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    Family Math (Equals Series)
    by Jean Kerr Stanmark, Virginia Thompson, Ruth Cossey
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (1986)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for the classroom too
    I use this book to get the kids in my classroom hooked on liking math.Most of the time they end up asking "Is this math?" because they've always believed it was too hard or boring, but this book makes learning math fun because of its interactive activities.I would say it's a must have for teachers too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Making Math Fun!!
    Fantastic!Family Math puts math and problem solving skills on the kitchen table. A far cry from homework, these games and activities involve common household materials like toothpicks and dried beans.They are easy to learn, quick to play, and cover a range of mathematical abilities and topics.Definitely enjoyable for both adults and children.
    The book is organized into different math topics (like Logical Reasoning, Numbers and Operations, Probability and Statistics) and each activity clearly states the age level that it is for and its purpose.
    FAMILY MATH ends with instructions for setting up a Family Math class to teach parents and teachers how to use the material.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun ways to help your children love math
    I hate math. Memories of trying to understand long division in fourth grade can still make me squirm. Algebra was a lost year of my life - I had no idea what the teacher was talking about. Wouldn't youjust guess I'd end up with a son who could add two digit numbers in his head before he started kindergarten? (I'm over 40 and I still can't do it very well) He even thought it was fun to do so.

    You can probably guess that the normal elementary school math curriculum did not thrill him. Fortunately, early on, his kindergarten teacher lent me her copy of this book, and suggested that it might help him get started on understanding some higher math concepts, while still being age appropriate. The words "higher math" were not exactly music to the ears of a math phobe like me. But within a couple of weeks, after trying out a few games, I was hooked, and bought my own copy.

    During the time he was in elementary school, I think we did at least 3/4 of the activities in the book, not because I thought he should, but because he wanted to. And, to my enormous surprise, so did I. The games and activities in this book are so intriguing that even I began to develop a sense of what it must feel like to really love math. (And, amazingly enough, I even got a little better at basic arithmetic.) Several of the games were so much fun, they became obsessions. We played them day after day.

    My younger child, who recently finished kindergarten, doesn't remotely share her brother's love of numbers, but this year I dug out my old copy of the book to see if it might get her more interested. Sure enough, it worked. The games of logic and the games designed to develop rapid mental arithmetic skills that so fascinated her brother don't really interest her. In fact, most of the book is still way beyond her skill level. But I've found quite a few games that are appropriate for a child still struggling to add and subtract single digit numbers. (She says they're more fun than the math games they play at school). And there are several activities (Tangrams, and Color Designs, for instance) that take advantage of her love of art to help her understand math better. At the end of kindergarten, my daughter told me that her favorite school subject was math. I have no doubt that her exposure to Family Math games had a lot to do with that. And I have no doubt that we'll be using this book more and more over the next few years. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0912511060
    Sales Rank: 18319
    Subjects:  1. Education    2. Education, Elementary    3. General    4. Mathematics    5. Parent participation    6. Problems, exercises, etc    7. Study and teaching (Elementary)    8. Teaching Methods & Materials - Mathematics    9. Unassigned Title   


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    Super Science Concoctions: 50 Mysterious Mixtures for Fabulous Fun (Williamson Kids Can! Series)
    by Jill Frankel Hauser, Michael Kline
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 October, 1996)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous resource
    I purchased this book along with Kids Crazy Art Concoctions. Both provide awesome ways for kids to become engaged with learning. This is a very hands-on science book that inspires kids to get mixing, thinking, and learning all through science-based recipes.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not what I Expected!
    I expected this book was part of the popular Kid Concoctions book series and quickly found out is was not. My children were bored with the outdated projects that seemed to have been put together with little creative effort.

    5-0 out of 5 stars way cool...
    ...[Everyone loves] thumbing thru the book finding something to do. usually have everything on hand at a moments notice. this book is looking well worn and for good reason. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1885593023
    Sales Rank: 29284
    Subjects:  1. Children's 9-12 - Science    2. Children: Grades 4-6    3. Crafts & Hobbies - General    4. Experiments    5. Juvenile Arts And Crafts    6. Juvenile Nonfiction    7. Juvenile literature    8. Mixtures    9. Phase rule and equilibrium    10. Science    11. Science & Technology - Chemistry    12. Science & Technology - Experiments & Projects   


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    Homeschooling for Success: How Parents Can Create a Superior Education for Their Child
    by Homeschool.com, Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rebecca Kochenderfer
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 July, 2002)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good, Helpful Overview
    This book presented a very nice and not too overwhelming overview of homeschooling.Chapters featured a little something for everyone-from those homeschooling little ones to those removing their older children from school to homeschool them.Full of helpful resources, this book is a good start for anyone considering homeschooling.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Homeschooling in a Nutshell
    Written by the founders of Homeschool.com, "Homeschooling for Success" is the most up to date and complete informational book on homeschooling available. It was printed in 2002, and is filled with un-dated viewpoints and findings that I could really sink my teeth into.

    The forward is written by Robert Kiyosaki, author of "Rich Dad, Poor Dad", who reveals that he was homeschooled by his school administrator father after he flunked out of school. This is the kind of information and reassurance I have been looking for. The book starts out with a real life example of what homeschooling can do for a person,as this man is now a famous and successful author and speaker, in spite of how the schools evaluated him.

    The authors Rebecca Kochenderfer and Elizabeth Kanna have filled this book with all of the homeschooling resources known to man (also found on their website homeschool.com), as well as insight on learning styles and different kinds of intelligences to help a parent figure out which kind of homeschooling style, would best suite their child.

    It gives advice on homeschooling at different age levels, as well as College and Un-college alternatives as well. Most importantly to me, it has a chapter called "Click Learning", which I felt was written especially for my family. My children have been using the computer since they were 18 months and I used it to help each child to read when the schools way merely frustrated them.

    Finally the book ends with a chapter on "Why every Parent Should Consider Homeschooling". It was more based on emotional and religious reasons and thus fell short of giving me a good reason to homeschool as I am looking for academic excellence for my children in a loving environment. So although I already know I am going to start homeschooling soon, I still found the final chapter unconvincing.

    All in all, the book is excellent. Having already devoured dozens of books and articles on homeschooling, this book kept me intrigued enough to read every single word as if it were the first homeschooling book I picked up. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0446678856
    Sales Rank: 87214
    Subjects:  1. Education    2. Experimental Methods    3. Home Schooling    4. Parent Participation    5. Religion - Christian Education - Home Schooling    6. United States    7. Education / Home Schooling   


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    Homeschooling for Excellence
    by David Colfax, Micki Colfax
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 October, 1988)
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    Role models for a generation of homeschoolers, David and Micki Colfax are teachers turned ranchers who taught their four sons at home in the 1970s and '80s and schooled three of them into Harvard. Isolation on their northern California homestead forced them into the experience, but this resourceful family eventually discovered all kinds of advantages to home education. Like a modern-day Little House on the Prairie, the Colfax children learned about geometry while constructing outbuildings on their ranch, explored aspects of chemistry and biology as they improved their livestock and garden, and generally discovered the value of self-reliance as they went about life without TV or neighbors. Their world is described in clear, warm words that illustrate the fondness these parents and children possess for each other. Family photos grouped throughout the book show the boys working and learning together.

