Monthly Archives: January 2015

Great events and figure in the time of Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton 25 December 1642 – 20 March 1726/7(due to different calendars) What happened during Newton’s lifetime? 1. English Revolution It was a bourgeois revolution, during which the bourgeois destroyed the last feudalism in Britain, bringing democratic ideas to people. 2. Glorious Revolution This revolution was the overthrow of King James and his policies of religious… Continue reading Continue reading

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What happend while Galileo Galilei was alive?

– Galileo Galilei 15 Feb. 1564 — 8 Jan. 1642 Galileo Galilei lived a pretty long life. So what happened during that time period? 1). Under the rule of Suleiman the Magnificent, Ottoman Empire achieved its peak for ruling Middle East, East Europe and North Africa, controlling the land merchant way between Europe and Asia. … Continue reading What happend while Galileo Galilei was alive? Continue reading Continue reading

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Free Fridays: Me with You – A Captivating & Quick Read

I saw this book in the Peabody Library and was immediately drawn to it. The illustrations in this book, created by Christopher Denise, are intricate, colorful, and heartwarming.  They go along beautifully with the text, advancing the story by demonstrating so much emotion through facial expressions and colors. Published in 2013, Me with You by Kristy Dempsey centers […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context: Isaac Newton

Major Contributions: Isaac Newton (1642 – 1726) established the most basic principles used in physics and astronomy. He is known for developing the idea of gravity and transposing the micro events occurring on Earth to the macro motion of celestial bodies like the Moon. He realized that the reason why objects fall on Earth has to […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Traditional Thursdays: The Wreck of the Zephyr

This book is not all that traditional, but having been published in 1983, I think Traditional Thursdays is the best place to review The Wreck of the Zephyr. This is honestly one of my favorite books from my childhood and I was quite surprised that nobody had done it for this blog before. The Wreck of […] Continue reading

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Winners Wednesday: Rita Williams-Garcia and One Crazy Summer

During this past month, we honored Dr. King and celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. So, what better time to discuss the Coretta Scott King Award than now! The award, named after the wife of Dr. King, is given annually to outstanding African-American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults. The award has […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Galileo Galilei: 2/15/1564- 1/8/1642 Brief Profile Galilei is known as the “father of science” as well as the “father of modern physics”. He discovered the different phases of Venus via a telescope and also discovered for moons that orbited around Jupiter. Galilei also spent time studying the Sun, in particular he looked at sunspots and […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Johannes Kepler is arguably one of the most important astronomers in history.  Kepler was born on December 27, 1571 and died on November 15, 1630.  During his lifetime he was an apprentice to the famous astronomer Tycho Brahe, continuing Brahe’s work after his death. During this time Kepler developed his three laws of planetary motion, […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesdays: Sofia the First Princesses to the Rescue!

Sofia the First is currently a popular children’s show on Disney Junior. According to Disneyjunior.com, the series tells the story of Sofia who becomes the princess of Enchancia when her mother marries the king. She goes on many different adventures, and different Disney princesses join her along the way. I was not aware of the television […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Books: Under the Freedom Tree!

Under the Freedom Tree By: Susan VanHecke Illustrated by: London Ladd   Through free verse poetry and bold illustrations, Susan VanHecke and London Ladd work together to share the story of the end of slavery. Beginning in 1861, Frank, James, and Shepard embark on their journey to escape slavery. The men end up in Slabtown, […] Continue reading

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