To Dance

Dancers are young when they first dream of dance. Siena was six — and her dreams kept skipping and leaping, circling and spinning, from airy runs along a beach near her home in Puerto Rico, to dance class in Boston, to her debut performance on stage with the New York City Ballet.

Twirl along with Siena as she shares her story in words with pictures by acclaimed illustrator Mark Siegel.

To Dance A Ballerina's Graphic Novel

This was a fun graphic novel about a young dancer. The illustrator, Mark Siegel, did an excellent job with the pictures. It showed the life of a young girl whose dream was to be a ballerina. Also, this a true story. I do not want to give anything away, but this is a slightly sad story as well.

I would recommend this graphic novel to any young dreamer whose dream is to dance. However, reading this book once was enough for me. I think this book should have a permanent place in any dance studio for young boys and girls to read this inspiring story. (I do believe that girls would enjoy it slightly more than boys since it is written in a girl’s perspective!)

Title: To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel

Author: Siena Cherson Siegel

Illustrator: Mark Siegel

Reading Resolution 5: Read a graphic novel

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

Just a Few more Hours

Hey everyone, Keep Calm

Just a few more hours to enter into my giveaway for Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon. It ends tonight at midnight (eastern time). Spend the news and tell everyone you know. This is the last call.

Click here for the link to the giveaway: My Blog’s First Birthday

The winner will be chosen at random tomorrow.

GOOD LUCK!

Also, Haley over at Cover To Cover and Everything in Between announced yesterday that this is the last day to enter to win The Silent Songbird. Here is the link: Haley’s Giveaway

North and South

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This review is about the book and mini-TV show, North and South. The movie is based off of the book by Elizabeth Gaskell. It follows the story of a woman named Margaret Hale. She is from the south (the setting is England) but she travels with her parents to the North. She is ignorant of the ways of the North and blindly judges the people and immediately dislikes one of the cotton mill’s owner, John Thornton.

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North and South follows the story of the heroine’s movement from the tranquil but moribund ways of southern England to the vital but turbulent north. Elizabeth Gaskell’s skillful narrative uses an unusual love story to show how personal and public lives were woven together in a newly industrial society. This is a tale of hard-won triumphs – of rational thought over prejudice and of humane care over blind deference to the market. Readers in the twenty-first century will find themselves absorbed as this Victorian novel traces the origins of problems and possibilities which are still challenging a hundred and fifty years later: the complex relationships, public and private, between men and women of different classes.

North and South

This is actually one of the first book I read that I did not like better than the movie. I watched the movie first but then read through the book after. Truthfully, I did not even finish the book. Well I read the first chapter, got so annoyed with the main girl, and skipped to the last chapter. I was even disappointed with that too. I never read the ending first but that tells you that is was that terrible. Both main characters were just dreadful and dull. Sorry to be blunt.

I would not recommend this book.

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This movie is actually a mini-TV show and it has four episodes. The movie is 3 hours and 55 minute but I am not able to break the movie into two parts. When I watch the movie, I have to watch the whole thing though. It is a slower movie and there are parts that drag out a little too long but as soon as the two main characters are on the screen it makes those scenes seem short. My sisters, mom, and I have watched this movie more than once. I guess we all like a good, long romantic movie. It does help that John Thornton, the main guy character, is played by Richard Armitage. (You do not want to get my sisters started on that subject! He is probably the reason why they like it so much. Oh, and the last scene.) One of my younger sisters is a what some would call a tom boy but she even sits through the whole show. She might complain when she hears what movie we are watching but she does not complain during or afterwards.

I would definitely recommend this movie to any Jane Austen fans!

 

Title of the book and movie: North and South

Author of the Book: Elizabeth Gaskell

Movie Produced by: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

The True…and Untrue…Story of Anastasia Through a Book and a Broadway

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I recently have been keeping updated with the Broadway Anastasia. Meaning I have Anastasia Movielooked at the few pictures that have come out and the few vocal clips that they have released. I absolutely love the 1997 cartoon movie Anastasia even though the animation makes me laugh, but I guess I really like it because of the songs/vocalists. That is why I have been interested in the Broadway because it is based off that movie. Truthfully it is a good thing I like the movie and am interested in the Broadway, because there is absolutely no possible way to avoid it even if I wanted to. My younger sisters and older sister like the movie as well. Anastasia music is not uncommon coming from one of our devices speakers and usually it is turned up full volume.

 

All the excitement about Anastasia reminded me of a book I read a few years ago.

 The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia.

Here is the riveting story of the Russian Revolution as it unfolded. When Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew. Deftly maneuvering between the lives of the Romanovs and the plight of Russia’s peasants – and their eventual uprising – Fleming offers up a fascinating portrait, complete with compelling primary-source material that brings it all to life. History doesn’t get more interesting than the story of the Romanovs.

The Family Romanov

This book is very interesting book about the last tsar and his family. I think this book was written for younger readers but I think adults will find it as interesting as well. When I read this book, I remember reading it in a week or so. It was not an average non-fiction book. It was fast paced. Fleming had dozens of pictures. I like that when non-fiction books have pictures. It helps me to put a face to the person I am reading about and is also a good way to show that these people were real, not someone’s imagination.  Most people have at least heard of Anastasia and the speculations that she did not die when here family was murdered. Before I read this book that is all I ever heard or read about.