    The Colfaxes don't purport to be experts; they don't prescribe a formula for their success. Rather, their experience is described as a trial-and-error effort, with some of their mistakes offered up as lessons for others. The value of critically examining textbooks in advance, for instance, is learned after one son falls behind in algebra using a schoolbook that touts "new math" principles. The Colfaxes' philosophy is that every child is gifted. Parents don't need to be certified teachers to teach them (although it does ward off doubters). But, despite the contention of some homeschoolers, the Colfaxes do caution that teaching at home requires much time and money--and they don't advise it for single parents or most working women. Any parent interested in connecting with his or her child, however, will find the Colfax take on life an enjoyable and enlightening read. The couple closes the book with an appendix of suggested references for building a family library and a delightful list of their children's favorite books. --Jodi Mailander Farrell ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
    I very much enjoyed reading this book. I didn't look at it so much as a how-to book but more of an inspirational book for anyone homeschooling or thinking of homeschooling. The authors don't tell you want to do - they just relate what they did, why they did it, and how it worked.

    I loved many of the ideas they presented and we have already put one into practice - the idea of having the children write daily in a journal - or even just draw if they can't write yet. This is a big hit with our six year old who every night writes in her book something special that happened that day. What a fun way to learn writing, spelling and grammar skills and we'll be able to look back in later months and years and see how she has progressed.

    Even though this book is dated - most of the information and processes are very relevant to today.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Thankfully, not all homeschoolers are pedantic!
    This was the first book about homeschooling I read and all the rest have been disconcerting in comparison.

    The Colfaxes present, in matter of fact fasion, how they taught their own.Their motivation for doing so was practical rather than ideological.They don't pretend to tell you how to teach your own children - just how they managed to teach theirs.

    The only drawback is that some of the references are out of date - the Colfaxes taught their children in the 70's and 80's.However good sense (I don't say common, because I don't believe it is) will lead interested readers to updated references:Enyclopedias on CD-Rom rather than in book form, for example.

    A great book for intelligent parents who suspect that they can teach their child(ren) more effectively than any overworked and underappreciated teacher can.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Thankfully, not all homeschoolers are pedantic!
    This was the first book about homeschooling I read and all the rest have been disconcerting in comparison.

    The Colfaxes present, in matter of fact fasion, how they taught their own.Their motivation for doing so was practical rather than ideological.They don't pretend to tell you how to teach your own children - just how they managed to teach theirs.

    The only drawback is that some of the references are out of date - the Colfaxes taught their children in the 70's and 80's.However good sense (I don't say common, because I don't believe it is) will lead interested readers to updated references:Enyclopedias on CD-Rom rather than in book form, for example.

    A great book for intelligent parents who supspect that they can teach their child(ren) more effectively than any overworked and underappreciated teacher can. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0446389862
    Subjects:  1. Education    2. Education / Teaching    3. Home Schooling    4. Home instruction    5. Reference    6. United States    7. Education / Home Schooling   


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    The Unschooling Handbook : How to Use the Whole World As Your Child's Classroom
    by MARY GRIFFITH
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (29 April, 1998)
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    Unschooling, a homeschooling method based on the belief that kids learn best when allowed to pursue their natural curiosities and interests, is practiced by 10 to 15 percent of the estimated 1.5 million homeschoolers in the United States. There is no curriculum or master plan for allowing children to decide when, what, and how they will learn, but veteran homeschooler Mary Griffith comes as close as you can get in this slim manual. Written in a conversational, salon-style manner, The Unschooling Handbook is liberally peppered with anecdotes and practical advice from unschoolers, identified by their first names and home states. The book also includes resources such as one teenager's sample "transcript," a typical weekly log of a third-grader's activities, and helpful lists of magazines, online mailing lists, Web sites, and catalogs. Griffith, a board member of the Homeschool Association of California (and the author of The Homeschooling Handbook), names Margaret Mead and Thomas Edison as two examples of those who have profited from unschooled childhoods, and further claims that research validates support for this controversial form of education. The "evidence" she cites, however, is predominantly theoretical writings from noted educators about the benefits of child-centered learning. The handbook suffers from a mild case of the Lake Wobegone syndrome--every unschooled children is seen as an above-average self-starter on the verge of genius--yet despite this overly rosy approach, the book is a well-organized guide for homeschoolers and other families contemplating the "un" life. --Jodi Mailander Farrell ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A great argument, BUT...
    maybe not as practical as it comes off.We love the idea of standing back and watching kids grow and learn completely at their pace and in their own manner.After all, they figured out how to roll over, stand up, walk, etc. at their own pace and without any intervention or instruction from us.
    However, reading (not necessarily in this book) about children who do not figure out how to read until ten, eleven, or even twelve (with the argument "but then, man, what readers they are!"), is really quite upsetting.And you can't intervene, even this once, because you could upset the self-esteem of the kids.
    I'm just not so sure about that.Oh, math and cooking, history and computer games, those do seem to be great ways for kids to encounter the subject material and truly learn it out of fascination.But not to be able to read for all those precious years?I don't care how voracious you then turn out, you've missed quite a bit.
    Having said that, unschooling figures into our curriculum plan in that the children have a say.If they want more dinosaurs, so be it.Worms are boring? Just one week, then.
    It's an interesting book to read.The author is powerfully enchanting and persuasive.I don't mean to dismiss the book as a whole.I intend only to warn against too much unschool.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Unschooling Book!
    I have homescooled for 2 years and had never heard of unschooling until recently. After reading this book, I was hooked. My son is definately the type to learn on his own. This book is full of ideas and encouraging examples of other unschoolers. Wish I had read this years ago!If you are thinking of unschooling, read this first. It really makes sense!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must read.A super place to start!
    If you are thinking of homeschooling, this is a fabulous primer on one of the approaches to teaching kids, or letting kids learn, at home. It does an excellent job of covering a broad scope of issues without being overwhelming. The style of writing and layout of the book makes it easy and enjoyable to read. Well worth your time! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0761512764
    Subjects:  1. Education    2. Educational planning    3. Experimental Methods    4. Family / Parenting / Childbirth    5. Home Schooling    6. Learning    7. Reference    8. Self-culture    9. United States    10. Education / General   


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    Deschooling Our Lives
    by Matt Hern
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 September, 1996)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excelente libro!
    Este es uno de los mejores libros que he leído. La verdad sobre la educación en las escuelas. Estoy segura de que este es un libro que pocos educadores han leído...que lástima!
    Sería grandioso que existiera la traducción al idioma español, me encantaría que todo Mexico lo leyera, al menos los profesores y encargados de las escuelas que tanto daño hacen a los niños...
    Este es un libro que no se pueden perder!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excelente libro!
    Este es uno de los mejores libros que he leído. La verdad sobre la educación en las escuelas. Estoy segura de que este es un libro que pocos educadores han leído...que lástima!
    Sería grandioso que existiera la traducción al idioma español, me encantaría que todo Mexico lo leyera, al menos los profesores y encargados de las escuelas que tanto daño hacen a los niños...
    Este es un libro que no se pueden perder!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on American Education ever written.. very accurate
    This was one of the best books I have ever read in my life (not very many though).It gives an extremely accurate synopsis of the American education system.I read it for debate and realized that almost everything said init was very true.Great book.I recommend it to everyone, whether andphilosopher, educator or just an average Joe. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0865713421
    Sales Rank: 367742
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Education    2. Education    3. Education / Teaching    4. Experimental Methods   


