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1. The time has come...

Yes, the time has come and I have decided to redo The Children's War, it will, therefore, be on hiatus while that is being done.  I've been thinking about this for a long time and finally decided summer would be the perfect time to do it.

When it returns, it will have a new look and a new name, but I will continue to look at books for kids about World War II just as I have done for the last 5 years.

Meanwhile, I will continuing reviewing kids books over at Randomly Reading and hope to see you there.

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2. Things underway.....A Time for Fall Fun sketches - share 70's memories with your kiddos

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3. Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB--August 3, 2015

Contributed by Karen Sandler


Riveting page­turners with lots of twists and surprises are so much fun to read. They’re the ones that keep you up late at night, on the edge of your seat with each new revelation. The excitement of suspenseful thrillers can steal your breath when the main character that you’ve come to know and love confronts high­stakes peril. Who can go to sleep without finding out what happens after that cliff­hanger moment?

I’ve recently read three “unputdownable” young adult suspense/thriller novels with a bonus—all three were written by diverse authors (and featuring diverse characters). Their stories were so gripping, I tore through them at a lightning pace. These books are my personal recommendations, and I hope you’ll check them out.


Endangered by Lamar Giles

Author Lamar Giles demonstrated his skill at penning thrillers with his debut book, Fake ID. With his second novel, Endangered, he introduces us to a new set of characters, including our African­American heroine, Lauren “Panda” Daniels, and her adversary, the mysterious Admirer.

Panda, a photoblogger, likes to keep a low profile. She specializes in catching classmates and teachers in compromising situations then posts the pictures on her anonymous blog. The Admirer claims to know Panda’s true identity and threatens to expose it unless Panda goes along with a serious of dangerous dares—dares that eventually turn deadly.


Why you’ll love this book:

  •  Panda is tough but likeable, with a backstory that explains her mission of exposing others’ missteps

  •  If you’re a photography buff, you’ll enjoy the details of how Panda gets her pictures, but even if you’re not into photography, the window Giles provides into that world is intriguing

  •  The tension just keeps getting wound tighter and tighter as the stakes get raised with each page

  •  The climax is jaw­dropping
    If you loved
    Fake ID, you’ve got to pick up Endangered. If you haven’t yet read Giles’s first 
    book, you’ll want to pick it up after reading Endangered.



  • The Living & The Hunted by Matt de la Peña


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Yes, I’m cheating here recommending two books instead of one. And while I read The Hunted recently, I actually read Matt de la Peña’s apocalyptic thriller, The Living, at least a year ago. But you’ll get the most enjoyment out of The Hunted if you read The Living first.

In The Living, Shy Espinoza, a Mexican­American teen from Southern California, takes a summer job on a cruise ship to make some extra money to help out his mom and sister. It seems like a dream job—bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two while he’s raking in tips from the rich passengers. But then the Big One hits California and the cruise ship is wiped out by a tsunami. Shy survives, but there’s even worse to come.

In The Hunted, Shy and a couple friends, including Carmen, the girl he loves, make it back to California. But they face the utter destruction of the state, society, and everything they knew. As if the earthquake and tsunami weren’t enough, a virulent disease is wiping out the population. Only Shy and his friends can save what’s left of the Golden State.


Why you’ll love these books:

  •  Reading them is like watching a high stakes, special effects­laden action film

  •  Shy is an engaging character who manages to be strong and capable while still being a

    regular kid

  •  The disaster is horrifying (de la Peña doesn’t pull any punches) but not gratuitous

  •  The plot twists are clever and unexpected

    As someone who’s a native Californian, these books were especially gripping for me. But anyone who likes action and great characters will love reading The Living and its sequel The Hunted.



    Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

    Who knew a book about ballerinas would be so jam­packed with suspense? by co­authors Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton is not about adorable little girls in tutus—although they’re featured in the story (and referred to as petit rats—little rats). The main characters in Tiny Pretty Things are savvy, been­around­the­block teens, dancers who would kneecap you if it meant they’d get a starring role in The Nutcracker.

