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If are like me, you read The Phantom Tollbooth as a child. This book took my mind to places I didn’t know existed! I lived in the world of The Phantom Tollbooth for months after reading it. The puns, word trickery, and characters kept me entertained. Even as an adult this book still does this. It is that good, in my opinion.

I read it to my daughter when she was young and she enjoyed it as well. This book sparks so much imagination and wonder. I believe it brings out the creative wonder and imagination in both child and adult.

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Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What they Tells Us about Ourselves by Frans de Waal

Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about OurselvesMama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves by Frans de Waal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mama’a Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves by Frans de Waal

is a beautiful breath of fresh air for those of us who live with animals and often find ourselves explaining to non-animal people the behaviors of our beloved pets. These behaviors to us are easy to interpret, most of the time. As pet owners, we often say our pets have emotions and can even sense our own moods. We might get an eye-roll or a sideways glance from our non-pet owning friends or family members because they just don’t understand. Frans de Waal is trying to understand but with science.

Frans de Waal isn’t interested so much in the everyday house cat or dog. His focus is more on the behaviors of Primates and no, I am not talking about humans. Although, we do fit into this research. He writes about recognizing ourselves in them. He writes about the relationship between the Chimpanzee Mama with not only her family group but her handlers as well. The relationship between chimpanzees was not just about eating and mating. It was a whole hierarchy of social structure similar to groups of humans, in some ways. Not all of the behavior was mimicked behavior, either. There were form, rules, and status within the groups that to the average viewer would look like chaos. The more he and others watched them, the more they learned there was a reason for what appeared to be chaos was in fact, a social order being run by Mama. The Alpha Female.

He writes about how chimpanzees handle death. How they comfort each other and how they mourn the loss. This, to me, was one of the most interesting parts of the book. We all have heard the stories of dogs, cats and even wild animals standing guard over the body of a deceased group/pack member. Frans De Waal brings some interesting points as to why this takes place.

This is a well-written book, easy to follow, and interesting. It is packed full of great stories and personal accounts. I recommend this to anyone who is fascinated with animal sciences or loves animals in general.

Thank you to W.W. Norton & Company, and Frans de Waal for sending me this great book to review. I am looking forward to the next one. Thank you for the ARC won on Goodreads.
C.H.

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Hitler’s Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch

Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the HolocaustHitler’s Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hitler’s Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch is a mesmerizing and captivating read about a period of much-forgotten history for many.

The story of the boy who started the events which many believed led to the horrors experienced by the Jewish people is one which is not taught in schools today. His story appears to have been lost to our current generation and one which would like to be forgotten by past generations.

Koch writes with great skill, compassion, and research. He leaves few details out when discussing the youth described as the catalyst for Hitler’s plan to remove the Jewish population.

In my opinion, this book should be on the reading list in all high school history classes, colleges and in every home library. This book is important. This is a part of history which should not be forgotten.

Thank you to Stephen Koch, the publishers, and Goodreads for sending me this book to review. I won this book after entering a giveaway on Goodreads.
CH

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A Dog’s Way Home

A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron is continuing my dog themed books for fun this year. As usual, I am late to the party and haven’t had the privilege of reading any of Mr. Cameron’s other books. (Rare brain disease and surgery has me playing catch up.)

I wanted to love this book. I really did. The hype surrounding it is huge. I want you to know I tried. I enjoyed the POV from Bella, her interaction with Lucas and his mother. Some of the language Bella uses drove me crazy. For example “No barks” and “Go home.” I don’t think I have ever heard use the command “No barks” before. Then, the whole issue when Bella is told to “Go home” seems irresponsible, as well. Hey, it is a story, right? Like I said, I might be having an off day.

Bella gets separated from Lucas, her human, and sets out to find him. If you are a dog lover or an animal lover, you might enjoy this one.

I found myself getting bored with the story midway through. I felt like the story was dragging. I couldn’t get into the story as much as I felt I should.

It isn’t a bad story and from what I can tell tons of people love it. Give it a shot. Maybe you will love it. Let me know what you think.

I will be looking for more of Mr. Cameron’s books to read in the future though. Not giving up.

We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels

We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels covers three generations of women in Detroit dealing with race issues.

Each of the women face the challenges of her generation from helping escaped slaves, to betrayal by her own family, to moving to the country due to who one chose to marry. This is a book full of surprises.

Bartels writing style is easy to follow. She weaves the three generations of women beautifully. The reader goes from the present, to the 60’s, to the Civil War and after.

This is a good read. A story told from another view point and well worth reading.

The only thing I felt was lacking was her character Mary. The overall story of Mary is strong and I enjoyed her story the most but the ending of her story felt rushed and unfinished. It left me feeling like there was so much more to tell about what happened to her and her family. I hope there will be more books in the future about Mary. The Author leaves some things floating around for the reader to think about regarding Mary’s story.

Thank you to Bookishfirst and Erin Bartels for sending this book for me to review.