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    The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook
    by Dorothy Moore, Raymond Moore
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (09 March, 1994)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book!!
    This is the very first book I read after I first had thoughts of homeschooling our children.I fell in love with the Moore's!They seem like the sweetest older couple you would ever want to meet.They show you their method (which as many reviewers have already pointed out is no formal education until 10-12 years of age) and tell you how to do it.I came away from reading this book encouraged, and I ordered all the rest of their books, too!They have written several; another very good one is "Home Grown Kids".I'm not sure if it's in print anymore - I bought it used.Other people have said they don't agree with some of the methods (such as waiting)and I must admit that it is hard to do.Today's society makes it almost impossible to permit your child to not be able to read when he/she is 10-11!!The thing is, though, Dorothy Moore was a successful remedial reading teacher - she knows what she is talking about when it comes to teaching reading!Two things they mention must go hand in hand with homeschooling is service to others and manual labor.They believe it is healthy for a child to have work with his heart and hands as well as his mind.I love that idea - too many adults (let alone children) only think of themselves.This book (and others they've authored) mentions different ways to make these two things happen.
    In conclusion, there are some things in this book that I would love to follow through on, but as I stated earlier, are almost impossible to do because of societal constraints, such as waiting until between 10-12 to start formal schooling.I do plan on incorporating many of their ideas into my homeschool.Some reviewers have called the authors "arrogant".I would not say that - I felt like they were giving "grandmotherly" advice I could choose to use or not.

    2-0 out of 5 stars borrow it if you can
    This book will help you to relax about homeschooling if you're stressing about it, but other than that, i was pretty dissapointed.

    If i could do it again, I'd try to borrow it from someone rather than spending money on it. In fact, I'm going to donate my copy to my local library.

    The Moores promote their way of homeschooling as the best way and encourage you to buy their 'Manual' to learn how. If you really want to know about their method, skip this book and get their manual.

    Do keep in mind that they were Seventh-Day Adventist, so if you're going to order from their catalog, just know that there are Adventist books in their Bible section.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Info based on stereotypical information - not research
    For example, William Sidis is described as 'burned out', or unbalanced. At the time of his death - his friends did not think that he was either. He wasn't. He rejected capitalism, for that he is remembered, even in new books - as unbalanced. This author did not do research. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0785281754
    Sales Rank: 129967
    Subjects:  1. Burn out (Psychology)    2. Christianity - Christian Life - General    3. Education    4. Home Schooling    5. Religion - Marriage & Family/Singles    6. Teaching Methods & Materials - Classroom Planning    7. United States    8. Education / Home Schooling   


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    Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
    by John Taylor Gatto
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 April, 2002)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Compulsory schooling does us no favors
    Compulsory schooling educates no one says John Taylor Gatto, an award winning teacher who speaks from many years of experience. Compulsory schooling hurts everyone it is supposed to help except for the manufacture of a docile and conformist workforce in a growing corporate marketplace.

    I like his suggestion that the free market be allowed more play in the education forum. He points to Socrates and Plato as historic roots for his arguments.

    I am not a teacher, at least not within the school system, nor would I be. I was, however, a student for many years, as were my siblings and my children. Compulsory schooling did us no favors. If I hadn't learned to educate myself, I would be like everybody else. If everyone could educate themselves, there would be more like me, and I would be less lonely.

    Gatto helps me to feel less alone.

    ...geminiwalker

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating literature. The system and the teachers fault.
    i read this book and i have come to the conclusion that the system needs to be rebuilt again. school should not be a place with time limits. school should be a place in where time should be in abundance. unfortunately, the teachers and the system they follow is really messing up the kids of today...
    children need to have an identity. the scene of chess clubs, and band need to be in abundance for all. john gatto's book provides a clear picture with what is wrong in public schools.

    you should be aware that many public school teachers don't take their kids to the public schools they teach at, but decide to enroll them in private schools or home schooling programs while the poor kids always get the silly curriculums. reading this book will make you aware and realize that the public school sector is really a backward nation sphere. a world filled with prejudices toward the poor minority, and poor anglo student. and as time flies the situation is still the same.
    alot of the teachers who have phds or advanced degrees and who work at public schools really don't teach anything at all. they are simply super lazy, and many loose control at giving repeats to and for their students. many teachers are not there to teach their subject, but many are there to actually eat, sleep, go to the bathroom, pretending to be a good teacher in front of the evaluator who comes visits him or her at his or her school, along with getting their paycheck every month. plus, bragging to the world how great they are-at how they are making a difference in that childs life(which really is not true) instead many enjoy flunking their students.

    gattos work is truly recommended.

    the old teachers of now need to be in retirement homes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well-Schooled People are Irrelevent
    With this book, award-winning educator John Gatto articulates the hidden curriculum of public schools: a curriculum that inures students to confusion (uncontextualized fact-cramming), indifference, and the hierarchy of class positioning; a curriculum that institutionalizes emotional and intellectual dependency and provisional self-esteem while creating an atmosphere of surveillance and control. In effect, it is an "anti-educational" curriculum - and the root cause of many national crises. The end result of this curriculum is mass-produced students who lack critical-reasoning skills and imagination. Devoid of even rudimentary compassion, these children are cruel to each other, have difficulty expressing intimacy or candor, and display the same crass materialism we see reflected in society at large. Dendent, passive and timid in the face of challenges - these children are little more than fodder for the low-income service sector jobs that are so abundant in the United States. Contra compulsory schooling, Gatto espouses a curriculum that fosters personality development and relates facts to the real world. He wants to end the "bells, insults, and standardized tests" by encouraging teachers and parents to co-learn with their children in a more humane, context-driven way. And after reading this well-argued, highly persuasive book, I have come to believe that this is the only way formalized schooling has any chance of success. If you are interested in doing further reading on the topic of education, I recommend PLACE-BASED EDUCATION, by Sobel, and GUERRILLA LEARNING by Llewellyn and Silver. Another fascinating read is POWER AND PLACE: INDIAN EDUCATION IN AMERICA, by acclaimed Native American philosopher Vine Deloria Jr. and Daniel Wildcat.

    j. william krueger

    "Well-schooled people are irrelevant. They can sell film and razor blades, push paper and talk on telephones, or sit mindlessly before a flickering computer terminal, but as human being they are useless. Useless to others and useless to themselves." ... Read more

    Isbn: 0865714487
    Sales Rank: 18121
    Subjects:  1. Education    2. Education / Teaching    3. General    4. History    5. Philosophy & Social Aspects   


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    The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education
    by Grace Llewellyn
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 September, 1998)
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    You won't find this book on a school library shelf--it's pure teenage anarchy. While many homeschooling authors hem and haw that learning at home isn't for everyone, this manifesto practically tells kids they're losers if they do otherwise. With the exception of a forwarding note to parents, this book is written entirely for teenagers, and the first 75 pages explain why school is a waste of time. Grace Llewellyn insists that people learn better when they are self-motivated and not confined by school walls. Instead of homeschooling, which connotes setting up a school at home, Llewellyn prefers "unschooling," a learning method with no structure or formal curriculum. There are tips here you won't hear from a school guidance counselor. Llewellyn urges kids to take a vacation--at least for a week--after quitting school to purge its influence. "Throw darts at a picture of your school" or "Make a bonfire of old worksheets," she advises. She spends an entire chapter on the gentle art of persuading parents that this is a good idea. Then she gets serious. Llewellyn urges teens to turn off the TV, get outside, and turn to their local libraries, museums, the Internet, and other resources for information. She devotes many chapters to books and suggestions for teaching yourself science, math, social sciences, English, foreign languages, and the arts. She also includes advice on jobs and getting into college, assuring teens that, contrary to what they've been told in school, they won't be flipping burgers for the rest of their days if they drop out.

