Friday, July 2, 2021

Rabbit Ears World Tales Volume Six: The Firebird and The Monkey People

Rabbit Ears World Tales Volume Six: The Firebird and The Monkey People is an enjoyable CD with two stories from different parts of the world. The Firebird is from Russia, and The Monkey People is from South America.
In The Firebird, a young man and a princess work together to outwit and defeat a wicked greedy king. And in The Monkey People, a group of people become so comically lazy that they want the monkeys (created magically from leaves) to do all their work for them. What eventually happens to the people? And do any of them learn not to be so lazy? This volume was published in 2007.

Rabbit Ears World Tales Volume Three Anansi and East of the Sun, West of the Moon

I listened to another CD titled Rabbit Ears World Tales #3. It contained the folk Tales East of the Sun, West of the Moon, from Russia and Anansi from Jamaica. Anansi is a silly fellow. He is mischevious and clever, not bad-hearted, but gets into trouble.
He reminds me of the character Coyote from Ancient American stories. In one story, he wants to be the keeper of all the stories instead of Tiger. Is he successful in his goal? In another story, he wants to appear important during his mother-in-law's funeral and decides to go all week without eating. Does he make his goal, or does his pride backfire on him?
In East of the Sun, West of the Moon, a young girl goes on a journey to free her boyfriend who has been bewitched. She has to go "east of the sun, and west of the moon" to save him! Will she be successful?

Rabbit Ears: Native American Heroines

I listened to the single CD of Rabbit Ears: Native American Heroines, and really enjoyed it. The narrators did a wonderful job. One story was the relatively well known tale of Sacagawea and everything she did. I liked how the reunion with her brother was portrayed. The other story was the tale of a chief's daughter, Princess Scargo, who received a giant pumpkin filled with live fish!
She kept them similarly to how a child today might take care of fish in a tank. But what will she do, when the rains fail, and the fish in the rivers begin to die out? Her people are able to dam up a small lake, but so many fish have been killed by the drought, that her people are afraid they may not be able to repopulate for years and years. So what does she do? Listen to the story and find out! This audiobook was first published in 2007.

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

The Ruins of Gorland by John Flanagan begins with young Will hoping to be accepted as an apprentice warrior. Or at the very least, a trainer for the warrior's horses. But because he's so small, he isn't accepted in either of those schools, or any of the schools that are looking for apprentices.
He has too big a reputation of getting into trouble. But...the Rangers want him to join their mysterious and secretive group. He has skills they've noticed. Being able to keep from being seen, hiding in the shadows, climbing into places an ordinary person couldn't. And why do the Rangers want him? War is brewing, and they need all the help they can get. The evil lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night is looking for revenge. This is a fun book, and appropriate for all ages! Kids and adults who enjoy action and fantasy would enjoy this book. The Ruins of Gorlan, the first book in the Ranger's Apprentice series was published in 2006.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The Berenstein Bears Go to School by Stan and Jan Berenstein

The Berenstein Bears Go to School by Stan and Jan Berenstein is a short story good to be
read at a child's bed time. The story explores the adventures Brother and Sister Bear have going back to school, or going to school for the first time, as in Sister's case. It is good for children who may have anxiety about going to school. It helps them see that others go through the same thing, and helps them understand that transitioning to school or going back to school after summer is over is not as insurmountable a thing as they may at first think. The book was first published in 1978.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Juneteenth

On 19 of June 1865, 2000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas where Gordon Granger, a U.S. Army officer issued General Order no. 3, informing the people of Texas that every person who had been enslaved up to that point in the borders of the United States, was free. This came some years after the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln, which was issued January 1, 1863, a few months after January 31, 1865 when the 13th Amendment passed in Congress, and some months before December 6, 1865 when the 13th Amendment, officially ending slavery throughout all the United States was ratified.
The Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the Border States of Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri, and later West Virginia which became a state in 1863. When Abraham Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation, he worried that the border states mentioned above would leave the union and join the South making the war all the more difficult to win for the North. And so only slaves in the Confederacy were officially freed by the Proclamation. This Proclamation included all slaves in the south, including Texas, but because information traveled so slowly in those days, the slaves in Texas did not know they were free until Juneteenth. Juneteenth did not mark the complete end of slaverly in the U.S. since the Emancipation Proclamation did not apply to the border states. It was only after the 13th Amendment to the Constitution became law December 6, 1865, that the slaves in the border states were free. The Emancipation Proclamation, General Order no. 3, and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution are fantastic victories that enforce the understanding that slavery is fundamentally immoral, and that basic human rights are God given, and should not be taken away except in the rare instance when someone has committed a crime and needs to be incarcerated for the safety of others. They enforce the idea that the freedoms spoken of in The Declaration of Independence should apply to all people, male and female, regardless of race. ******************************************************* What Is Juneteenth?. (2021). Retrieved 19 June 2021, from https://www.history.com/news/what-is-juneteenth********** Gordon Granger - Wikipedia. (2021). Retrieved 19 June 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Granger **************** National Archives Safeguards Original ‘Juneteenth’ General Order. (2020). Retrieved 19 June 2021, from https://www.archives.gov/news/articles/juneteenth-original-document********************************************* The Emancipation Proclamation (article) | Khan Academy. (2021). Retrieved 19 June 2021, from https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/us-history/civil-war-era/slavery-and-the-civil-war/a/the-emancipation-proclamation***** The Emancipation Proclamation. (2015). Retrieved 19 June 2021, from https://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured-documents/emancipation-proclamation********************** 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery. (2016). Retrieved 19 June 2021, from https://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/13th-amendment ***** 13th Amendment ratified. (2021). Retrieved 19 June 2021, from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/13th-amendment-ratified************************************************** The Declaration of Independence. (2015). Retrieved 19 June 2021, from https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration?_ga=2.263441740.1345254968.1624119945-1476364428.1624119945

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

How to Get Rid of Bad Dreams by Nancy Hazbry and Roy Condy

How to Get Rid of Bad Dreams by Nancy Hazbry and Roy Condy is a fun and entertain short story for children. I enjoyed reading it, and I thought the suggestions given for getting rid of bad dreams were fun. It is a good bed time book that I find entertaining, and I especially like the way it helps children develop accountability and the idea that they are in control of their own thoughts and attitudes. It is very empowering. How to Get Rid of Bad Dreams was first published in 1983.