“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 →
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.
Overheard this morning, my younger son asking my older one.
“Why did the chicken cross the road?
The chicken next to her farted.”
And the giggling and laughing lasted for more than a couple of minutes.
I don’t know about the other kids, but mine love to talk about ‘Farts’ and have been heard comparing too (!!!). I will not go into details here.
We don’t have to play the guessing game at our house, because they announce who did it, every time. My older one let all our fellow passengers, train ride from Sintra to Lisbon, know by announcing “I farted”.
Since they talk about it so much, I thought, why not read more about them!
I know there are few who think farts are funny and there a few who find them gross. To these latter ones, I urge you to stop reading now, cause coming up are some facts about farts.
When I took up this project I did not realise that it would be this difficult for me to search for books! it has been really difficult to find apt books with Australia and Oceanic characters. Maybe I am not searching right?!
Here are some books that I found on Amazon, I will keep searching in this category and updating.
Please use your own discretion when selecting the book for your kid/family.
This is the first book we read this week. The story is about a Korean family that emigrates to the United States. It is a well rendered picture book about Yoon, the daughter of the family, who is having adjustment issues in her new home country.
Yoon, in the beginning, does not find much similarity between United States and Korea. This is particularly true for her school life. She loves to write her name in Korean, like all Korean names her name too has a meaning. Her name Yoon means ‘shining wisdom’. Despite her father’s assurances that her name still holds the same meaning , even when written in English, she has her doubts. She also finds her name written in English just a series of sticks and circles, whereas in Korean, “the Symbols dance together”. Everyday at school she learns a new English word and makes that her new name. So one day she is “Cat’ , another day she is ” Bird” and yet another day its “Cupcake”! This girl sure has wild imagination.
She quickly recognizes concern and friendship offered by the patient teacher and classmates. She starts liking her school and feels United States can be her home like Korea.
And she is back to calling herself “Yoon” again as it still means “Shining Wisdom”.
This book is good for a kid reading at K-2 level, but my kids enjoyed it too. The text is easy to understand , the illustrations are beautiful, and the message is clear. Like my older said ” Being different is not something bad, one should embrace it and be proud of it.”
Every year our family of 4 travels to India to meet our extended family and we spend about a month there. So, my elementary school going boys have been exposed to 2 different cultures extensively. We have also travelled to a few more countries and they have noticed, talked about and compared the difference in food, homes, appearances and lifestyles. But there is so much more to explore, so much more to learn in this diverse world!
One of the many boons of internet and access to books/local libraries is that we can learn about different countries and its culture sitting at home. And this is exactly what we plan to do in the coming weeks.
My last post has the timeline that I plan to follow.
Here are a few sites/links that I have searched that will help in making a start to this learning process.