    Llewellyn is a former middle-school English teacher, and she knows her audience well. Her formula for making the transition from traditional school to unschooling is accompanied by quotes on freedom and free thought from radical thinkers such as Steve Biko and Ralph Waldo Emerson. And Llewellyn is not above using slang. She capitalizes words to add emphasis, as in the "Mainstream American Suburbia-Think" she blames most schools for perpetuating. Some of her attempts to appeal to young minds ring a bit corny. She weaves through several chapters an allegory about a baby whose enthusiasm is squashed by a sterile, unnatural environment, and tells readers to "learn to be a human bean and not a mashed potato." But her underlying theme--think for yourself--should appeal to many teenagers. --Jodi Mailander Farrell ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An important book, despite some flaws
    Are you thinking about home-schooling or un-schooling but still have some doubts? Then read this book. I wish I had read it in time.

    My parents and I talked off and on about homeschooling from the 7th grade on, but always rejected it for one reason or another.
    First we feared I would lose all social content, then my mother was scared off by all the work she would have to do to "teach" me, and when I got to high school we dismissed home-schooling altogether, since you "have to" have a high school diploma and do normal high school course work to go to college. After I finally escaped from high school by graduating a year early, I asked my parents if I could take a year off before college. My intention was to do some self-study and just figure out more of what I wanted. They immediately said no. I wonder if, had they read this book, they might have answered differently.

    After reading Llewellyn's book, I realize none of our reasons for rejecting homeschooling were valid. I was a smart, self-motivated teenager who hated school. Had I "unschooled," I believe my high-school years would have much happier, as well as more intellectually productive.

    With all that said, this book is not flawless. The writing isn't great, and Llewellyn has a tendency to descend into heavy-handed mystical metaphors. Skip the first chapter with the "fruit" story on the first read, as it may turn you off reading the rest of the book. The tone of the book also strikes me as (ironically) somewhat condescending. Although Llewellyn was only 26 when she wrote this, she comes off as a slightly out-of-touch Baby Boomer who is trying too hard to be "relatable" to teenagers.

    Still, I highly recommend this book. It will change the way you think about school, and if you decide to un-school, it is chock-full of great ideas and resources for furthering your intellectual development.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
    This book basically sums up what I've always suspected. I always knew I was smarter as a teenager, before I was brainwashed. I've always said that formal education has gotten in the way of my learning anything.Aside from reading, and writing--my most useful skills were taught to me by...myself. High school and college never seemed to teach me career skills. I love this book. I wish I had the courage to follow its advice.I am definitely going to allow my future children to "unschool."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Read For Yourself
    I have read this book and would like to point out several erroneous ideas of other reviewers. First, I read the Teenage Liberation Handbook at age 17 and was not in any way convinced or persuaded that this book endorses the idea of experimenting with illegal substances, though it does mention them rather briefly. Second, the ridiculous opinion that a more suitable title for this book would be "Let's skip college and live on a farm handbook," is highly implausible: humorous, yes, accurate, no. This reviewer suggests that the book is useless to any reader who aspires to attend college, and who doesn't plan to live on a farm. I find, however, that the book gets fairly intimate with the process of getting into college (e.g. there's a chapter allocated to just that), and (contrary to the picture on the front cover) it doesn't touch much, if at all, on farm life. It also suggests other resources on college such as the book "Homeschooling for Excellence" by David Colfax and Micki Colfax and others such as "And What About College?: How Homeschooling Can Lead to Admissions to the Best Colleges & Universities" by Cafi Cohen. Personally, I quit high school, attended college, and currently live in a downtown apartment. I also know unschoolers who live in urban as well as rural lives and who attend colleges, some as young 16. I find this book to be a beneficial resource for creating the life that you aspire to have, whatever that might be, without the red tape of the school system (A system which I found to be clearly explicated in the book "The Underground History of American Education" by the award winning former teacher John Taylor Gatto--which I don't think is available through Amazon.com). And lastly, to the reviewer who suggested that the author must be a high school failure, Ms Llewellyn explains her perfectly ordinary (or should I say, "above average") educational background from high school through college in the first part of the book. The author's view illustrates the system's failures for many students, and this book suggests a viable alternative to a failing system. Rather than be part of a problem, Ms Llewellyn elected to find a solution to it, and employs "unschooling" as a feasible solution (which happens to be a very rich way of life for many teenagers already). If you are satisfied with your (or your children's) current school system then this book may not be for you. However, even if you are in school and plan to remain there or are unschooling or homeschooling already, you may find the book helpful in helping yourself. I suggest you decide for yourself. Why not try your library? You have nothing to loose except class time (just kidding-and a borrowed book.) ... Read more

    Isbn: 0962959170
    Subjects:  1. Careers    2. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 10-12)    3. Home schooling    4. Juvenile Nonfiction    5. School & Education    6. Self-culture    7. United States   


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    Homeschoolers' Success Stories : 15 Adults and 12 Young People Share the Impact That Homeschooling Has Made on Their Lives
    by LINDA DOBSON
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (15 June, 2000)
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    Despite their growing numbers, many homeschoolers still find their experience somewhat isolating. This collection of short biographies aims to alleviate some of that loneliness. While the stories profile modern-day homeschool grads and students, famous homeschooled personalities from the past are offered up early in the book for historical inspiration. John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, photographer Ansel Adams, poet Robert Frost, and songwriter Irving Berlin join the long list dug up by author Linda Dobson. And just in case there were any doubts that fame has eluded today's homeschooled, Dobson throws in actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Love Hewitt, the Hanson singer siblings, and conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. The people whose stories are told here are successful entrepreneurs, Ivy League students, and athletes, such as Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor and U.S. ski team member Todd Lodwick. But to Dobson's credit, she unearths a healthy array of "regular folk" as well. Their stories are no less interesting and, most importantly, they dispel the notion that homeschooled children are over-the-top achievers and freaks of nature. Among the subjects here are an Arkansas state trooper, a private chef, an art gallery owner, and a Cost Guard Reserve seaman.

    Each chapter begins with a photo and yearbook-style sketch of the personality, complete with favorite areas of study and a memorable quote. The biographies are short and insightful, with the author often injecting her own thoughts. Dobson, the mother of three homeschooled children, has written numerous books on the topic (The Homeschooling Book of Answers and Homeschooling: The Early Years, among them) and is a news editor and columnist for Home Education Magazine. In her casual, succinct writing style, she brings to life personalities that have little in common beyond their method of education. Some were taught at home completely; others for only a few years. They offer advice, warnings, and fond memories. And their overriding message is that homeschooled people are just as diverse and interesting as the students found in traditional schools. "We are not alone," is the cry heard from these pages. --Jodi Mailander Farrell ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Encouraging and Exciting!
    Linda Dobson's "Homeschoolers' Success Stories" offers an exciting and encouraging picture of the possibile paths and futures of today's homeschoolers. These young people have created hand-made lives; they are carving their own niches in the world. Reading their stories reinforces the hope that homeschooling my children will feed their uniqueness and enable them to make their own, custom, satisfying paths in life. This book would make a great gift for homeschooled teens, as a preview to the places their lives can lead. It would also make a great gift for any homeschooling parent, or even those pesky critical in-laws!