    Gigi, Bette, and June all want to be prima at their competitive NY ballet school. But the pressures of being number one bring out the weaknesses in each of them—Gigi, a physical problem that could kill her, Bette, the shadow of her stellar ballerina older sister, and June, the overwhelming expectations of her mother. The three main characters alternate telling the story, and what seems true one moment shifts the next until you’re not sure what’s real and what isn’t.page2image22424 page2image22584 page2image22744 page2image22904 page2image23064

Why you’ll love this book:

  •  Utterly compelling characters, mesmerizing even when they’re doing something awful to each other

  •  A fascinating look at the world of ballet

  •  A diverse cast of characters who in are turns totally likeable and completely hateable (is that a word?)

  •  A story you really won’t be able to put down until the last page

    Full confession—I’ve never seen an actual ballet. I lasted through a month of ballet in my teens (not prima material, believe me). But I devoured Tiny Pretty Things. It was that phenomenal a read.


  • Karen Sandler is the author of nineteen novels for adults, as well as TANKBORN, AWAKENING, and REBELLION, a YA science fiction trilogy from Lee & Low/Tu Books. Just a few felines short of being a full­fledged Cat Lady, she loves chocolate, horses, and folk dancing. She is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books




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4. HarperCollins to Open Pop-Up BookLab in New York

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5. Attack on Titan Manga: 50 million copies sold but trails One Piece

As we all know, Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan has been the shock trooper in the recent manga bounce back here in the US and Japan. A story from the Japanese language Eiga.com reported at ANN reveals AoT has 50 million copies in print worldwide , a healthy number of which 2.5 million copies are […]

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6. 5 Things You Need To Know About The Chinese/American Feature ‘Rock Dog’

Director Ash Brannon, animation studio Reel FX, and actors Luke Wilson and Eddie Izzard are all involved in this Chinese animated feature.

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7. Phil Lord and Chris Miller Create Pilot for ‘Son Of Zorn’ Series

A barbarian warrior would rather wage animated war than work a real-world office job in the forthcoming animated/live-action comedy, 'Son of Zorn.'

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8. The CW to Create a Little Women Dystopian TV Show

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9. College Textbook Pricing is Up 1,041% Since 1977

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10. मौन व्रत

cartoon by Monica gupta

मौन व्रत

कई बार खबरों की वजह से विचारो की गहमा गहमा इतनी ज्यादा हो जाती है कि मौन रहना ही सर्वोतम है

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11. Books and Sweets Pairings: INFOGRAPHIC

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12. "It's Summertime" a book for preschoolers that celebrates the simple childhood fun of the 70's

Just finished the first "season" in a  four book series entitled "It's Summertime" with author Debbie Estrem. Go back to a simple, less complicated time for children....spider bikes, wonder soap bubbles, push pops and days down at the community pool eating Creamsicles and loads of outside play....before cell phones and home computers....when doing anything took longer and we really didn't mind so much. For ages preschool - adult. Coming soon from Halo Publishing.

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13. Artist of the Day: Gaëtan Pencréac’h

Discover the art of Gaëtan Pencréac'h, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day.

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14. आई बरसात तो

आई बरसात तो …

आहा से आह तक का सफर

इन दिनो बरसात की खबर पढ कर या सुनकर मन मायूस हो जाता क्योकि हमारे शहर मे बरसात हो ही नही रही थी. ऐसी बात नही है कि यहां बादल नही आते. बादल गरजने के साथ साथ् बिजली भी खूब चमकाते  पर वो कहते है ना जो गरजते है वो बरसते नही बस …. ऐसा ही कुछ हो रहा था. बहुत मन था कि बरसात आए तो आनंद लें. गर्मा गर्म अदरक और इलाइची की चाय के साथ हलवा और पकौडे बनाए. बच्चो के साथ बारिश मे भीगे और कागज की नाव चलाए. पर खुशी से  आहा करने का मौका ही नही मिल रहा था. यही सोचते सोचते मैं अखबार के पन्ने पलटने लगी. तभी अचानक आखो मे आगे अंधेरा सा छा गया. अरे! चिंता मत करे. कोई चक्कर वक्कर नही आया मुझे पर ऐसा लग रहा था कि जो सूर्य महाराज पूरी तेजी से भरी दोपहरी मे चमक रहे थे अचानक उनकी चमक हलकी पड  गई.बाहर देखा तो  आसमान मे बहुत काला बादल  था. आज तो यकीनन बरसना ही चाहिए. मै सोच ही रही थी कि अचानक बूदाबांदी शुरु हो गई और मन मयूर नाच उठा.

