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Original Essays | August 18, 2014

Ian Leslie: IMG Empathic Curiosity

Today, we wonder anxiously if digital media is changing our brains. But if there's any time in history when our mental operations changed... Continue »
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Frindle by Andrew Clements

Rubies, February 24, 2010

Not just a story about a boy renaming a pen! A story for teachers & parents as much as kids, it is an encouragement that a teacher, parent, etc. can make a huge impact on a child's life if they're willing to put in some effort, see through a child's manipulations and take the time to challenge (a.k.a. LOVE) them!

(Read the "Deconstructing Penguins" by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone approach to using this book for a kids' book club...very helpful.)
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Mother's Ordeal: One Woman's Fight Against China's One-Child Policy by Steven W Mosher

Rubies, February 24, 2010

I expected this book to be a good story about fighting to have a baby. This story was more than just about having children in China. It gives a glimpse into one woman's life as she grows up in a communist country. It shows how the decisions made by an "all knowing," supposedly good, wise being who is to be a "savior" of a country affect the "little people." The main character struggles to deny her own thoughts and desires for the sake of the "greater good" of her fellow countrymen. It takes place from the 1950s to the 1980s and Mao Zedong is the leader for much of this time. A compelling read. And you don't have to be a political-science genius to follow and enjoy this plot!

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