Posted in Homeschool

Breaking the Barrier Spanish – Review

Wrapping up my third year of formally studying Spanish, I wanted to share my thoughts on the various courses of study I’ve tried throughout the years and what curriculum was the best. I have used Spanish for ChildrenLIFEPAC Spanish, which I’ve previously reviewed, and most recently Breaking the Barrier Spanish, which is undoubtedly the best language course I’ve taken. Continue reading “Breaking the Barrier Spanish – Review”

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Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits,
Take care of your garden, And keep out the weeds,
Fill it with sunshine, Kind words and kind deeds.

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Posted in Book Reviews

Knights In Training

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Knights In Training by Heather Haupt

I know it might seem odd for me to be reading a book about raising boys when I don’t have any children, but bear with me here.

After I began homeschooling, I became interested in learning about different education philosophies. This started me down a path of learning more about children and raising children in general.

To my understanding children are the foundation of society. Every parent, grandparent, aunt, and uncle wants to create a better future for their successors. Since children are the foundation of society, raising them is all about family dynamic and societal beliefs. So really when I read about different education theories or child rearing philosophies, I’m educating myself about society as a whole. Continue reading “Knights In Training”

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Ivanhoe: Dinner and Death

 

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In Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott takes one of my favorite time periods of English history, the twelfth century, and writes an action packed story around a cast of both real and fictional characters. It is by far one of the most entertaining and pleasantly surprising books I’ve had to read for literature class, and I just wanted to share one of my favorite passages from the story which for me really sums up vibe permeating throughout the novel. Continue reading “Ivanhoe: Dinner and Death”

Posted in Beauty and the Beast

Beauty: A Beauty and the Beast Retelling -Review

It’s official. Mismatched Socks now has a whole separate category for reviews of books based on Beauty and the Beast. In addition, I formally announce my quest to find the best retelling. I’ve already said how much I love Beauty and the Beast, and I figured it’s only fair that I give it the attention it deserves. Also, an avid Beauty and the Beast fan I have a duty to warn other Beauty and the Beast fans against all the TERRIBLE retellings out there, and bring good ones to their attention. Therefore, I formally announce my quest for the best Beauty and the Beast retelling. May the best retelling win. (And may the odds be ever in your favor.)

Continue reading “Beauty: A Beauty and the Beast Retelling -Review”

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As Old as Time: Beauty and the Beast Retelling

Another retelling review! (I should just give these a separate category.)

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As Old as Time retells the story of Beauty and the Beast, except this time it’s Beauty’s mother who cursed the Beast. The story features a kingdom full of magical creatures, a conceited and insipid Gaston, and an insane asylum. Add the classic castle full of talking furniture, a cute tea service, and a wonderful love story, and this book should be a smashing success.

Unfortunately, it’s not. Continue reading “As Old as Time: Beauty and the Beast Retelling”

Posted in Life

And She Lives…

I think this is the longest I’ve gone without posting on blog, and I can’t express enough how glad I am to finally be writing again. Continue reading “And She Lives…”

Posted in Book Reviews

Ophelia

How much I love retellings of classic tales must be evident by now. Every time I find new retellings of my favorite stories, I can’t help myself. I get so excited!

I guess, what appeals to me most about retellings is that every author highlights a different perspective of the story and I end up with a more complete picture of my favorite characters’ worlds.

Not to say that the original authors didn’t create vibrant enough worlds. On the contrary, I love their worlds so much that I want to spend even more time in them. I want see what goes on in that world through another lens. Continue reading “Ophelia”

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Monks, Sainted Dogs, and a Boatload of Talmuds

I love middle grade books for several reasons. First of all they always feature fascinating
adventure stories. Second, middle grade authors don’t feel the need to “spice up” their writing with annoying romance side-plots.

So yeah, that was half praise half rant, but you get what I mean. Continue reading “Monks, Sainted Dogs, and a Boatload of Talmuds”

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On Pestilences like Scholastic Publishing

Children’s books are a passion of mine.

Recently my brother brought home a flyer for the Scholastic Book Fair, and as I flipped through its pages I felt myself alternating between rage and despair. Continue reading “On Pestilences like Scholastic Publishing”