Monthly Archives: February 2015

Little Kids First Big Book of Bugs (National Geographic Kids)

5 out of 5 stars

Great for 3-6 year olds

If your little one is interested in insects at all, this is a great book to read to them. My 2-year-old daughter, my 4-year-old son, are both enthralled by it: they love the vibrant pictures, the completely age-appropriate facts (and bite-sized, suitable for their short attention span).

The pictures are bright and wonderfully done, there’s nothing that would be at all scary or off-putting, and though you may not make it through the whole book in one sitting, this is definitely one you’ll get your money’s worth out of, going through one small section at a time.

Posted in Children's

Big Words for Little People (written by: Jamie Lee Curtis, illustrated by: Laura Cornell)

Good for toddler-5 year olds

3 out of 5 stars

This is an okay rhyming book. Definitely below the best of Seuess (maybe even below like mediocre Seuss), but better than a lot of what’s up there. It’s well-intentoned and some parts are definitely stronger than others.

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Posted in Children's

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life

4.5 out of 5 stars

Cut to the Chase:

Super-interesting, mostly-research-based book that details the habit loops of people (from athletes to addicts) and organizations. It’s full of interesting anecdotes and small business history lessons and functions mostly as a quick and easy read, one that is full of little snippets of advice on how you might change your personal habit loops, as well as concrete examples of how such patterns have worked in the past. There are definitely times when he’s chosen to present one particular side of a very controversial event, and other times where things seem to be a bit glossed over, but it’s a fun read (which I valued slightly more for entertainment/habit-thought-provoking, than actual research).

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Posted in Nonfiction