What Language Is (And What It Isn’t And What It Could Be) by John McWhorter

**Giveaway Here!** Stars: **** Penguin Group USA (2011)Nonfiction – Linguistics240 pages Summary:An eye-opening tour for all language lovers, What Language Is offers a fascinating new perspective on the way humans communicate. From vanishing languages spoken by a few hundred people to major tongues like Chinese, with copious revelations about the hodgepodge nature of English, John… Read More »

Teacher’s Gotta Dance by Philip M. Fishman

Stars: *** 1/2 Createspace (2010)Memoir200 pages Summary: At 66, Philip Fishman decides he wants to become a teacher. This is the story of his (very) short lived career. It’s a memoir of that choice and that adventure and where it lead him. It’s also the story of what he learned during his few weeks as… Read More »

Homework for Grownups: Everything You Learned At School and Promptly Forgot by E. Foley & B. Coates

Stars: ***** Harper Collins Canada (2010)Canadian EditionNonfiction432 pages Summary: Homework for Grown-ups is a brilliantly informative and entertaining book of old-school knowledge for adults. It is the ultimate refresher course on mathematics (remember Pythagoras’ theorem? You will!), English grammar and literature (do you know your Margarets?), and chemistry and the sciences (including the big bang… Read More »

Speed Reviews – Adult Nonfiction

I have a bunch of books that just never got reviewed and I want to start fresh ASAP and review books within a week or two of reading it at the most. So I need to catch up on these reviews. Considering I read these over a year ago, I may not remember enough for… Read More »

Green Books Campaign – Meet the Teacher: How to Help Your Child Navigate Elementary School

This review is part of the Green Books campaign.Today 200 bloggers take a stand to support books printed in an eco-friendly manner by simultaneously publishing reviews of 200 books printed on recycled or FSC-certified paper. By turning a spotlight on books printed using eco- friendly paper, we hope to raise the awareness of book buyers… Read More »

Draw Plus Math: Enhance Math Learning Through Art Activities by Freddie Levin

Stars: ***** Peel Productions 2010For ages 6 and up978-0-939217-90-8 Summary: Your child can learn math skills while having fun drawing. My eldest child is not quite five but she loves math and drawing so she had fun going through this book with me. Each lesson has a colour drawing and either a bunch of questions… Read More »

The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller

Stars: ***** Jossey-Bass (March 2009)Adult NonfictionEducation, Reading, Literature Study This is one of the few books published in 2009 that wasn’t a review book. I actually picked this up at the library, obviously it was the title that caught my eye. This book’s general audience is teachers and anyone else who teaches reading and a… Read More »