Thursday, 18 June 2015

Book Review of Something Stinks by Gail Hedricks

I received a free copy of the book from Tumblehome Learning in return for my honest review.

"Something Stinks" by Gail Hedrick is a fascinating novel for pre-teens that includes a wonderful mix of adventure, some risk, some insight into life of middle school students and a whole lot more. An easy read and the kind of book one needs to read from beginning to end, preferably without putting the book down.

The book helps the young student to be inspired to get involved with their studying and to continue learning outside of the classroom. It teaches the importance of developing one's own interests, of trusting ones intuition and seeing through a project even when others do not believe you or understand what you are doing.

The book also teaches important values such as trust, compassion, environmental awareness, honesty, friendship.

The book is well written and there is much to be gained from reading this book.

This review is written by
Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist
Co-Author of "Tuvia Finds His Freedom

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Book Review of The Walking Fish by Rachelle Burk and Kopel Burk

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"The Walking Fish" by Rachelle Burk and Kopel Burk is a novel written for age range from 9-12 years. "The Walking Fish" is an exciting adventure of a young girl and her neighbour when on a summer holiday. Alexis, the main character, makes an important discovery when exploring the lake and overspill pool near the property of her parents summer home.

I absolutely loved the book. The characters were well written and the storyline very descriptive. The book offers the young reader the opportunity to discover the importance of learning biology, geography and science by having these subjects come alive. As an occupational therapist, I appreciated the fact that two of the characters had a disability and yet their disability is mentioned in passing as though it is a part of everyday life. The book also demonstrates the benefits of leisure time activities such as hiking, fishing, cycling, going to the library, going away on vacation.

In a modern age of technology, it was wonderful to see that cell phones were referred to in passing in context with a focus on everyday life. This encourages the youth to use cell phones where needed and not to get pulled into unhealthy habits of being addicted to texting, social networking etc.

The characters and relationships between them highlight the importance of developing healthy relationships with ones parents, grandparents, neighbours and others in the community in which one lives. The adventure also teaches the consequences of not listening to parents and the importance of being honest and taking necessary safety precautions at all times.

I very much enjoyed the fact that the book did not have any violence, foul language, sex or crudeness. Despite not having these negative elements that so many books of today contain, the book has sufficient intrigue, mystery and adventure to keep a person happily absorbed in the story. I enjoyed finding a walking fish on Wikipedia, making the unusual concept an exciting reality.

I highly recommend this book. A wonderful story and very well written.

The book review is written by

Shoshanah Shear

Occupational Therapist and Healing Facilitator

Co-Author of "Tuvia Finds His Freedom" and Artist
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