इतने मे बच्चे भी वापिस लौट आए और कपडे बदल कर हाथ मे छतरी और बरसाती पहन कर कागज की नाव बना कर  बरसात  का आनंद उठाने को तैयार हो गए. उधर मेरी भी सहेलियाँ आ गई और हमने बरसात का खूब  मजा उठाया. प्रकृति एक दम साफ साफ धुली धुली लग रही थी.गमलो मे लगे पौधे हवा के साथ हिलते हुए ऐसे लग रहे थे मानो अपनी खुशी का इजहार कर रहे हों.  फेसबुक पर भी बरसात की सूचना दे दी गई और लाईक और कमेंट का अम्बार लग गया.. और तो और दो तीन निकट  दोस्तो का तो बधाई के लिए फोन भी आ गया कि आखिरकार भगवान ने आपकी सुन ली. सारे चेहरे खिले खिले थे.ऐसा लग रहा था मानो खुशी बरस रही थी.  माहौल खुशनुमा हो चला था. अचानक तापमान इतना कम हो गया कि पंखा भी एक नम्बर पर करना पडा. काफी देर तक भीगने के बाद कपडे बदल कर् बच्चे नेट पर काम करने लगे और सहेलियो ने भी विदा ली.

तभी अचानक बहुत तेज बिजली चमकी और मेरी आखं खुली. अरे! ये सपना था. बाहर आकर देखा तो सचमुच मूसलाधार  बरसात हो रही थी. बेशक मन खुश हुआ.पर इतनी तेज बरसात देख कर चिंता भी हो गई. तभी बिजली चली गई. चिंता इस बात की थी कि अभी बच्चे भी नही वापिस आए थे. फोन करने लगी तो वो भी डेड हो गया था. मोबाईल का नेटवर्क तो वैसे ही दुखी कर रहा था. रेंज ही नही होती कभी इसकी. खैर! सोचा कि चलो इतने पकौडो की तैयारी कर लूं रसोई मे गई तो देखा कि रसोई की नाली मे पानी जाने की बजाय बाहर आ रहा था यानि सीवर ओवरफ्लो कर रहा था. बाहर सडक पर देखा तो वो पूरी भर गई थी और ऐसा लग रहा था कि पानी किसी भी क्षण घर मे आ सकता  है  और देखते ही देखते पानी अंदर आना शुरु हो गया. असल मे बाहर सडक को ऊंचा  बनाया जा रहा है शायद इसी लिए .. !!!

वो क्षण किसी भंयकर सपने से कम नही था. मैने तीन चार पर अपने को चिकोटी काटी कि यह सब सपना ही हो.पर आह! अफसोस यह सपना नही हकीकत था. ना बिजली ना फोन ना मोबाईल और ऊपर से घर मे आता पानी. मेरा सारा शौक हवा हो गया.

बस भगवान से  सच्चे दिल से एक ही प्रार्थना कर रही हूं  कि बरसात  को तुरंत रोक दो मै 11 रुपए का प्रशाद चढाऊगी.पर भगवान तक  मेरी अर्जी जब तक  लगी  तब तक काफी देर हो चुकी थी. बरसात के लिए खुशी की आहा अब तक दुख भरी  आह  मे बदल चुकी थी. सरकार, प्रशासन और अडोस- पडोस को कोसते हुए नम हुई आखों से सारे काम भूल कर झाडू, कटका लिए बरसात के रुकने की इंतजार कर रही हूं !!!

आई बरसात तो … बरसात ने दिल तोड दिया

कैसा लगा आपको ये व्यंग्य जरुर बताईएगा :)

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15. Terry Pratchett’s Final Book Gets Deluxe Edition

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16. #719 – Monster & Me #5: Monster Needs Your Vote by Paul Czajak & Wendy Grieb

Yesterday was “National Friendship Day.” To all my cyber-friends and fantastic readers, I am thrilled to know you! I also have a new friend in my life. Her name is Molly, she’s eight-years-old, and her four paws follow me everywhere. (The kitties are adjusting fine to a dog that pays them no mind—except for the occasional nose-to-nose greeting.)


Welcome to the “Monster Needs Your Vote” Campaign Tour!

Plus, I have wonderful character-friends in Boy and Monster who—with Paul Czajak and Wendy Grieb—have a new picture book in their award-winning Monster & Me series. This new, relevant picture book is entitled Monster Needs Your Vote. So forget about Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and . . . 