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most important books in homeschooling
    As a book reviewer with Home Education Magazine, I think this is one of the most important books ever written about homeschooling. When considering homeschooling, people want to know how homeschooling will impact theirkids. The homeschooling movement is coming of age, and we finally have abody of graduates to look to for answers. The answers those graduatesprovide in this book will surprise and enlighten even seasonedhomeschoolers.

    In reading this book, I was surprised again and again. Thesurprises come with the fresh realization of how fulfilling and unique thefruit of anyone's personal passions can be when they're not being runthrough a mill. The theme of this particular mind banquet was diversity andindividuality in full bloom. The important message these graduates deliveris that homeschooling provided them with the opportunity to follow theirown dreams and find their unique fulfillment and happiness in ways thatmight have been completely closed off to them otherwise.

    This bookisn't about getting into an Ivy League college and getting a professionaltitle that denotes success--this book is about the incredible processespeople can go through to find their personal satisfaction and success inany number of imaginative ways, Ivy League education among them. You can'tread these stories without stretching your mind and questioning a whole lotof cultural assumptions about what "success" is. You'll find morethan just success stories, however; the book includes moving and intimatepersonal responses to questions about how homeschooling impacted theirlives.

    The variety of successful people and stories in this book isamazing. There isn't a butcher, a baker, or a candlestick maker in thecrowd, but there's a Broadway performer, a multi-millionaire internetentrepreneur, a firefighter--and a building contractor who sailed soloaround the world in his teens, went to Stanford on a scholarship and quitbecause he didn't want to waste precious time in college.

    After readingHomeschoolers' Success Stories, I reread Linda Dobson's Introduction. Somewords that had puzzled me on first reading took on much clearer meaning thesecond time around: "Some of what the people featured in this bookhave to say about education may make you uncomfortable; it's better youknow it right from the start rather than discover it halfway through thebook. If you don't want to hear any more, put the book back on the shelfand don't buy it. I have no desire to deliver anything you don't want tohear. I'm sure it has something to do with humans' predisposition to killthe messenger." Powerful warning, huh? It's because Homeschoolers'Success Stories gets into some pretty unusual territory, and it willdefinitely make you rethink some deeply ingrained ideas. The book had aprofound impact on my some of my own perceptions, or maybe I should saypreconceptions--and I'm sure it will have a similar impact on otherreaders.

    Even the most seasoned homeschoolers will find something here tostretch and refresh their minds, and the beginning homeschooler will findprovocative testimony encouraging openness to more unorthodox paths thanthey might have considered. -Lillian Jones ... Read more

    Isbn: 0761522557
    Subjects:  1. Case studies    2. Education    3. Education / Teaching    4. Experimental Methods    5. Home Schooling    6. Politics/International Relations    7. United States    8. Education / Home Schooling   


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    The Cartoon Guide to Statistics
    by Larry Gonick, Woollcott Smith
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (25 February, 1994)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Primer
    As many other have noted, this is a good primer on a wide variety of statistical tools presented in a unique format.It should help any student of statistics, mathematically challenged working professionals, or non-fiction skeptics get a good overview and understanding of some difficult statistical concepts.Example data sets are small so as not to confuse with overwhelming amounts of data.A one star hit from me for a couple of reasons.1. I did have a little trouble with meaning on occasion as grammatical errors do force one to pause here and there to try and figure out what the author is trying to say.A missing comma makes a huge difference in meaning.2. The book is in desperate need of an update (copyright is 1993).Most examples are calculated in long form.Fine for understanding the mechanics and the author does make one or two references to Minitab; however, the book needs a bit of a makeover with more frequent reference to very commonly available statistical software packages.Minitab is powerful but expensive.Most people have Excel which can be easily utilized for most basic to intermediate statistical needs.

    That said, the author does keep it interesting with factoids peppered throughout.The main concepts are highlighted well with good examples.The end of the book provides short descriptions of lesser used but still very important concepts.Chapter ten on "Experimental Design" is really more of a tease then anything else.Fair enough because "Design of Experiments" (DOE) would have been tough to fully explore in this format anyway.Overall this book is well done and provides clear explanation of what many might consider difficult to understand concepts found in a traditional statistics textbook.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great.
    I took statistics in college. As soon as I was finished with the course I forgot everything about it as quickly as I could, figuring that I would never need that knowledge again.Well I was wrong.

    This book is great.

    First its the opposite of wordy. Most math books are far too wordy.

    Second the concepts are presented in a clear manner with simple examples.

    Third the cartoons are funny but don't detract from the learning.

    I wish I had this book the first time I took statistics in college.Very nice as a refresher or to help students learn statistics the first time.

    Bottom line if more math books looked like this people probably would not be so afraid of math. Many math textbooks are wordy and do not explain things well, and often go off on a rant on particular concept that the student misses the big picture of what they are tying to study. Well worth the money.


    3-0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction
    This book is a good introductory level look at Statistics.The authors cover what the subject of Statistics is, the history of Statistics, some of the theories and terms, and also shows some applications of the subject.

    The weakness of the book is that there are a lot of formulas given and not enough discussion of how those formulas are derived, so one would need to use other statistics texts to supplement the material.Thus this book cannot stand alone.On the other hand, if one is just trying to get an overview of the subject, then there is a lot to skip over.The authors do make a humorous presentation of the material, so those that are looking for an overview may find this a more enjoyable introduction to the subject.

    There is also a lot to do with Statistics that the book does not mention.It does cover probabilities, but when it comes to distributions it focuses only on Standard Normal distributions.I don't believe it ever mentions Uniform, Poisson, or other types of distributions which most Statistics courses cover.

    The best part of the book is the examples, some of which are carried through for several chapters to help the reader better understand the subject. Although, even with the examples they are a bit inconsistent in their presentation.For example, in one case they started to discuss the use of statistics to compare the salaries of male and female employees in the same job, but they never complete the discussion.The examples of racial bias in jury selection, and the gas mileage comparison of two different types of gas are much more complete.

    This is a decent book, but not up to the level of Gonick's excellent "Cartoon History of the Universe" series, and not strong enough to give it more than three stars. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0062731025
    Sales Rank: 1930
    Subjects:  1. Business & Economics    2. Business / Economics / Finance    3. Business/Economics    4. Caricatures and cartoons    5. General    6. Mathematical Statistics    7. Probability & Statistics - General    8. Statistics   


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    Cartoon History of the Universe 1 (Cartoon History of the Universe)
    by LARRY GONICK
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (10 September, 1997)
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    One of the beautiful things about comics is that it is possibly the best medium for combining education and entertainment. No one knows this better than Larry Gonick, whose Cartoon History series spans many subjects.Whether you are a fan of history, comics, or Gonick's books, The Cartoon History of the Universe I is a great place to start. Part I contains volumes 1 to 7, from the Big Bang to Alexander the Great. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great History Book
    I use this book and the others of the series with my real hard heads in my classroom, who don't think history isn't interesting or useful. So far I am batting in the 700's.
    I am so grateful that Mr Gonick produced such a wonderful book and hope that he keeps up the grand work!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and accessible but also packs a of lot of real history.
    I had originally bought this book for use in my waiting room. However, some of the sexual humor and the irreverant approach to religious figures meant that it was a "stay at home" book. (Don't tell the IRS)

    Now that the book is in its proper place, I should add that I enjoyed it immensely and went on to buy Volumes 2 and 3. (not on my office account though)The book starts with evolution of the earth and its creatures. The pictures were well done and the humor makes the factual material easier to remember.

