05.06.09

How to Talk to Your Dog: Thoughts

Posted in Biology, Picture Books, Sociology at 3:36 am by Rosepixie

This is an excellent book about dogs, their behavior and how to communicate with them. It has wonderful half photograph-half drawing illustrations that clearly show what George is describing. Everything is explained, not just the “how”, but also the “why”. It’s a marvelous introduction to dog interactions!

11.20.08

Penguins and Antarctica: Thoughts

Posted in Biology, Childrens, Geography, History at 2:27 am by Rosepixie

This was pretty interesting. It has information about the history and exploration of Antarctica, even where its name came from, and information about different types of creatures who live there. The focus is somewhat on penguins, of course, but it actually works really well and makes for an interesting book with pretty good flow!

11.15.08

Sea Monsters: Third Post (Final Thoughts)

Posted in Biology, Childrens at 12:21 am by Rosepixie

Osborne lists some pretty good sources in here. My favorite was that she listed Robert Sabuta and Matthew Reinhart’s pop-up book about prehistoric sea creatures! The museum list, of course, has a museum in New York listed, but it otherwise does a slightly better job than usual of covering different areas of the country.

11.13.08

Sea Monsters: Second Post (Thrown Together)

Posted in Biology, Childrens at 12:14 am by Rosepixie

The chapter about sea monster sightings throughout the years was good, but it felt like it should have been at the beginning. I also would have liked more about legends and stories and myths involving sea monsters. It felt like maybe this book was thrown together too fast or something.

11.12.08

Sea Monsters: First Post (First Impressions)

Posted in Biology, Childrens at 1:28 am by Rosepixie

So far this is pretty informative, although it doesn’t have maps or as many helpful illustrations as some of the previous research guides. I’m glad that so many different creatures are included, but the information isn’t organized well and it’s kind of confusing. This is not the best research guide so far.