Let’s Talk Book Reviews

Where does one go to find a good book review or recommendation? Online, of course! But where online? There are a lot of great websites out there that review all sorts of products. If you want to research a car, you should check out a site like Consumer Reports. We recently discovered Melaleuca products, so we have checked and even posted Melaleuca reviews on several third-party web sites. When it.

Daydream to the top

Dreamers make the world a better place. Everything that you see today that makes your life easier came from a dreamer. Dreams can come true if simple actions are taken. To most, daydreaming can have a negative connotation because it is an effect of detachment from reality. It also can be used as an escape. However if used correctly, daydreaming can be used as a form of visualization. Dreams Can.

… Happily Ever After

A few weeks ago, we featured a post about the ubiquitous story-opening line, “Once upon a time… .”It’s a phrase we all recognize immediately. Just as universally recognized is the phrase that ends so many a children’s story or fairy tale: “And they lived happily ever after.” Happily ever after. One thing about that phrase: It’s so untrue to real life. Not all the time, but very often do stories.

Wellness Through Reading

Books can be very powerful. The words people have read, and the ideas those words have conveyed have shaped the course of human history. Scientists, philosophers, religious leaders, politicians, and explorers have left significant marks on history because of something they read. Books have the power to entertain us and educate us. They can make us laugh, make us cry, make us feel scared, or even incite us to anger..

Once Upon a Time…

“Once upon a time…” Those are four words that we’re all used to hearing at the beginning of a story or tale. It’s everywhere, from children’s fairy tales to the title of a popular television series. But where did the phrase come from? Who was the first to use it? If we take a look at Wikipedia, we learn that the phrase has been in use in the English language.

Camping and Reading: The Perfect Summertime Combination

Since this website is called Storytime Under the Stars, and since we are officially in Summer, we thought we would discuss two of our favorite summertime activities: camping and reading. For many families across the country, once the kids are out of school, it’s time to hit the open road and see the country. Family vacations come in all shapes and sizes, but the iconic summer getaway—in our opinion anyway—will.

Creating a Great Home Environment for Your Children

Reading to and with your children is more than just helping them learn to read or furthering their education. It’s about fostering overall wellness. Dedicated book time in the home is just one way you can and should enhance your home environment. The home is the one place your children should feel safe and secure. In a world of turmoil and chaos, they need to know that no matter what.

Children’s Book Review: Mary Poppins

It’s a shame that most people are more familiar with the big-screen, Disney version of Mary Poppins than we are with the children’s book on which is was based. And while there is a definite charm and attractive quality to the characters played by Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and the like, there is something special and very different about the original characters found in P.L. Travers’ 1934 book. Mary.

A Story That Needs to Become a Movie

It’s summertime, which means there are going to be a slew of blockbuster films to go watch. A story in Idaho news predicts this will be one of the biggest box-office summers ever. The big contenders this summer are “Jurassic World” and “Ant-Man.” Jurassic World is interesting because it is the fourth installment trying to make money off of the late Michael Crichton’s genius. We all love a good sequel,.

What Makes a Good Kids’ Story?

We all have a pretty good idea about what makes a really great novel: a page-turning plot, characters that we relate to, and real conflict are among the big criteria. But what is it that makes great children’s literature? Believe it or not, the same things that go into great adult fiction can and should be woven into children’s storybooks if they are going to be considered great too. However,.

Don’t Let Laziness Deprive Your Kids of a Great Library Experience

Thirty years ago, the best place to find a good book to read, regardless of your age, was the library. Don’t let the Internet of today fool you. It was and still is affordable, convenient and fun to head down to the local library and find something great to read. But libraries are about so much more than just checking out old books. Nowadays, libraries know they have to compete.

Suggestions for Childhood Summer Reading

Ahh, summer. Lazy days. Sleeping in. Running through the sprinklers. Family trips to Yellowstone and the beach. However, when your kids have too much time on their hands, summer can be every bit as challenging as the other months of the year. The theme song to a popular kids’ show on the Disney Channel describes the “problem” of “finding a good way” to spend summer vacation. Of all the things.

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