Thursday, January 18, 2018

Author #173: Coppens cake and geology

Geology Is A Piece Of Cake by Katie Coppens.  Cleverly tying together geology with cake, Ms.Coppens, a middle-school English and science teacher, takes the reader on a journey linking science with science from geologic structures and processes to how they relate to different aspects of cake such as how eating a piece of cake is related to how animals cause weathering.  She uses cake to help explain Mohs scale of hardness.  The book is primarily about geology with some cake references included.  She's got a good balance-just enough cake references to whet the appetite and keep you going through the book without feeling like you're overwhelmed in sweetness.  Her approach also makes geology easier to understand and encourages the reader to learn more about science in general.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Author #172: Furman, cookies, Santa, the world = a great grouping for a book!

M.E. Furman writes about Christmas traditions around the world and the different treats left for Santa in the book, A World of Cookies For Santa: Follow Santa's Tasty Trip Around The World.  Susan Gal illustrated the book with charcoal on paper and digital collage.  The book includes nine cookie recipes at the back.  Taste of Home magazine has a list of 35 cookie recipes that they think should be in every recipe file-find the link at

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Author #171: Expanded knowledge about Elephants thanks to Katherine Roy

Excellent, Extraordinary, Eloquent, Educational!  These are just a few of the words to describe How To Be An Elephant: Growing Up in the African Wild by Katherine Roy.  One of the most outstanding animal books for children that I've recently read, I was surprised at how many facts I did not know about these wonderful mammals.  Trunks strong enough to uproot trees and sensitive enough to pluck a single blade of grass.  And the social bonding and learning!?!  We can and should learn from our world both near and far and this book is a great start for a beginning learner who wants to know more about elephants.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday Randomness #98 : Spanish Rice 3X in a package

 Knorr brand Spanish Rice 5.6 oz (158g) package (per serving: 1 g fat, 6g protein, 3g sugar, 690mg sodium  2.5 servings/pkg)  Add water and vegetable oil.  Okay tasting but on the bland side.  Mix of rice and pasta with spices.  Price November 2017 in SLC, UT: $1.00

 Rice-a-Roni Spanish Rice 6.8 oz (192g) package  (per serving: .5g fat, 5g protein, 2g sugar, 890mg sodium  3.5 servings/pkg)  Add water, butter, and a can of diced tomatoes.  Good but unquestionably on the salty side.  Mix of rice and pasta with spices.  Price November 2017 in SLC, UT: $1.00 

Zatarain's Spanish Rice 6.9 oz (195g) package (per serving: .5g fat, 4g protein, less than 1g sugar, 400 mg sodium  4.5 servings/pkg)  Add water, butter, and a can of diced tomatoes.  Mix of rice (no pasta) with spices.  Definitely the heartiest of the three but maybe was edged out by the chewy texture of the rice.  Price November 2017 in SLC, UT: $1.49  

Disclaimer-I bought all three packages at regular price and we tried all three on the same night just out of curiosity.  We've also made homemade Spanish Rice with just rice, water, and salsa.  Homemade is still definitely better but for everyday we like the Rice-a-Roni best as both a side and a topping for homemade burritos, tacos, and the like.  We liked the Zatarain's best when paired with a salad for nights when we're copying restuarant salads like Costa Vida or Cafe Rio.  I was not compensated in any way from any company or individual.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Author #170: Develop map reading skills as Dillemuth explains maps in Mapping My Day

Julie Dillemuth wrote Mapping My Day with illustrations by Laura Wood.  Mapping My Day is another good book to start teaching about maps and directions.  In a world obsessed with GPS and online mapping services, there is still a place for knowing how to read a map whether it be online or hard copy.