#5 needs your vote
Monster & Me #5: Monster Needs Your Vote

Written by Paul Czajak
Illustrated by Wendy Grieb
Mighty Media Kids         8/25/2015
32 pages         Age 2—6 +

“Today’s readers are tomorrow’s leaders. Election season is finally here, and Monster can’t wait to run for president. But getting voters to care about his campaign is harder than it looks—until he finds a monstrous cause worth fighting for. Show your kids that whether you’re blue, red, or 9 feet tall and furry, real change can come from the most unexpected places (even if you’re not technically qualified to run for office).” [publisher website]

The Monster & Me series has been one of my favorites since Monster needs a [Halloween] Costume. Always fresh, humorous, and on point, Monster & Boy give children young and old enjoyable stories for anytime of the day, not simply at bedtime. But, if you enjoy giggles, smiles, and sweet Monster dreams, each of the Monster & Me books are perfect for a bedtime reading—night, after night, after night . . .(how many editions are there?)


Monster Needs Your Vote, the 5th Monster & Me picture book, is a timely story given the beginning of the presidential nominations and soon the 2016 election. Monster runs into a few Presidential candidates while at the fair. He decides he must vote in this election. Boy nicely tells Monster he is not old enough to vote—he’s not yet eighteen! Undeterred, Monster decides if he cannot vote he will participate in the election by running for President of the United States. Boy, Monster’s constant companion, tells Monster he needs a “platform.” (One of many larger-election terms that will have children learning new words.) Monster’s platform is one kids will love and understand but, voting adults just do not comprehend the importance of Monster’s platform—or his next.

Monster’s second platform, a black and white illustration, with period clothes, will remind most adults of the 1930s and a famous election quote. Only when Monster sees a closed sign does he find the issue/platform with the potential to propel Monster to Mr. President Monster. The other Presidential contenders begin to look discouraged, until . . . dear Monster receives horrible news from two dull-looking men—government types. In the end, Monster wins . . . just not the Presidency.

It is clear to me that Monster makes the perfect candidate, given his persistence, comic antics, and Boy’s unwavering support. Like most candidates, Monster runs into a few problems along the way. With each problem, Monster rallies back stronger and more determined. He learns to take a stand for things he believes in, despite all those set-backs. With Boy’s campaign advice and encouragement, Monster finds the courage he needs to persist. Monster is infectious on the campaign trail and is adorable in his organic presidential blue suit.


Wendy Grieb’s illustrations have remained consistent between books, helping to endear the Monster & Me brand. Her palette is bright when needed, like the stunningly red full-page background that makes Monster and Boy POP! I enjoyed all the wonderful details on each spread. Boy is not the only kid to have a Monster pal. One young girl rides upon an ostrich-like bird with Big Bird-ish legs; an oval, purple body with green feathers; a giraffe-like neck; and a prehistoric-like pelican head. I love this highly imaginative monster, along with all the other new, maybe-old-enough-to-vote monsters that stand among the adults. Sadly, a few monsters are kidless, so I hope there is a matching service for kids and monsters somewhere on the Internet.

Paul Czajak’s newest Monster & Me picture book is perfect for the upcoming elections. Though written for preschool children older kids will enjoy Monster’s political career while learning the basics of U. S. Elections. This means Czajak often used an election-related higher vocabulary: cast, platform, issues, oratory, grassroots, and mission to name a few. Grab a dictionary kids—one you must flip through to find a word—it’s time to expand your vocabulary. Which brings me to what is probably the first negative thing I have ever said about this humorous and often educational Monster & Me series. Given the number of election and campaign words Czajak so deftly included in his story, a glossary would have been a welcome addition.

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Monster Needs Your Vote is written in rhyme with the sing-song quality I love. Parents won’t mind multiple reads thanks to Czajak’s strong voice, and the words and verses which leave your lips like a perfect melody. Grieb’s art captivates readers’ and their young listeners. Her humor is infectious. Czajak and Grieb are the perfect collaborators for Monster & Me. I hope the pair continue telling Boy and Monster’s story. Is there another Monster political caper coming soon?

“And  Monster’s roar in politics had only just begun.”

Monster Needs Your Vote meets Common Core and many state curriculum standards. Teachers, parents, and librarians can download a free Monster & Me Series Educator’s Guide and Event Kit. Monster Needs Your Vote is appropriately dedicated to “all the librarians in the world.”



