Monthly Archives: January 2017

A Plea to STEM

There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t hear about the push for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). In this age of technological advancement, it’s no surprise that it has become an integral part of our society. While the support for STEM is undoubtedly positive and necessary, it often leaves out something […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesday: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

It’s hard not to be cliché on Trendy Tuesday, but I couldn’t resist reviewing this classic picture book. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie is the first book of Laura Numeroff’s If You Give… series and was illustrated by Felicia Bond. The storyline (if by chance you’ve never read it or have forgotten over […] Continue reading

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The 13th Zodiac

This is a completely new stuff to me. Before this, I only knew 12 zodiacs, the result of early astronomers dividing the celestial sphere into 12 divisions and calling them 12 signs of zodiacs based on the brightest constellations in the sky at that particular time. Nowadays, people always associate zodiacs to astrology, the field of … Continue reading The 13th ZodiacContinue reading Continue reading

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The Zodiacal Constellations

What are the origins of the zodiac and why are the signs different now?Continue reading Continue reading

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The Fear of Humans

A dramatic and flawed protagonist who likes to faint. Monsters coming to life by stolen body parts and undefined science. Strange murders that happen in a heat of passion. Extremely unreliable narration. Of course, these are just some of the aspects that define Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, Frankenstein as a Gothic novel or modernly known […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Books: We Found a Hat

We Found a Hat Author: Jon Klassen Illustrated by: Jon Klassen When I heard that Jon Klassen had finally written the conclusion to the “Hat,” trilogy, partner to I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat, I jumped at the chance to review it. I was not disappointed. We Found a Hat stays true to […] Continue reading

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The Scale of the Universe

When I first watched the YouTube video titled “The Known Universe by AMNH”, I was blown away by the sheer … MoreContinue reading Continue reading

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Free Friday: The Dark

The Dark Author: Lemony Snicket Illustrated by: Jon Klassen As a child, the first chapter books I ever read were A Series of Unfortunate Events. When I found out that Lemony Snicket aka Daniel Handler also wrote a children’s book called The Dark, I immediately was intrigued. Did you know that Lemony Snicket is Daniel […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursday: No, David!

No, David! Author & Illustrator: David Shannon No, David! always has been one of my favorite childhood bedtime stories. The story is written with very few words, which makes it easy for readers to follow along and even memorize the words. This repetitive story can be read aloud using different humorous voices to represent the […] Continue reading

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To Be a Monster, Physically or Mentally

In Science Fiction and Realism alike, the novels often deal with monsters: monsters that haunt the night in science fiction and monsters that haunt the mind in realism. The monsters in science fiction tend to be physical, while the monsters in realism tend to be mental. To start off, let’s look at the definition of […] Continue reading

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