“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 →
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 a great book to expose the kids to the different ways in which people live around the world.
The most unique part about this book is that all the houses are illustrated in bas-relief color collages. Another interesting fact about the houses was that all those still exist.
Each house has an illustration of real example of type of structure. The detailing that has gone into making the collages is amazing. We spent a lot of time admiring not just the house structure but the surrounding landscaping with nature, people, animals etc.
It also has a brief description of the interiors, the reason behind its design, information on material used, geographical location of these houses, dates of occupancy and some fascinating fact.
The list of houses include
Dogtrot – Southern United States
Chalet – Alps, Europe
Pueblo – Taos, New Mexico
Connected barn – Northeastern United States
Cave dwelling – Guadix, Andalucia, Spain
Palafitos (house on stilts) – Chiloe Island, Chile
Palazzo Dario – Venice, Italy
Chateau La Brede – Bordeaux, France
Fujian Tulou – Hangkeng village, Yongding, China
Half-timbered townhouses – Miltenberg am Main, Germany
White Towns – Astipalaia Island, Greece
Decorated houses of Ndebele – Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa
Yurt – Mongolia and other parts of central Asia.
Airstream trailer – Anywhere
Floating house – Middleburg, the Netherlands
Tree House – Anywhere
At the back of the book, there is also a map of the world where each of the examples can be found.
The only drawback that I see in this book is that of the 15 dwellings discussed 7 were found in Europe, 4 in North America , and the larger continents of Africa and Asia are under represented. Australia was left out completely.
Laroche’s writing is light and interesting. The illustrations along with the simple and short textual facts make this book good for kids of any age in K-6.
Overall a great book and can be a great supplement for culture study.