MONSTER NEEDS YOUR VOTE (Monster & Me #5). Text copyright © 2015 by Paul Czajak. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Wendy Grieb. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Mighty Media Kids, Minneapolis, MN.

Purchase Monster Needs Your Vote at AmazonBook DepositoryIndieBound BooksMighty Media Kids.

Learn more about Monster Needs Your Vote HERE.
Schedule a Skype in the Classroom Campaign Stop with Paul Czajak HERE.
Find Monster’s Campaign Kit HERE.  (contains the reviewer’s apology, um, a glossary of election terms)
Download Coloring Pages HERE.

Check out what Monster dreams about HERE.  (short animated story)

Visit Boy & Monster’s Twitter Page:  https://twitter.com/MonsterandBoy

Meet the author, Paul Czajak, at his website:  http://paulczajak.com/
Meet the illustrator, Wendy Grieb, at her twitter page: https://twitter.com/boodlewink 
Find more Monster & Me books at the Mighty Media Kids website:  http://blog.mightymediapress.com/

Mighty Media Kids is an imprint of Mighty Media Press.

AWARDS for the Monster & Me series
A Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Recipient—2011
A Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Recipient—2013




Monster & Me series
#1: Monster Needs a Costume (review HERE)
#2: Monster Needs His Sleep (review HERE)
#3: Monster Needs a Christmas Tree (reviewed soon)
#4: Monster Needs a Party (Unfortunately, I missed this edition—”AW!”)
#5: Monster Needs Your Vote (Well, go to the top and read again!)

#1 - needs a costume

#2 needs his sleep

#3 - needs a christmas tree#4 - needs a party





Also by Paul Czajak
Seaver the Weaver (illustrated by the Brothers Hilts)




Copyright © 2015 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews. All Rights Reserved

Full Disclosure: Monster Needs Your Vote (Monster & Me #5), by Paul Czajak & Wendy Grieb, and received from Mighty Media Kids, (an imprint of Mighty Media Press), is in exchange NOT for a positive review, but for an HONEST review. The opinions expressed are my own and no one else’s. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


The Preceding Review was an Unpaid Announcement from KLR. — Boy, Campaign Manager

Filed under: 5stars, Books for Boys, Children's Books, Favorites, Library Donated Books, Picture Book, Series Tagged: campaigning, civics, humor, Mighty Media Kids, monster, Monster & Me, Monster Needs Your Vote, Paul Czajak, politics, United States Presidential elections, voting, Wendy Grieb

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17. पहला कदम पहली मुस्कान

पहला कदम पहली मुस्कान

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टेलिविजन पर एक विज्ञापन आता था. वो पहला कदम पहली मुस्कान…. जिसमे मम्मी अपने नन्हे से  बच्चे को चलना सीखाती है और एक दिन उसे उसी के नन्हे नन्हे पैरो से डगमगाते हुए चलते देख कर भावुक हो जाती है.सच मे समय ऐसे ही बदलता रहता है.आज जो बच्चे थे वो अब बडे हो रहे हैं और वो अपने बडो को भी सीखा रहे हैं अब आप सोच रहे होगें कि बच्चे क्या सीखाएगे. हैरान होने की जरुरत नही अब आप खुद ही देखिए अगर कुछ नेट पर,मोबाईल पर मैसेज या फोटो कैसे लेनी है या कुछ भी पूछना है तो बच्चो को सारी जानकारी होती है इसलिए यह सब हम बच्चो से ही तो सीखते हैं.

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अब देखिए ना बडे बडे शहरो मे मैट्रो चलने लगी हैं. शापिंग माल, पीवीआर इत्यादि खुल गए हैं. अब वो इतने बडे यानि बहुमंजिला होते हैं  कि  उसमे लिफ्ट भी होती है और ऐस्कीलेटर भी.ये भी सब नए जमाने की तकनीक है और हमे इनके साथ भी चलना चाहिए पर कई बार डर भी लग जाता है.  मेरी सहेली मणि ने बताया कि उसका बडा बेटा गुडगाव मे सर्विस कर रहा है जब वो उससे मिलने गए तो उन्होने पिक्चर का प्रोग़ाम बना लिया. उस पीवीआर और शापिगं माल पर ऐस्कीलेटर था. पता नही पर मणि  को उससे बहुत डर लगता था तो  बस उसने  ऐलान कर दिया कि वो किसी भी हालत मे इस पर नही जाएगी और वो सभी बिना पिक्चर देखे वापिस जाऐगे. ऐसे मे मणि का बेटा पहले तो मम्मी को समझाता रहा फिर उसने बहुत प्यार और नर्मी  से मम्मी का हाथ पकडा और मासूमियत से बोला कि बस जैसे मै कहू वैसे ही करते रहना. मणि की दिल की धडकने बढे जा रही थी और पैर कापें जा रहे थे. लाख मना करने के बावजूद बेटा नही माना और बडो की तरह समझाते हुए उस ऐस्कीलेटर पर पहला कदम रखने को कहा. जब मणि की  एक ना चली तो उसने हिम्मत दिखाई और कुछ ही पलो मे वो ऊपर की ओर जा रहे थे.