    The bulk of the book deals with the history of the human race. The author does not confine himself to European civilization. Two of my children read all three volumes, and I did not have to hassle them to do it. How often does this happen with other history texts? I am hoping to use their interest in some of the historical topics to encourage them to read other books. Each section of the Cartoon History contains a reference section for those who desire further reading.

    Ideally this book should be a companion to serious textbooks on history. However, there are a lot of people who are unwilling and unable to absorb material from textbooks or lectures. People who are visual learners may be able to remember the pictures and the humor when they have trouble remembering college lecutres or long passages of text. I have recommended this and some other of the author's books to individuals who were having trouble with basic college classes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Laugh-out-loud history with social commentary
    You have to love this cartoon history with a decidedly feminist perspective and a thorough treatment of the Bible--about as warped as Monty Python but still accurate.This is where I got the genesis of my screenplay "Pericles," from the pages on Aspasia and Pericles: "What could an ambitious woman do in those days?She could associate with powerful men...Aspasia met Pericles...BWOWM" (schwing) ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Caricatures and cartoons    2. Cartoons and caricatures    3. Comics & Cartoons    4. Graphic Satire And Humor    5. History - General History    6. History: World    7. Reference    8. World history    9. Humor / Cartoons   


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    Cartoon History of the Universe 2
    by LARRY GONICK
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (18 September, 1994)
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    Continuing right where the first book left off, The Cartoon History of the Universe II once again combines Gonick's superb cartooning with the lessons of history. Find out what Lynn Johnston, creator of For Better of Worse, calls "a gift to those of us who love to laugh and who love to learn." Part II contains volumes 8 to 13, from the Springtime of China to the Fall of Rome (and India, too!). ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Thorough research and humor - who could ask for more?
    The Cartoon History of the Universe is an excellent series.Volume two covers history from the death of Alexander the Great through the fall of Rome and includes Chinese history up through around 0 AD.

    One thing that I really like about this series is the good research that went into it.Although sources are not given in footnotes or interspersed in the text, there is a bibliography, and Gonick includes enough detail to make it possible to verify the facts he states.So basically it is well written and doesn't use being a comic book as an excuse to be sloppy.I wouldn't feel odd about citing it as a reference on a term paper, and I actually did cite this one.Another nice feature is that humor is usually in the form of little anecdotes that actually happened and not slapstick.History is full of colorful characters (Nero anyone?) and so it can be presented interestingly with a bit of effort and research.Gonick does that here.

    I recommend The Cartoon History of the Universe to everybody.The humor and visuals are nice to apply to a subject which can seem like a dull stream of names and dates at times.It is a good supplement to a history class, because it covers in depth some things that tend to only be included in history classes for the sake of political correctness.For example, Gonick's history of China is in depth and covered with the same research and humor as the European history.In most history books the sections on China are very stiff and PC.To me this book is valuable if only for the section on Chinese history.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The bloody history of early China and early Europe
    Even though this is a collection of cartoons and the text in the dialog balloons is generally meant to be frivolous, it is possible to learn a lot of history from the book. Unlike so many history books that concentrate on Western Europe and derivatives, this one deals extensively with India and China. Volume 8 deals with the early history of India and how the great religions that we associate with India arose. From it, you also learn the origins of the great early works of Indian civilization such as Bhagavad Gita.
    The origins of the ancient Chinese civilization are covered in volumes 9 and 10. Most of the points deal with the battles for supremacy and feature court intrigue, deception and a lot of killing. We tend to think of massive deaths in war as being a modern invention, but that is a misconception. Well before the year 0, the army of Chin was ambushed and massacred, over 200,000 men were killed in one day.
    Chapter 11 begins with the last days of Alexander the Great. It correctly points out that while Alexander was married to a Persian, that union was largely political. The great love of Alexander's life was Hephaestion, his male grand vizier. When Hephaestion died, Alexander grieved over the body for two days. The next sections chronicle the origin and rise of Rome as a great power. Once again, it is largely a tale of murder, intrigue and war. As the power of Rome grew, it was no longer possible to maintain the republican form of government. At first the supreme position was called the consulship, where the holder was powerful, but not yet a dictator. All this changed when Julius Caesar marched off to conquer Gaul and then returned to march on Rome. This began several decades of near constant warfare in the Empire, some of which was civil.
    The numbers of people that were killed in these wars are amazing to consider. Some history books estimate that Julius Caesar killed over a million while in Gaul. Descriptions of Western history describe the carnage of World Wars I and II as unprecedented in human history. In fact, the concept of total war with deaths numbered in the hundreds of thousands or millions is an old theme of history. The wars that took place between the Europeans in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were comparatively limited in consequence.
    After a few pages, the discerning reader will understand that the text in the captions is generally designed to impart the history while the balloon dialog is reserved for the humor. I enjoyed this book immensely, learning many things about Chinese history. I also learned some additional details about western history. If there is a theme to the history presented here, it is how many people were killed in acts of the powerful fighting for control. We tend to think of the twentieth century as being the bloodiest on record. That is probably not the case. Given the carnage that occurred in China and the Mediterranean even before the birth of Christ, there might be centuries before the A. D. label that were bloodier. That fact is disturbing, whether learned by text or by cartoon.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Religion, politics, sex and humour
    As with Larry Gonick's other guides he manages to pull off the trick of being both amusing and edifying. He also has the artistic flare for painting history in broad yet revealing brush strokes.
    The second instalment of his history of the Universe covers ancient India, China's early years and Rome from its mythical founding to its very real collapse.
    Gonick is not afraid to offend. His depictions of Jesus, Krisna, Buddha and Confucius are all less than entirely flattering. While he is not the sort to be disrespectful through ignorance, Gonick will not fail to pick out the more obvious weaknesses of any institution or historical figure he comes across. He even takes a swipe at one of Afrocentrisms unjustified claims. Although in the end he pays due recognition to the achievements of each of these figures it is possibly best to avoid this book if you are the sort to yell "Blasphemy!".
    Anybody else who has a sense of humour and an interest in history should get their hands on this book immediately. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Caricatures and cartoons    2. Cartoons and caricatures    3. Comics & Cartoons    4. History - General History    5. History: American    6. Reference    7. World - General    8. World history    9. Humor / Cartoons   


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    The Cartoon History of the Universe III: From the Rise of Arabia to the Renaissance
    by Larry Gonick
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (21 October, 2002)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Steppengerbil Has It Right!
    I personally am teaching Global History to high school kids for the first time in my life.So I am still learning the curriculum I am attempting to teach.I also happen to be a U.S. conservative.I found the book immensely entertaining and informative.Mr. Gonick is an amazing talent with an incredible command of the material and a fine cartoonist.

    As far his biases and PC, my feeling is that he is trying to be fair, but in his case "fair" is filtered through the perspective of an intellectual molded in our wonderful left wing American university system.

    I think Steppengerbil did a brilliant job of exposing and enumerating his flaws.So I will not assign Mr. Gonick a fifth star.All the same, I think anyone will enjoy this book, but independent minded people should just be aware.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Probably worth it, but...
    Ever since I turned up The Cartoon History Of The Universe I in my school bookshop 14 years ago I've been buying Mr Gonick's offerings on sight. They're not at all easy to come by in England, and I wasn't even aware the third volume was out until I happened across it in a shop opposite the British Museum on a trip to London a couple of years ago.

