Shades of gray by Carolyn Reeder

I read this book as a school assignment. It was really good.

Short summery.

After the Civil War, Will Page; a boy from Winchester, moves to Virginia to live with his Aunt, Uncle, and his ten-year-old cousin after losing his family to the war. Since the war Will has thought that his uncle was a traitor and he hated the thought of living with him. Will has to learn to work on a farm after being looked after by slaves his entire life.

I really liked the story, I’m not usually into Historical Fiction but I loved this one. The story was interesting and it’s also a short read so it’s it’s a good book for some of you people who may not have a lot of time for reading an entire novel. For me the story-line was pretty unique but I haven’t read a lot of Historical Fiction.

I definitely recommend this book, especially if you want to learn, or refresh your memory about the Civil War

Flowers for Algernon

Written by;Daniel Keyes

Summery: Charlie Gordon is a mentally retarded man, who is chosen for a operation that will hopefully make him smarter.

Slowly the experimental surgery turns Charlie into a genius. But Charlie’s personality begins to change, he becomes impatient with everyone around him, and begins to drink quite a bit, and doubt himself. He grows confused about his feelings towards women as well.

What I thought: The book has an interesting beginning and I liked where it was going. The story-line is very unique and is told by Charlie. The main problem I had was how much detail they went into while Charlie did some things. A lot of times Charlie came off as a bit of a pervert, mostly only in flashbacks. But I really did enjoy the story and I would say if you haven’t read it yet, you should!

It was pretty sad too. The story is just so heartbreaking all the way through the books, and I should warn you, you probably will not want to put it down, so make sure you have a few hours of free time before you read the first page.

I would suggest this book for anyone in highschool or above, just because though I feel like it’s a great book, some of the content is too mature for anyone younger.

I hope you get the chance to read this book.

Thanks for reading!

Mr. Popper’s penguins

Mr.Popper’s Penguins was possibly the most adorable book I have ever read!

Basically it’s about a house painter who has a huge fascination with the arctic and with the south and north pole. After writing a letter to an explorer–Admiral Drake–with some questions, the admiral sends a package to the Popper’s household containing a live penguin. The Poppers have to renovate a little to make the penguin;Captain Cook more comfortable in there home.

Captain Cook begins to act a little Ill so Mr. Popper sends a letter to the curator of an aquarium asking if he knew what was going on. The curator responded that Captain Cook may be lonely, this resulted in yet another crate containing a live penguin; Greta.

Eventually the family notices Greta is laying eggs and the Poppers end up with ten extra penguins. Having twelve penguins in the house the Poppers decide to create their own little South Pole in their basement complete with a skating rink.

Next thing ya know they are traveling America as “Mr. Popper’s preforming penguins” In the end Admiral Drake takes the beloved penguins to the North Pole to  start a breed of penguins. Mr. Popper tags along for the trip and the story ends.

If you ask me this story was so cute! It’s a great book for reading to a toddler at night or just winding down after a long day. The book isn’t very long it would probably take most people a couple hours.

I will most likely be reading it again.

Thanks for reading.

 

Cheaper by the dozen by Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth.

Frank Gilbreth was a man whose main goal in life was to make everything more efficient. Mr. Gilbreth and his wife Lillian agreed on having exactly a dozen children six boys and six girls. This book tells the many exciting stories that happened in Mr. Gilbreth’s life.

Summary of my favorite stories.
The first story I would like to write about takes place in chapter 15 titled “Gilbreths and Company.”
Frank Gilbreth decided to begin an experiment in which he invited guests over to make them feel at home. It started with some “practice” on having good manners. If a child were to eat too much food at once he would suffer a small blow to the head from Mr.Gilbreth or one of the children next to him. They had many incidents occur while guest were present. One time a man by the name of George Isles, who came over for dinner. He told a story of a very lonely and sad man who had made the statement that he had “no children to love him,” later revealing that the man in the story was in fact Mr. Isles. Lillian—who was her mother’s namesake—was very upset by this seeing as she was the child who had been selected to care for Mr. Isles and make him feel at home, She told him that he did have children who loved him. Ever since when he came to visit he would bring the children and their mother a box of chocolate when he would visit and Little Lillian would get one all to herself.

Another story in this chapter begins by informing the readers of a joke Mr. Gilbreth used to say. Whenever his stomach rumbled at the table he would pick one child to pick on and blame the noise on him or her. Now one night when the family had a guest over named Russell Allen little Jack burped very loud and had blamed it on the unsuspecting guest. After Lilly –the mother—had made a comment on how rude it had been, Jack got up and ran to the kitchen. Everyone sat in awkward silence until finally Mr. Gilbreth got up and asked Jack to apologize.

The next chapter I’d like to share from would be chapter 18 named “motorcycle Mac,” now the older girls had all had boys following them around but there was one boy who got into more trouble than the rest, motorcycle Mac thought it would be a good idea to climb the cherry tree outside Ernestine’s window and peek in. Ernestine saw his shadow outside the window and informed her older sister Anne who came up with an idea to scare the boy out of the tree. Grabbing items to make torches the children lit a fire and went to the bottom of the tree while Ernestine stayed in the room to keep his attention. After Mac noticed Anne she began to threaten to “burn him at the stake,” He was pretty terrified. Eventually the children went back inside after calling out a few more threats and Motorcycle Mac left.

I have to say this was a really good book. It had good humor and the story was written well. Not to mention that the movie and the book line up perfectly. Now of course I’m talking about the original 1950 version.

Story of my Life by Helen Keller

This was actually a school assignment I wrote.

 

When Helen was less than two years old she became very ill. Her parents and doctor believed the illness to be Scarlet Fever and did not believe she would make in through the night. Luckily Helen did survive but had lost her sense of sight and hearing to the brutal illness.
Growing up Helen had not learned how to communicate and her manners were none existent. She would bite people if she didn’t wish to go where they lead her, and would scream I’ve she did not like l something. Her parents had no idea what to do. They called a famous doctor in hopes that he would be able to heal her but he only promised to send a teacher to help Helen communicate.

This story really begins when Helen’s teacher; Anne Sullivan shows up at the Keller house in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Helen recalls the day when Anne’s teaching finally clicked and she remembered that she used to cal water “Wah Wah” Anne taught Helen that things have names and how to finger-spell into each others hands to communicate. Sullivan also taught Helen to read Braille.

Helen recalls loving to read and also write to people.
Helen talks about how Anne took her to the Perkins school for further learning. They spent a lot of time there off and on, Spending some time taking trips to other states. The two also spent time at the Wight-Humason School in New York City in hopes that Helen would learn how to speak properly—she did.

Helen writes about how much she enjoyed playing with the little girls at school, and how much she liked that the other girls were ether blind or deaf just like her.

Towards the end of the book Helen includes some letters she wrote to friends and teachers she met in her schools. One of the letters talks about how her father died while she was away, and another talks about her applying to college.
Helen continued her schooling at Radcliff College with her teacher by her side spelling every lecture into her hand and helping her study. Helen became the first Blind-Deaf person to ever complete college.