“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.”
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”
This is a small book, only in length, but please do not be misled by its relatively short size. It is a wonderful historical read, and it is full of interesting and captivating details of life during World War Two as seen through the eyes of a child.
Robbie Cheadle and Elsie Hancy Eaton do a marvelous job of pulling the reader into the child’s perspective, who finds wonder and joy, even in this terrible historical period. I loved reading about how the family survived with what they had and still managed to maintain the important aspects of life regardless of the hardships of the time.
The details are fascinating, and the added recipes are delightful. If you are interested in history or a captivating tale, then I recommend this book highly!
I was enthralled in the story from the very beginning through to the end. I have tended to read historical accounts as told through the perspective of adults, and this book, narrated by a very young child, is a refreshing approach.
I give this book a 5 star review, and I hope you buy a copy and read it!
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(Candid By Liz)
Unfortunately, President Trump and elements of the far right have politicized the wearing of masks as somehow violating a person’s individual rights. This is a level of insanity. Do people complain that their rights are being violated if the law compels them to wear shoes in order to enter a food store? Did Americans, as a people, not follow the restrictions imposed upon them in World War II? Do we, as a society, accept and embrace that children should travel in safety car seats? Do we, as a nation, understand the importance of laws and the controls imposed on people by those legal requirements? These are only a few examples of rules that are instituted for the safety of individuals and society. We, as a people, must recognize that individual rights are important, but just as important is societal responsibility.
The wearing of masks is not only to protect the person with the mask but also others around that person. Wearing of masks can help protect the people you love, your friends, your family, and others you do not know.
The wearing of masks in this medical pandemic is not only being responsible, but it is also being patriotic. Remember, that we are all in this time and circumstance together.
Stay safe and healthy!
The American insanity with guns continues. Yet, another school shooting has occurred in Denver with at least one dead and seven others wounded.
I expect that two things will happen: media coverage will decrease as we, as a society, become desensitized to these terrible events; and the other is that spineless politicians who are either afraid of the gun lobby or in their pockets will offer their thoughts and prayers. They will, however, take no action. They will simply hope that American citizens forget this latest tragedy, and they will treat the situation as normal.
This must end. I, for one, will never support any politician who does not support gun control laws. This horrible situation must change.
This is a call to political action: if you agree that serious gun control must be enacted, then do not vote for any politician, on any level, who does not support gun control.
Children, teachers, and parents should not have to face this insanity in our society.
If you agree with this idea, please tweet and reblog this post.
The Trump administration has ordered and defended the use of tear gas against families, against mothers, against children, and against babies. This is beyond reprehensible–it is evil, and it is the stuff of fascism, racism, and bigotry.
We must never become used to such abominable behavior. All of those who oppose these actions must speak out.
This must end.
Remember that we are all connected.
“No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee”
Thank you to Jennie Fitzkee for her guest post for the U.L.S., the Underground Library Society. She deals with a book that is easily misunderstood as being racist, and she details that the story is really about India and not African-Americans. It is important to make the distinction between perception of racism and actual racism, as Jennie does. Now for her post:
In 1899 Helen Bannerman wrote a children’s book, Little Black Sambo, after she and her husband had lived in India for thirty years. Helen was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, and she fondly remembered those years in India. The classic story is about a little boy who outwits tigers in the jungle. I dearly loved this story when I was a child, particularly the tigers turning into butter when they ran in circles around the tree.
The boy’s name is Little Black Sambo, his mother is Black Mumbo, and his father is Black Jumbo. That is perhaps (most likely) the root of controversy and the banning of this book. Over the years people have projected the story to be about blacks in the south. Different versions were published, even a board game. The degradation of blacks was both sad and appalling.
And so, it was banned in many places over the years. “A typical pickaninny storybook which was hurtful to black children.” Those were the comments and reasons for banning the book. When I heard the story as a child, I also thought the characters were blacks from the south.
Fast forward to 1996. Fred Marcellino, an artist and illustrator, read the story. He said, “There are no racist overtones.” And there are none. Zero. It’s merely the perception because of the names of the characters. So, Fred illustrated a new edition of the book. He did not change one word of the text. He simply changed the names of the characters to be authentic to India – Babaji, Mamaji, and Papaji.
I read this book all the time in my classroom of preschoolers. They revel in chanting the words of the tigers. They love the book as much as I did as a child. We do play performances about this book. Really!
And of course, tigers live in India, not the southern states in America. So, shame on those naysayers and book banners. They should have known better.
I vow to memorize the words to this classic story.
Thank you Jennie for the post, and welcome to the U.L.S.
Around the world, millions of people are forced to flee their homes to try to escape violence and to attempt to save their families. These are people who are forced into making the most difficult decisions and who are among the most vulnerable people in the world. This includes the families who are attempting to escape severe danger and to seek asylum in the United States of America, which had been before the shining beacon of hope for those in peril.
How they are treated by the nations of the world, including the United States of America, is a defining measure of those countries.
The United Nations Refugee Agency speaks to this issue: “On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee.” (http://www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday/)
Please support World Refugee Day, and please remember that our current President has caused a refugee crisis by his inexcusable, inhumane, treatment of children on our southern border, treatment that is child abuse.
Speak up for these families. Do not let the United States of America’s beacon of hope die out.
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