    On the plus side, this volume has incredible range, fills some important gaps (though we'll have to wait for IV for the New World). The artwork is arguably the best yet but I miss the more detailed, fulsome style of I. Comic quality is on and off.

    My problem with this one is Gonick has spared his irreverence for the easy target, Western Christendom, which was, you would be had believe, uniquely barbarous, ignorant and wretched, only shoved blinking into the light of the Renaissance by the grace of the Greek and Islamic civilisations it despoiled.

    Gonick knows enough history to know better than to project postmodern values backwards onto his subjects, yet he does it relentlessly, going beyond the call of humour and in a way that cheapens certain episodes of history to an almost criminal extent. It will not do to make a heavy moral issue out of slavery, religious proselytism and so forth in an age where nobody thought twice about it, especially if you're going to do it selectively like Gonick too often does.

    Political correctness is what it comes down to. He seems to have an almost pathological thing against the French in particular. He only reluctantly acknowledges such things as Gothic architecture and the emergence of philosophical and secular culture that were primarily produce de France, in short ignoring that France was the cultural and military flagship of western Europe in favour of perpetuating the shameful myth far too many Americans seem to buy, that the French were never anything but arrogant cowards. (And I'm not French, or even particularly pro-French, but come on, lads.) The Muslims on the other hand can do no wrong - except of course when they encounter the blacks, whose every little achievement is exalted - and I notice with dismay he repeats several urban legends about the relative sophistication of medieval western European and Islamic culture without criticism.

    Lesser issues include his sometimes annoying flippancy, the tendency to Americanise everything and certain factual inaccuracies, dependence on out-of-date source material and weird oversights such as England (except in passing) between 1066 and the plague or Germany except when the Germans are doing something reprehensible to the Jews not to mention the whole of eastern Europe. (I'm assuming he'll deal with Russia in IV, it gets barely a sentence here.)

    I don't hold out much hope for IV as we move into the age of slavery and colonialism unless the author can recapture some of that old irreverence and perhaps apply it to his own tarnished belief system, the nature of which is abundantly clear.

    4-0 out of 5 stars What it missed out on
    The subject of Anglo-Israelites. This was a belief that the Lost 10 Tribes of Israel made their way to the British isles and settled there. This theory was suppported by the fact that the English actually did resemble Jewish people (Lyndon Johnson and Golda Meir). We now now through DNA studies that the theory is false. The English only look like Jews because 10,000 years ago a bunch of neolithic syrian farmers came and settled in Europe, especially Britain. The author, when writing this book and section about the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain, doesn't mention how someday the descendents of Britain would be mistaken for Jews. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 15873
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - General    2. Caricatures and cartoons    3. Cartoons and caricatures    4. History    5. History - General History    6. History: World    7. Renaissance    8. World - General    9. World history    10. Graphic novels    11. World history: c 500 to C 1500    12. c 1000 CE to c 1500   


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    Cartoon History of the United States
    by Larry Gonick
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (14 August, 1991)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Where has the U.S gone?
    I have not read The Cartoon History of the United States.What I am writing about is my reaction to one of the reviews. "I know of two little girls (ages 8 and 9) who are reading through these in their spare time FOR FUN!".This took me by surprise. It sounds like somebody reading a book for fun was an urban legend.Born and living abroad, I always thought that the U.S shown in movies was fake.I now realize you really don't read anything, watch more T.V. than spend time outside, and think South Americans live in trees.One reviewer of this book wrote that he felt a little bit dirty after finishing it.That is how you should feel if your children don't read.And don't get me wrong, I was for the Iraq war and strong American foreign policy.I just hope our (for I am an American) future leaders can read more than just a cartoon history for fun and feel proud. Just one more thing.I think that every well meaning, Democratic American should read Emerson's Self Reliance.It might teach you something.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but not a history
    Perhaps it is just too ambitious to squeeze 400 years of U.S. history into 380 pages of cartoons.

    Although I found Larry Gonick's "Cartoon Guide to Physics" both educational and entertaining, I was more than just a bit disappointed in this book.(Of course, I knew so little of physics that I'm not really sure how accurate he was.I do know a bit more about history, particularly U.S. history, and I am convinced he is both inaccurate and biased.)

    Gonick refers to himself as a historian in several places in the text, but shows many lapses in good, historical thinking.For one thing, he suffers from present-mindedness and parochialism of view.Good historians try to understand the thinking of whatever time and place they are writing.

    I'm a comics fan, and I know that the medium has to be tightly scripted.Pictures really do need to convey a thousand words, and text can be nowhere near that length.The creator chooses carefully what goes in and what gets left out.The point I'm trying to make is that while I was disappointed in what material was "in" the book, and particularly what was "left out," I realize that this work was a difficult task and there's no way any creator could please everybody.

    That said, there are still major shortcomings in this book as history, even as infotainment.

    Gonick makes no attempt to hide his biases, but bias is hardly commendable.While members of all political parties (including those historical parties that no longer exist) are ridiculed and caricatured (not all undeservedly), it is apparent that one modern political party is especially lambasted.Southerners, which are caricatured as a group--no individuals here--are made to look especially bad.

    The author grew up in the 1960s and still lives there.Every excess of that era is glamorized.Communism and socialism (throughout the scope of U.S. history) are glamorized.And just like the nightly news, the negative is given prominence over the positive.Multiculturalism is good; e pluribus unum, bad.

    Far from giving the reader a feeling of pride in his country, one finishes the book feeling a bit dirty.Of course, I wouldn't consider a book a good history just because it was filled with jingoistic patriotism and portrayed the U.S. as a utopian society where everyone lived happily ever after.Such a book would lack balance.This book lacks balance.

    I recommend that this book not be used in schools as children and teenagers lack the faculties to see its bias as most adults may do.

    1-0 out of 5 stars far below his standards.
    Mr Gonick set the bar very high with his 'Cartoon History of the Universe'.This book is terrible by comparison. The art work is primitive at best, and his biased perception of American history borders on the comical. Unfortunately, that is the funniest part of the book. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0062730983
    Sales Rank: 31505
    Subjects:  1. Cartoons and caricatures    2. Comic books, strips, etc    3. Comics & Cartoons    4. General    5. History    6. History - General History    7. History: American    8. Humor (Young Adult)    9. United States    10. United States - General    11. Study Aids / General   


