This post might take you 1, 561 hours to read. Seriously, take your time. Check out every curve or stroke of each letter. Examine each pixel of illustrations. Tilt your face slowly towards the sky and ponder ... and ponder ... and then slowly come back to finish reading the paragraph.
No, not seriously. Hehehe.
The Slowest Book Ever, by April Pulley Sayre and Kelly Murphy, is a delightful collection of facts about many s-l-o-w sides in nature, animals, plants, body, geology, food, arts and even outer space.
Have you ever wondered why flies seem to evade the fly swatter so easily? Hint: It has got to do with how they experience time.
What's a garden snail's speed?
Do you know there's a bird that flies so slowly that it actually falls?
How long does it take for Saguaro cacti to grow an inch? 10 years? Oh, a bit more than that, my friend.
And as if watching cows munch grass isn't a s-l-o-w enough activity, how about watching paint dry?
With all the clamour for speed on TV, you didn't think you'd find anything related to "slow" there. Well, well, what do we know? In Norway's public broadcasting station, they have been producing slow TV - where hours were broadcast live showing a train trip, salmon in a stream, and logs burning on Firewood Night. (Yea, sorry, I'm not talking about 2-3 hours here. Try 7-18 hours instead.)
There is a whole lot more of interesting stuff in this book. So if you have an inquisitive child (age 8-12) or an inquisitive inner child (20s onward), pick up a copy here! I've been contacted by Boyds Mills Press's book marketing team to participate in this blog tour but am not, in any way, affiliated. Neither have I been paid for this review, which is how I like to keep my features on this blog.
The only reason I said yes to participating is that I haven't read any books on Slow Things. And I thought you might want to know about this, too. Sure, we've all heard of, or read, self-help books on slowing things down, but not really about things born slow!
Okay, I confess: It's also because I'm, by nature, quite slow. I'm the slowest eater in the family. Even Baby Taylor eats quicker. But I don't dawdle at my work, my communications, or when I walk these days.
How about you? Are you a fast or slow eater/walker?
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"I was 13 years old when the German soldiers marched into town and killed poor Papa.
I was 14 when, in the middle of the night, they forced their way into our home and took my older brother Shmuel away.
I was 15 when the Nazis came for me. I didn't even have the chance to hug Mama and little Hirsh good-bye. It was the last time I would ever see them again."
Gifts from the Enemy is a true story told by Alter Wiener, Holocaust survivor and author of From a Name to a Number: A Holocaust Survivor's Autobiography.
Before the war, Alter was a young lad living in Poland with his family. They didn't have a car, or a TV set, or a refrigerator. They had books, food, and a good heart. Every Friday at sunset, they would welcome the Sabbath with the blessing and lighting of candles, followed by the treat of Mama's freshly baked challah (a kind of braided egg bread), which they would share along with the rest of dinner with a poor student or a homeless person.
When the war broke out, Alter was shipped from one prison camp to another. He was forced to work long hours and fed with very little food.
He missed Mama and her sweet, warm challah.
He missed the life he had before everything was torn by the war.
His strength faltered and his will to make it through another day weakened.
And then, something unthinkable happened. Alter was given a gift. It was a wonderful gift. And the giver? A German.
The enemy had just given him a precious gift that taught him not to judge, that taught him there were the kind and the cruel in every group of people.
I learned about this book from bloggers Patricia (Children's Books Heal), Erik (This Kid Reviews Books) and Alex (The Children's War). The author, Trudy Ludwig, has effectively told Alter's story and taught young and old readers the most important lesson of all ~ acts of kindness do matter. And to complement this story ~ Craig Orback's paintings, which are such a pleasure to flip through.
Do you enjoy reading war fiction and non-fiction?
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