Book Review: Florence & Leon by Simon Boulerice, Delphie Côté-Lacroix (Illustrations), Sophie B Watson (Translation).

 

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Synopsis:

Florence and Leon have never met. Florence is a swimming instructor. She has a small problem with her lungs: it’s as if she’s breathing through a straw. Leon is an insurance salesman. He has a small problem with his eyes: it’s as if he’s seeing the world through a straw. One day Florence and Leon bump into each other, literally, and this mishap turns their lives upside down. Over slushy drinks with proper straws, Florence and Leon find out how their differences make them alike.

 

Book Review:

This lovely picture book tells a story about two people who meet one day and they seem to “click” immediately, they share stories of their own disabilities (Florence has a problem with her lungs and Leon has a problem with his eyes) and try to relate to each other.

The romance is sweet and the illustrations are beautiful. This is a children’s book but I think teens and adults would enjoy it too.

 

My rating:   ★ ★ ★ ★

Do I recommend this book? Yes.

Will I read more books from this author? Yes.

 

“I received a copy of this Ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.”

Book Review: Meet Yasmin! By Saadia Faruqi.

Book Synopsis

Meet Yasmin! Yasmin Ahmad is a spirited second-grader who’s always on the lookout for those “aha” moments to help her solve life’s little problems. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and her big imagination, she boldly faces any situation, assuming her imagination doesn’t get too big, of course! A creative thinker and curious explorer, Yasmin and her multi-generational Pakistani American family will delight and inspire readers.

Book Review

This book is about Yasmin, she’s a creative Pakistani American girl with a natural curiosity and an amazing family who loves her and supports her.

It was great to read a story that shows diversity in their characters and I love the fact that includes some words in Urdu (a language from Pakistan) with their English translation and also some interesting facts about that Country (it’s a good way to learn more about other cultures).

This book tells a story that is fresh and fun to read, in addition it has beautiful illustrations that make it even more engaging for younger readers.

As an adult I loved this book, will definitely recommend it and look forward to read more books from Saadia Faruqi in the future.

 

* I received an ARC of this book trough NetGalley*

Book Recommendation: “Heart: A School-boy’s Journal” by Edmundo de Amicis

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The first time I read this book I think I was about 7 or 8 years old, I remember the beautiful hardcover edition my parents bought me (that I re-read several times).
To this day this book keeps a special place in my heart.

Here’s the book description for the English version (as appears in Amazon):

Written following the Italian war for independence by a sub-lieutenant who had fought in the siege of Rome in 1870, Heart is the fictional diary of a boy’s third year in a Turin municipal school. It was written to foster juvenile appreciation of the new found Italian national unity, which the author had fought for in the recent war. The book is often highly emotional, even sentimental, but gives a vivid picture of urban Italian life at that time. A master, introducing a new pupil, tells the class, “Remember well what I am going to say. That this fact might come to pass–that a Calabrian boy might find himself at home in Turin, and that a boy of Turin might be in his own home in Calabria, our country has struggled for fifty years, and thirty thousand Italians have died.”
The novel became internationally popular, and has been translated into over twenty-five languages, and is part of the UNESCO Collection of Representative Works. Edmundo de Amicis (1846-1908) established a reputation as a writer in various genres after his experience as a soldier.

This is a book I absolutely love (with amazing characters and beautifully written) that, if you haven’t read yet, I recommend adding to your Reading List.

Note: Is important to mention that the author’s name can be found also written as “Edmondo” (depending on the language).

Food and Cooking: Breakfast assignment

One of the assignments from the course of Nutrition and Cooking in which I’m enrolled was make a “Balanced Breakfast”, here’s a photo of what I prepared:

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Omelette ingredients: Eggs, cheese, mushrooms, cooking spray (olive oil), parsley flakes.

Yogurt mix ingredients: Plain yogurt, strawberries, granola and blackberries.

Source of proteins: Eggs, cheese, yogurt.
Source of carbohydrate (grains): Granola
Vegetables: Mushrooms
Fruits: Strawberries and blackberries.

Book Review: Destiny’s Call (The LightBridge Legacy, #1) by Elayne G. James

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Book Description (from Goodreads):

The LightBridge Legacy Series chronicles the unexpected adventures of a 12 year-old girl who learns she has been chosen by a race of ancients to inherit the most powerful magical object in the world.

Book Review:

Destiny’s Call (Book 1 of the LightBridge Legacy’s Series) is about Ani Jasper, a teenager from the Mojave Desert whose life takes an unexpected turn when she finds a mysterious stone in the desert and strange things start to take place in her life.

When Ani’s family moves to New York she has to face several changes and challenges. I really enjoyed this part of the book with a great story about growing up, starting a new life in a new city, making new friends, dealing with the public school and the impact of all decisions in family life.

I don’t want to give many spoilers about the story, but what I can say about the book is that the writing is really good (descriptive, detailed, engaging) and the characters are interesting (besides the protagonist, I especially liked C.J. who is Ani’s friend and Kahete, Ani’s godfather ).

This is a great book full of magic, legends, adventures, real teen problems and supernatural elements that I truly recommend and I think it will be an enjoyable read for teens and also for adults who enjoy fantasy and adventures genre.


 

Hobbies and E-learning: Acquiring new skills on Music and Cooking

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A few months ago I found an excellent website where you can take different online courses, the site is http://www.cousera.org.

The first course I took (for free) and finished two months ago, was Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning provided by the University of California, Irvine. In this course I learned some basic aspects of IRS, Insurance and Retirement.

The course format included video lectures, quizzes, readings, some peer asignments and you can also interact with your peers through discussion forums.

Like besides reading, other of my hobbies are cooking and music, I recently started other courses on the same website (also offered free of charge):

-Introduction to Guitar by Berklee College of Music
-Child Nutrition and Cooking by Stanford University

The first week of the guitar course was interesting (of course first I had to convince my husband to let me use one of his guitars to practice), the video lectures were entertaining, I learned to identify the different parts of the guitar and even though my fingers hurt at the end of the practice, I felt satisfied because I learned how to play the first two chords 🙂

This week began the course of Nutrition and Cooking, and I’m anxious to start my first assignment in the kitchen.