ऐसी ही हिम्मत बढाने के लिए उसने दो तीन चक्कर और लगवाए इससे मणि का  पूरा डर खुल गया. उसने मुझे बहुत भावुक होते हुए बताया कि उसे वो समय याद आ गया जब बचपन मे वो बेटे को  चलना सीखाती थी और  जब वो चलते चलते  जमीन पर गिर जाता था था तो कभी झूठ मूठ से फर्श की पिटाई करती और कभी कहती ओ देखो ये तो चींटी मर गई आपके नीचे आकर. आज बातो बातो मे बॆटे ने भी बहुत सारे कारण देकर उसका ध्यान बांटा  और उसके अंदर छिपे हुए डर को चुटकियो मे भगा दिया. तो बताईए परिवर्तन अच्छे ही हुए ना.

मणि की बातो ने, सच मे, सोचने को मजबूर कर दिया कि समय के साथ हमेशा मिलकर चलने मे ही भलाई है.कोई बडा छोटा नही होता.सभी से मिलकर दोस्त बन कर रहना चाहिए.हम सभी एक दूसरे के काम आते है और यही तो है परिवार.बात यह भी नही है कि बेटी बेटे की बजाय ज्यादा ध्यान रखती है यह हमारी अपनी सोच है जैसा आप परिवार मे माहौल देंगे आपको वैसा ही मिलेगा.

कल आपने बच्चे को उंगली पकड कर चलना सीखाया आज वो आपकी आप उंगली थाम कर चल रहे हैं. किसी ने सच ही कहा है कि रिश्ते हथेली पर मिट्टी की तरह होते हैं यदि ढीले से पकडेगें तो वो रहेगे और अगर कस कर पकडेगे तो आपकी ऊगलियोँ मे से निकल जाएगे. अपना छोटा सा संसार सहेज कर रखे आपको यह परिवर्तन प्यारा लगेगा.

कैसा लगा आपको ये लेख … जरुर बताईएगा :)

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18. Monday Poetry Stretch - Timeline Poem

So, this isn't really a form, but I can't think of any other way to describe this. I have a number of books I regularly use for inspiration and guidance as I write poetry. One of these books is A Note Slipped Under the Door: Teaching From Poems We Love, written by Nick Flynn and Shirley McPhillips. In the chapter on list poems (the chapter that gives the book its title) is this example.

by Homero Aridjis

On cold mornings the ducks
slide across the ice
after the dry bread
thrown to them by the little girl

In the afternoon
the hungry ducks
cross the street
against the traffic

At night the ducks
nestle beside the frozen canal
they scarcely move
their green heads

At dawn the ducks
sleep beneath the mist
which cover the man
the dog and the stone alike

Though ostensibly a list poem, I love the arrangement of this series of moments in time, hence my term "timeline" poem. Your challenge this week is to write a poem that describes a series of events over some span of time. I hope you'll join me this week in writing a timeline poem. Please share a link to your poem or the poem itself in the comments.

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19. Koyama Press Fall Preview: Lose #7 — now in color

It’s time to get back to what’s best in life: COMICS. The fall publishing season has been announced (and Spring ’16 is coming soon) so here’s some previews of what’s coming starting with Koyama Press . Next month will see the publication of Michael DeForge’s acclaimed series Lose with issues #7, now for the first time […]

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20. Gut

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Most Underrated Organ. Giulia Enders. Illustrated by Jill Enders. 2014/2015. Greystone Books. 288 pages. [Source: Library]

Words to describe this one: Thrilling, Fascinating, Informative, Fascinating.

