Books, books, books!

I’ve had a terrible time lately finding time to do book reviews!   In an attempt to catch up on months of neglect in one fell swoop, I’m going to tell you briefly about each of the books I’ve gotten recently.

E is For Ethics contains several dozen short stories about various ethical dilemmas and include discussions of virtues such as honesty, loyalty, and compassion. I’ve read several chapters out loud to my kids at lunch time. In each case the stories were interesting conversation starters. Since the book is not faith-based, I do think the book just begins the conversation. I can’t talk about ethics without talking about faith too. But I did like that the book has given us a reason to talk about a variety of topics.  Bonus: here’s a link for a free coloring book that goes with the book.

I got The Colors of Grief from Tapestry, an online bookstore that specializes in adoption-related books. It took me awhile to get around to picking up this book. Frankly, it is a tough topic, and not one that I tend to be ready to focus on at the end of a long day.   However, when I did pick this up, I was soon reminded of just how important this topic is to our adopted kids. They have experienced great loss–yes, even the ones who came to me as preverbal infants. And the more I understand and acknowledge that loss, the more compassionate I can be in my dealings with them.

Head First 2D Geometry is billed as a way to give a non-math-oriented kid a boost up in understanding geometry. The lively illustrations are reminiscent of a comic book— actually, if you own any of the Tightwad Gazette books, that’s the style of this book. Lots of stories, lots of pictures. It is definitely a livelier explanation of geometry than I’ve ever seen. This book looks to be a great boost to a kid who struggles with math but really needs to get through geometry.

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I will be giving away a copy of each of these books. In comments, tell me which of these books sounds most interesting to you, and next week I will pick one winner for each.

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  1. elizabethrose says:

    The Colors of Grief sounds most interesting to me. We have a blended family and I struggle to relate and minister to our kids’ sense of loss. Thanks for the drawing, Mary!

  2. I’d love to read E is for Ethics. Sounds like a winner to me…
    Never commented on your blog, but have been reading it for ages and sharing the link with other Moms looking for recipes, ideas for large families, etc. We only have 6 kids…4 adopted internationally. Wishing for more, though!
    :o)
    Amy

  3. Tracy Adcock says:

    Oooh, I could really use the 2D Geometry book! My daughter is very math challenges and this looks perfect!

  4. We just got home with our little guy from Ethiopia… the colors of grief book sounds like something that would help us out tremendously!

  5. The ethics book sounds like a good one to have in a parenting arsenal. My first child won’t be out of the womb for another 4-5 months, and I’m already getting nervous about how we’ll be able to bring him/her up to be able to navigate all the craziness of the world!

  6. Jeannine says:

    E is for Ethics sounds like something I would enjoy

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