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    Cartoon Guide to Physics
    by Larry Gonick, Art Huffman
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 February, 1992)
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    It's been said that before physics students can fly with Feynman they need to walk with Halliday and Resnick.Those of us who are still toddling along, however, need Larry Gonick.Gonick's characteristically quirky drawings are teamed with physicist Art Huffman's prose to produce lessons like this: picture Sir Isaac Newton driving a Mack truck labeled "Big Inertia." Ike is talking into a CB radio, saying: "Breaker one nine: force overcomes inertia and produces acceleration. Do you read?" As the jacket copy says, "If you think a negative charge is something that shows up on your credit-card bill--if you imagine that Ohm's law dictates how long to meditate--if you believe that Newtonian mechanics will fix your car," here's the book for you. --Mary Ellen Curtin ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars First Impression Matters
    So I was about to dive into this book based on top 5 star reviews and what not. Since I live in Asia, the shipping actually cost MORE than the book itself. Nevermind that, since the book IS interesting. The only thing that I didn't like about it is that the vocabulary isn't explained very well. Sure, there are examples and even 'cool' cartoons, but there needs to be more explanation behind things. Also, the formulas and equations for the necessary Physics content are explained as if EVERYONE knows about it beforehand already. So, all in all, I would say this book is for Intermediate people, those who already know what Physics is all about. Since I JUST touched on this topic and wanted to use this book as an Introductory guide, it didn't really help. I'm now 3/4s through the book and what can I say, it's boring to go on! The good thing is that the cartoon makes it LESS boring, but that doesn't mean that Physics is at all interesting, based upon the respective authors.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Truly Outstanding
    It makes all the physics concepts and math in my high school physics class easy to understand. If I were on a textbook adoption commitee, I would buy class sets of these. Cartoon Guide cuts the nonsense and filler of your average high school physics and goes straight to the heart of the matter in a way that is accessible yet not at all dumbed down. Thank you Mr. Gonick for helping me get an "A" in physics! I was using a classroom copy. Now I will buy my own for when I go to college.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Learning with a light touch
    The primary hurdle to overcome in learning the basics of physics is believing that it is indeed possible for you to learn them. Motion, electricity, magnetism, light and even relativity are all based on fundamental ideas that are well within the grasp of most people. Your reach and the strength of your grip will both be amplified by the contents of this book. Using simple diagrams and plain language, you are walked through a basic physics course, from the concept of linear motion to the most "bizarre" consequences of relativity.
    Gonick it truly one of a kind when it comes to the explanation of complex phenomena using drawings and cartoon-like dialog. It is one of the rare literary creations, a book that educates in science that is also fun to read. There are no sharp edges of difficulty, it is much like one of those disciplinary paddles with a pillow on the end. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0062731009
    Subjects:  1. Caricatures and cartoons    2. Cartoons and caricatures    3. General    4. Physics    5. Popular works    6. Science    7. Science/Mathematics   


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    Thinking Physics: Understandable Practical Reality
    by Lewis Carroll Epstein
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (September, 2002)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Useful Book
    No, this isn't a perfect book.Some of Lewis' explanations are a bit vague and some are incomplete but despite these minor flaws this book does a wonderful job of explaining important concepts of physics in very simple terms.

    I can't think of anyone who wouldn't benefit from reading this book.Oh yes, it's a fun read too!

    5-0 out of 5 stars teachs you how to think about physics problems
    I like this book because it has interesting and motivating physics problems that can be solved without math, just with carefull thinking on the truly physical aspects and principles. I do not mean that math should not be used in physics books, nor that all physics problems can be solved without math, but problems that do not need math are also very interesting and should be taught, and this book is very good in doing that. I think high school should use this book (as complement to conventional books) because it would have great effect on kids's mental habits. One thing I do not like from this book is that answers are upside down. It deserves 5 stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Honest and clearteaching
    It's amazing the capability of being clear and to get to the right point. Ingeneous! I recommend for every one who search for learn physics, even those who already studied it! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0935218084
    Sales Rank: 164400
    Subjects:  1. Juvenile Nonfiction    2. Physics    3. Science    4. Science & Technology - Physics    5. Science / Physics    6. Science/Mathematics   


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    Brown Paper School book: I Hate Mathematics! (Brown Paper School Books)
    by David Weitzman, Linda Allison, Marilyn Burns
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (30 July, 1975)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Math Book for Younger Kids Too
    The reading level for this book should just be a guideline. If parents are reading it, the examples & games can be done by kids much younger. My son's first grade teacher recommended using this book over the summer to prepare him for 2nd grade math enrichment.
    The book gives lots of fun, practical exercises and is loaded with great concepts and ideas.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Math Lover
    This is a great book for math haters or math lovers.There are lots of interesting facts, games, and riddles, whether you think you are great or think you are terrible at math.If you hate math, this book can change your life.We have a copy of this book at home, and I've purchased this book to give to some of my children's friends and some home-schooling parents I know.I think giving this book to anyone who is afraid of math, whatever their age, is a great idea. I also highly recommend "Math for Smarty Pants", also by Marilyn Burns.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I used to, BUT NOW I DON'T
    This book make you to love math, to know how to see the nice things in it. If you want your kid to love math, (or at least not to hate it...) you owe him this book. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0316117412
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    Brown Paper School book: Book of Think : Or How to Solve a Problem Twice Your Size (A Brown Paper School Book)
    by The Yolla Bolly Press
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (30 October, 1976)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Get this for your children!!!
    I was given this book as a child.It was one of the best gifts I ever got.Every child should have this book, and every parent should read it, too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I still own my copy from 16 years ago!
    I just pulled out my copies of this book and The I Hate Mathematics Book! to show to someone. I read them both prolifically from years 8-12 or so, and to this day pick them up occasionally. I was curious to see if it was still in print, and pleasantly suprised. My copy of this book is so well worn, the cover is falling off of it.

    The Book of Think, simply put, is a book that teaches critical thinking skills. The puzzles are fun, and sometimes a bit surreal. The skills learned are invaluable. I believe this series was recommended to us by a gifted education teacher. They strongly shaped my formative years. I remember staying home and reading these two books, and others in the series. They are loaded with practical problems and hands on tools to use. I am sure that a teacher could find lots of great activities for students with these books.

    Quick, click on the link and purchase this book, Hate Mathematics, I am not a short adult, Blood and Guts, The Reason for Seasons, This book is about Time... get them all before they are out of print. You won't be disappointed. It may be the best purchase you have ever made for your children and/or students. Maybe even yourself! I think I'll reread them all.

    Lisa

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is not just for kids!
    This book is one of my favorites for group activities, ice breakers, andgetting a staff team to start thinking creatively. It is perfect foranyone who likes a challenge and the answers not just handed to them.Ihave given these books as gifts to adults and see them use the exercisesover and over. Highly recommended.(Maybe even your kids would like it.) ... Read more

    Isbn: 0316117439
    Sales Rank: 116130
    Subjects:  1. Children's 9-12    2. Children: Grades 3-4    3. Children: Grades 4-6    4. Concepts - General    5. Juvenile Nonfiction    6. Problem solving    7. Problems, exercises, etc    8. Puzzles    9. Thought and thinking    10. Juvenile Nonfiction / Concepts / General   


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    I Am Not a Short Adult!: Getting Good at Being a Kid (A Brown Paper School Book)
    by Marilyn Burns
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 September, 1977)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book!
    My mother gave me this book when I was a kid. I just found my old copy, read it again, and decided my 13-year-old absolutely must have a copy (though I'm not about to part with mine)! I'm thrilled to see it still inprint!

    Margaret Burns writes wonderfully for adolescents. It's such atough age for kids, and they're pretty sure they're the center of theuniverse. Ms. Burns points out (in ways they might actually listen to) allthe things that you really wish you could impress upon them, but can'tsince you've been relegated to the role of "dumb grown-up" forthe next ten years.

    She really gives them a chance to think about whatkind of kid they really want to be, emphasizing that the choice is reallytheirs, and without telling kids what their values ought to be. (That partis stil up to parents.) It's an important lesson for kids to learn, andthis book is a great tool. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0316117463
    Sales Rank: 499111
    Subjects:  1. Children    2. Children's 9-12    3. Children's rights    4. Children: Grades 4-6    5. General    6. Juvenile literature    7. Legal status, laws, etc    8. Legal status, laws, etc.    9. Social Situations - General    10. United States   


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