to peer pressure.

And that is a lesson boys (as well as girls) need to learn.

Ben Brooks’ biographies are very inclusive, it has men from across the globe, culture and social class. It has stories about several famous men we have heard of like Gandhi, Bill Gates, Obama, Nelson Mandela and Lionel Messi. But then, it also has stories about lesser known figures who have done amazing work. Continue reading

Does it Fart: Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence – Book Review

Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence

Authors: Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti

Illustrated by Ethan Kocak

In 2017 Zoologist Dani Rabaiotti’s teenage brother asked her a most pressing question: Do snakes fart?

Stumped, Rabaiotti turned to Twitter. Consequently, it grew to a Twitter hashtag #doesitfart and it spread like a noxious gas. Dozens of noted experts began weighing in on which animals do and don’t fart, and if they do, how much, how often, what it’s made of, what it smells like, and why.

These notes eventually took physical form, this book.

Turns out we are not the only ones in the Animal Kingdom that “break wind’. Phew!

Each page of the book is devoted to, one animal and one question: Does it fart? However,  its not just a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’ list. It’s a super fun,silly book which also gives information about their eating habits, gastrointestinal working, and their fauna.

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