Gut by Giulia Enders is a compelling, action-packed nonfiction read that I found almost impossible to put down. I read it in two sittings. And I found myself stopping only to share little bits of information with others. My goal: to try to get everyone to read this one! Why? Because I think people NEED to know how the body works, and how ESSENTIAL gut-health is for HEALTH.

Yes, primarily, the book is about "the gut" (digestion from start to finish), but, it is also about how the whole body functions or malfunctions.

 The last third of the book focuses on microbes, or gut flora. This section of the book is so absorbing and enlightening. And part of what makes it so exciting is how much is still not known, how NEW this research still is, and how promising it looks to be. There is still so much we don't know, don't understand, about how our bodies function, and what causes things like diseases and obesity. The link between gut microbes and obesity is certainly attention-grabbing.

From start to finish, I found Gut to be a great read. The jacket copy says that the narrative has "quirky charm" and I quite agree. You can watch this video as well.

Table of Contents:

Gut Feeling
  • How Does Pooping Work? And Why That's An Important Question
  • The Gateway to the Gut
  • The Structure of the Gut
  • What We Really Eat
  • Allergies and Intolerances
The Nervous System of the Gut
  • How Our Organs Transport Food
  • Reflux
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • The Brain and the Gut
The World of Microbes
  • I Am An Ecosystem
  • The Immune System and Our Bacteria
  • The Development of the Gut Flora
  • The Adult Gut Population
  • The Role of the Gut Flora
  • The Bad Guys--Harmful Bacteria and Parasites
  • Of Cleanliness and Good Bacteria

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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21. DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow now has a Hawkman

German actor Falk Hentschel, who has been seen on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Reckless will be joining the cast of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as the newest incarnation of Carter Hall aka Hawkman. The series has already recruited Ciara Renee to play Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl, so it was surely only a matter of time before […]

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22. जब कार चलाना सीखा

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जब कार चलाना सीखा

मुसीबत मोल ली मैने ..

जी हां … आजकल समय ही ऐसा चल रहा है.चारो तरफ टेंशन,परेशानी ही दिखाई देती रहती है. आमतौर पर हम इन तनाव या मुसीबत से छुटकारा पाना चाह्ते है पर दूसरी तरफ एक उदाहरण मै हू जोकि मुसीबत को खुद ही न्यौता दे आई और वो भी पूरे जोश के साथ पर अब कहने को कुछ नही बचा. बस चारो तरफ गहन अंधकार ही अंधकार है. खैर, इससे पहले आप माथे पर बल डाल कर ज्यादा सोचने पर मजबूर हो जाए मै आपको दुख भरी दास्तान सुनाती हूं.

बात ज्यादा पुरानी नही है बस पिछ्ले महीने ही ही है.एक दिन बाजार जाते समय मुझे एक सहेली मिली वैसे स्कूल टाईम मे वो नालायक नम्बर वन थी.पर पता नही आजकल उसे क्या हो गया है इतनी स्मार्ट इतनी स्मार्ट हो गई है कि बस पूछो ही मत.बाल कटवा लिए है धूप का चश्मा पहनने लगी है और सबसे बडी बात की कार चलाती है. बस यही मेरी दुखती रग है.

असल मे, मुझे कार चलानी नही आती. आज के समय मे कार ना चलाना आना हैरानी का विषय ना बने इसलिए मैने उसी समय घर आकर घोषणा कर दी कि कल से मै गाडी चलाना सीख रही  हूं. जो चाहे सो हो. छोटे बेटे ने तुरंत अग़ूंठा दिखा कर मेरा समर्थन किया जबकि 90% परिवार जनो की राय थी कि रहने दो क्या फायदा.

पर मै एक बार जिद कर जाती हू तो फिर अपने आप की भी नही सुनती बडे स्टाईल से डायलाग बोल कर इतराने लगी और कहा कि ठान लिया तो बस ठान लिया और अगले ही दिन ब्यूटी पार्लर मे जाकर छोटे छोटे बाल कटवा लिए और गोगल भी खरीद लिए. अब  भई स्टाईल भी तो मारना जरुरी होता है .जल्दी ही खोज शुरु हुई कार सीखाने वाले की और 15 दिन मे मै फराटे से  कार चलाना सीख गई हालाकि दो चार बार बहुत बुरी तरह बची भी हूं.अब सारी बाते क्या बतानी. आप खुद भी समझदार है….  है ना.