Off topic, I just recently watched the first season of Victoria and after watching it I did Victoria.jpgmy own research. I found out that one of Victoria’s granddaughter was none other than… Alexandra (Anastasia’s mother). She was married to Nicholas, the last tsar of Russia, which would make Anastasia and her sisters and brother great grandchildren to Victoria. This was mentioned in the book but it was funnier to write about the TV show, hich I though was very interesting to watch! There was also a family tree in the book showing how they were related.

Back to the topic, I would recommend this book to young and old looking for a well written/not boring non-fiction book about the Romanovs, Rasputin, Russia, and revolution.

I also recommend all of the movies/TV shows that I have mentioned in this post.

Title: The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

Author: Candace Fleming

Author’s Website: http://www.candacefleming.com/

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

My Blog’s First Birthday

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I have been writing and posting reviews for one whole year now and I am excited to say I will keep reviewing books for all of you. I hope you enjoy reading my post and reviews. If you have suggestions for me feel free to comment.

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I am holding a giveaway for Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon to celebrate my blog’s first birthday! Click here to enter the giveaway: a Rafflecopter giveaway.

And the winner is…Julie J. Congratulations, Julie! I will email you immediately.

Thank you to everyone else who entered to win this giveaway!!!

Also, my friend, Haley, over at Cover to Cover and Everything In Between started today as well. She is hosting a giveaway for a hard cover copy of The Silent Songbird. So, pop over to her page to enter that fun giveaway here.

Thank You for reading my blog!

The Lost Stone

Welcome to the Kingdom of Wrenly—a new chapter book series full of fantasy and adventure.

Meet Lucas, the eight year-old prince, and Clara, the daughter of the queen’s seamstress. Lucas is an only child who longs to make friends and go on adventures. Clara knows the kingdom well, so she and Lucas team up and explore the lands of Wrenly.

In The Lost Stone, Lucas and Clara search for Queen Tasha’s missing emerald. On their exciting adventure, they travel to all the main attractions of Wrenly: Primlox (the island of fairies), Burth (the island of trolls), Crestwood (the island of dragons), Hobsgrove (the island of wizards), and the beautiful Mermaid’s Cove. King Caleb has promised to reward the person who finds the precious stone, and Lucas and Clara are determined to search the entire kingdom until they find it!

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Kingdom of Wrenly chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

The Lost Stone

You are probably thinking that I read a strange assortment of books and I do. Any fellow librarians would understand why. I see and put away books from any genre and I usually end up heading home with a tall stack of books. Just a few days ago I brought home books from the teen section, the inspirational section, the non-fiction section, and the children’s section. This book was in that stack. Since it is meant for beginner’s readers, I read it within a few minutes. This book was a good book and I would recommend it to any young boy and girl who likes an adventure story about two friends searching for a lost jewel. It was an excellent story about friendship.

Here is an example of the illustration that are found in this book. Also, the front cover is another example of the art work. I thought all of the drawings were very well done.

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Title: The Lost Stone

Series: The Kingdom of Wrenly

Author: Jordan Quinn

Illustrator: Robert McPhillips

Reading Resolution 58: Read a book that is less than 200 pages.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Many daughters of Eve and sons of Adam, young and old, have taken the journey from the far away land of Spare Oom where eternal summer reigns around the bright city of War Drobe to take time to have tea in the land of Narnia, whether they have watched the movies or read C.S. Lewis’s famous books. So, it is my turn to share my thoughts and opinions of the time I spent in the land of Narnia.

For this review, I will be doing the same thing I did for my review of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I will be reviewing both the book written by C.S. Lewis and the movie created by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media.

The Wardrobe

Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in C. S. Lewis’s classic fantasy series, which has been drawing readers of all ages into a magical land with unforgettable characters for over sixty years. This is a stand-alone read, but if you would like to explore more of the Narnian realm, pick up The Horse and His Boy, the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

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            I recently watched the movie and that made me want to reread the book. Also, I remembered that I have a reading resolution that is Read a book that has been made into a movie. I read this book years ago and to be honest it was fun to pick up the very well-read and loved book. Even through C.S. Lewis wrote this book for young children, this book (and the whole series) can be read by all ages. Who wouldn’t like a story about a magical land known as Narnia, a talking lion called Aslan, and four children who are prophesied to be kings and queens over Narnia. Well, maybe you do or maybe you don’t, but when I was little I swallowed up books like this one. The Chronicles of Narnia was my stepping stone into the world of fantasy.

I am not usually a fan of abridged books but Focus on the Family Radio Theater did an excellent job on dramatizing this series. I would highly recommend it. For me, it has made long boring cars rides less boring.

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             This was actually the first movie I went to see in theaters.

The movie was very well done. The movie has been out 12 years but I still like watching it. The actors and actresses did a good job playing their characters. My personal favorite part of the movie is the scenery. The producers did not ruin my imagination of Narnia but just brightened it.

I usually state my opinion whether I liked the movie or book better but for this one I actually am not going to. I like both the book and the movie and I think both were very well done.

I would recommend both the book and the movie.

To fans of The Chronicles of Narnia, which one did you like better, the movie or the book?

 

Book Title: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Movie Title: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Author: C. S. Lewis

Produced by: Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media

 

Reading Resolution 26. Read a book that has been made into a movie.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.