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Review – Mysterious Messages – A History of Codes and Ciphers

Gary Blackwood’s book, Mysterious Messages- A History of Codes and Ciphers is a great read, aimed at children in the 9-12 age range, but which will appeal to adults with a love of history and mysteries as well. Blackwood shows us how some very famous codes were made and broken, and gives the reader lots of bits of codes to workout for themselves. There are some intriguing historical mysteries as well, for instance did Abe Lincoln’s Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton send coded messages as part of the plot to kill Lincoln? Documents unearthed by a history buff in 1962 suggest he may have. This book is a very entertaining and enlightening read for kids and adults.

Popular Characters in Beatrix Potter Books

Beatrix Potter books have been perennial favourites for children of all ages, ever since they made their appearance more than 110 years ago. Some of the characters like Peter Rabbit, and Jemima Puddle duck are extremely well beloved characters in Beatrix Potter books. So, if you do not have a complete collection of Beatrix Potter books, you are missing something in the field of imaginative and classic children’s fiction!

Taking Children’s Demands Wisely

Children today are just too difficult to handle. On one hand, you have their demands & on other hand the expensive items they have demanded. But, it can be really easy to handle all this.

Author Lili Dauphin and Disasters in Haiti

Caribbean-American author Lili Dauphin has much insight as to the problems Haiti has been facing. She has written a series of children’s books, starting with Crying Mountain Crazy Hurricane, based on the life of Tilou, a young Haitian girl.

Review of a Pig Story – ‘Piggis Play Games’ by Dave Donicci

If your children enjoyed reading the Peppa Pig books then they are sure to enjoy this little pig story too. This story uses more advanced vocabulary than the Peppa Pig books so it would serve as a good transition for your child’s reading.

Finding the Best Beatrix Potter Books on the Internet

Do you find Beatrix Potter books fascinating? The delicate art work, the attention to detail, and most of all the amusing characters, which are perennial favourites in child fiction.

Guess How Much I Love You – Sam McBratney’s Childrens Classic

The story “Guess How Much I Love You” is a perfect story for kids and old alike. It awakens the once hidden love that we assume that is obviously seen by both kids and parents, for each other. Contrary to the saying “actions speaks louder than words.” it portrays the unmeasurable love of the father to his son by expressing it with words that the two can only understand.

Book Review – The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

This children’s book is read by the entire United States in middle school, high school and even at universities. Its beautiful short chapters are referred to as vignettes, stringing one poetic chapter to another in a beautiful tone. Cisneros’s use of language is simple enough for any sixth grader to comprehend but at the same time, it is complex enough to stimulate minds at universities.

Beatrix Potter – A Woman in a Man’s World

Few people realize that Beatrix Potter did anything other than write and illustrate beautiful little children’s books but she was actually quite remarkable. At a time when women were to be seen and not heard Beatrix Potter had several papers presented on her behalf, amassed a huge estate, became the President of the Herdwick Sheep Breeders’ Association and at the time of her death left over 4,000 acres of land, cottages, and 15 farms to the National Trust.

Beatrix Potter’s Artistic Training

It’s interesting to note that while Beatrix Potter had no formal education to speak of she did receive several years of art classes from a teacher named Miss Cameron and she eventually earned an Art Student’s Certificate from the Science and Art Department of the Committee of Council on Education for her excellence in freehand and model drawing and flower painting. She also took a 12 lesson course in oil painting in 1883.

Bertha Mahony Miller and Beatrix Potter

Throughout her career as a writer and illustrator of some of the most famous childrens books ever to have been published, Beatrix Potter herself shunned publicity and rarely gave interviews. And of course at that time, famous authors didn’t have to do the grand tour and sign books and give readings to promote their books like they do now.

Beatrix Potter Was an Amazing Woman

It is said by some that Beatrix Potter was a shy woman and very uncomfortable in public. She’d had a very lonely and isolated childhood and her parents were very strict and upright. And because they had schooled her at home, Beatrix had very little contact with the outside world.

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