अब आप सोच रहे होंगे कि भई इसमे दुख भरी बात कहा है तो वही बताने तो जा रही हू.कि मुसीबत मोल ली मैने. छोटे छोटे कामो के लिए अब सब मेरा ही मुंह देखते है कि ग़ाडी भी है और ड्राईवर भी.चाहे बाजार से आधा  किलो आलू लाने हो कपडे प्रैस करवाने हो या राशन का सामान हो लाना हो .सब मेरे सिर पर ही आ गया कि कार है ना . पहले दुकान वाले  सामान  आदमी के हाथो भिजवा देते थे पर अब उनका एक ही जवाब होता है कि कार है ना आप ही आ जाओ. आदमी नही ना है. दुकान बंद करके आना पडेगा.वगैरहा वगैरहा.

घर पर किसी के जूते मे मोची से जरा सी कील ही ठुकवानी हो तो भी कार है ना. और तो और जो मेहमान सालों से हमारे यहां नही आए थे जबसे उन्हे पता चला कि मैने कार सीख ली है वो आने को तैयार है.हफ्ते दस दिन का कार्यक्रम बना कर आ रहे है. पहले उन्हे रेलवे स्टेशन लेने जाओ फिर आवभगत,जायकेदार व्यंजन बनाओ,सेवा करो और  फिर अलग अलग जगह सुबह से शाम तक  दिल्ली दर्शन  करवाओ शापिंग करवाओ और फिर रात को लजीज व्यंजन से स्वागत करो ताकि वो नाराज ना हो जाए.

पहले तो मात्र घर ही सम्भालती थी पर अब जबसे कार चलाना सीखा है बस मानो मुसीबत ही मोल ले ली है मैने.अब तो दोहरी भूमिका हो गई है.घर पर सब निश्चिंत होकर बैठे है और सभी खुश है कि अब तो दिक्कत की कोई बात ही नही है.पर मै सिर पकड कर बैठी हूं कि क्यो मैने कार चलाना सीखा और अपने पैरो पर खुद कुल्हाडी मार ली.बेटे ने जो उस दिन अगूंठा दिखा कर मेरी बात का समर्थन किया था  मुझे वो थम्स अप की बजाय  ठेंगा लग रहा है. कुछ भी कहो  इसमे अब कोई मेरी मदद नही कर सकता क्योकि यह मुसीबत खुशी खुशी मैने ही मोल ली थी… अब तो इसे भुगतना तो पडेगा ही पडेगा….

कैसा लगा आपको ये व्यग्य … जरुर बताईएगा :)


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23. Babar Playing Indian in BABAR COMES TO AMERICA

I am always grateful to readers who write to me. Sometimes they write with a question. Sometimes they write to thank me for a review. Sometimes, they send me something to take a look at. This morning's mail had one of the later.

Tricia wrote to tell me about a page in Babar Comes to America. As I read her email, I remember seeing that book in a bookstore and snapping a photo of the page she sent to me. I'd lost track of it and am grateful to Tricia for sending it along so I can include it in AICL's Foul Among the Good page.

Published in 1965 by Random House and again in 2008 by Abrams, Babar Comes to America is by Laurent de Brunhoff.  One of the places Babar visits is the Grand Canyon, where "Babar and Arthur pay a visit to the Indians":

Helen Therese Frank writes:
To source this new title about America, de Brunhoff and his wife were invited to the United States in 1963, with expenses paid by the American publisher and several American companies who are acknowledged in the text and illustrations (Hildebrand, 1991).
Presumably, de Brunhoff and his wife were actually at the Grand Canyon, but what Indians did they see there? Was there really one called "Chief Sitting Bull" who was telling "hunting tales" and "the legend of the White Buffalo"?! Was he sitting on a drum? Was he barefoot?!

It is possible--but not likely--that de Brunhoff saw a "Sitting Bull" but this all strikes me as the imaginings of an outsider who was there but didn't understand what he saw. Rather than depict what he saw with accuracy, de Brunhoff turned to stereotyping when he created this in 1963.

Why, I wonder, did that page go unchanged when the book was published again in 2008? Who, I wonder, edited the book at Abrams? If changes can be made to Curious George playing Indian, I think they can be made to Babar Comes to America, too. What do you think?

This is the second post I've done on Babar. The first one was about Babar's World Tour.

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24. Replacement parts

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