aelfie (aelfie) wrote,

105. Gay Fairy & Folk Tales by Peter Cashorali
While looking on Amazon at some Fairy Tale books, this one was on the list of other books you might like. The concept amused me. So I tracked down a copy through Link+ (came from SFPL, DUH!). This is a cute book, and I was able to recognize the source material from all the stories. Quick read and well written.

106. Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood by Jamie C. Martin
I kept seeing this one on Amazon and my library didn't have a copy...but I wasn't sure I wanted to buy it. I was finally able to snag a copy through Link+ and boy am I glad I didn't buy it. I would have been pissed. Consists of forty short essays/instructions that are nothing new. Now, for someone like me who reads a lot and has been a member of the Flylady for years, this did not bring anything new to the table. But now that I think about it, it could probably be of some use for someone who neither reads nor has an idea of what a control journal is.

107. Inside Laura's Little House: The Little House on the Prairie Treasury by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Erikson
This is a cool book. It goes through the different aspects of how life would have been lived by the Ingalls' life during that particular book. Also includes some great recipes and crafts. This will come in very handy when the kids reach 3rd grade and I'll do a Pioneer block with them.

108. Ed Emberley's Drawing Book: Make a World by Ed Emberley
While perusing the DVD stacks at the library I found this kids drawing video. I watched it to see if it were appropriate for Ike to watch. It was, it was annoyingly stuck in the 80's, but I found it to be more of a 30 minute advertisement for his books and a "yea! You can draw) than actually teaching any skills. But, I found that the library owned the books. These books are really cool. They stow step by step how to simply draw things. In a very kid accessible manner. Think of it as a dictionary of drawing. These books use combinations of simple shapes (circles, half circles, triangles, etc, etc) to create things. Very accessible for young kids.

109. Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Animals by Ed Emberley
See above but all the pictures in this book are of animals.

110. Mark Kistler's Draw Squad by Mark Kistler
Another kids drawing book. When looking at the Amazon reviews for the Ed Emberley books, someone wrote that once a kid was ready to move on from Ed's stuff, he was ready for the books by Mark Kistler. Well, who's Mark Kistler. And what in the world did he do. More Amazon and Link+ searching pulled this book up for me. This is his first book and is based on a 20+ year old PBS show. Now granted I didn't read the entire thing ('cause its a work book, you are supposed to actually draw in it), but I did sit down and look at it thoroughly. This book is awesome. And its sequential (i.e. skills are built upon) and its silly and very imaginative. Its more cartoonish drawing (it is aimed at kids afterall) but I can see how the skills gained could lead to more advanced skills later on.  I did some poking around on the net and found that he's got an online Drawing Academy for kids and adults at a fairly reasonable prices ($100.00 for three years) with over 200 taped lessons. He even has a section for the little people like Elli and Gwen. Ike really wants to draw and doesn't think he can draw. And I'm not doing such a good job showing him. This may be a place for him to start.
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