Book Review: Imagination Box

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”There is a box, anything you imagine will appear inside. You have one go, one chance to create anything you want. What would you pick?”

Professor Eisenstone, a scientist and an inventor, created a box that can turn whatever you imagine into reality. But he can’t get it to work, that is until Tim showed up. An orphan boy who was adopted by hotel owner poster parents. He has a very keen imagination.

After Tim created an eloquent finger monkey with a dry sense of humor, both of them worked hard to master the powerful contraption. But Professor Eisenstone was kidnapped along with his box. Tim, Phil, his miniature monkey, and Dee, the professor’s granddaughter, must find the criminals before they use the box to create their imagined evil into reality.

But in order to rescue his friend, Tim must face his darkest fears and unleash the full potential of his imagination.

Be the first to grab this book and read about Tim’s adventures and his finger monkey creation as he discovers the power of imagination and  how he rescue his friend, Professor Eisenstone!

 

Book Review: Gone?

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Gone?
ni Bryce Riley N. Munoz, 5F

“Saan ba pumupunta ang mga bagay na nawawala?” Ito ay isang linya na sinabi ni Belen sa istorya na pinamagatang, “Gone?” Sa pagkawala ng kanyang cellphone, naisip niya kung saan makikita ang iba’t ibang mga gamit na nawala.

Ang mga pangunahing tauhan sa kwento ay sina Belen, Auntie Bestie, at si Uncle John. Ang mga sumusuportang tauhan sa kwento ay sina Ate, Nanay, Tatay, Lolo, Lola, at si Mrs.Young. Silang lahat ang mga tauhan sa istorya na ito, ngunit ang pinakapumukaw sa aking interes ay si Belen. Pinili ko siya dahil sa pamamagitan ng imahinasyon niya, naisip niya kung saan pumupunta ang mga gamit na nawawala. Natutuhan ko na mahalaga na magkaroon ng isang mahiwagang imahinasyon. Nakakatuwa ang librong ito dahil epektibo ang pagkakasulat ng may akda para maunawan ng mga bata na apat hangang anim na taong gulang, na mahalagang linangin natin ang ating imahinasyon. Sa huli, maganda ang librong ito dahil nagtuturo ito ng maraming mga leksyon katulad ng pagiging maingat sa ating mga gamit at pagiging malikhain sa ating pag-iisip.

Para sa akin, nakatutuwa   ang librong ito dahil sa simula ng kwento, naiisip na ng tauhan kung saan napupunta ang mga gamit na nawawala. Inirerekomenda ko ang librong ito sa mga bata mula Kinder hangang ikalawang baitang. Magugustuhan nila ang librong ito dahil maraming mga tauhan sa kwento katulad ng mga miyembro ng pamilya.

Book Review: Machines of War

Machines of war : the definitive visual history of military hardware.

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From the first repeating rifles to the most advanced military technology of the 21st century, this book presents an illustrated history of warfare. Discover formidable weapons, various military vehicles, artillery, and industrial weaponry used during the Industrial era, World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and the modern world. This book features striking photographs of weapons and vehicles that shaped the modern military world. This book will certainly be loved by history fans.

If you are into history and wars, you surely would not want to miss this. Hurry and borrow it from the GS LRC!

Book Review: 23 Ways to be a Great Artist

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Calling all artists!

This book might be the closest thing to being the “perfect” handbook for beginners, children, and kids at heart. Jennifer McCully offers an easy step-by-step guide to the 23 featured art styles that can be quickly followed using the author’s illustration guides along with its simple directions.

Readers also enjoy the “Artist Fact File”, “Top Tip”, “You Will Need”, and “Think About It” featured boxes of the book that  help readers navigate the book with little effort. Choose different art styles that will definitely tickle your imagination. The book offers a lot of options from Pointillism to Personality Portraits to Stencils to Splatter art and many more. There are so many options to choose from.

It is a sure guarantee that with every turn of the page of the book  readers will be inspired to create their very own masterpiece.

Hurry up and be the first one to borrow this masterpiece!

Book Review: How I Did It!

How I Did It!
by Linda Ragsdale

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It’s the start of another school year, and like any new adventure, challenges are bound to come our way. This new book couldn’t have come at a better time – a time when students are also facing new challenges because they have moved up to the next grade level!

Linda Ragsdale’s How I Did It tells an inspiring story of how one should bravely chase after their goals/dreams, no matter how hard it could get.

The main character,  letter I, wanted to do so much more. He wanted to try new things, explore, and go on an adventure—he was excited! However, the other letters insisted that he stick to what he’s supposed to be doing—to just stay the way he is. They got annoyed when I tried; they discouraged from trying. This got to I for a bit, putting him in a slump. He started to believe the others were right about how he shouldn’t have aimed for something that was beyond his capacity. In its slump, I discovered how he was still capable of doing things, and he started to believe in himself again. As his excitement grew, I gained a new believer—the letter U.

Each and every one of us have dreams we wish to bring to life and goals we want to achieve. Whether it takes time or not, we are bound to face hardships along the way. The story ended on an empowering note, How I Did It presents a wonderful analogy of how people should strive and brave through these hardships in order to reach their dreams. It teaches the readers to believe in themselves, even when others don’t.

How I Did It will definitely inspire young Xavierians to work hard(er) to achieve their goals. It’s a wonderful short story that will definitely give the readers a much-needed boost of confidence necessary to get them through the year.

Book Review: Outdoor Maker Lab, by Robert Winston

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Seldom do we see children nowadays without gadgets in their hands—even adults are busy fiddling with their laptops and cellphones. Unlike in the old days when people would spend time playing outside or simply just connecting with each other through face-to-face conversations.

This has become our reality, given how fast-paced our lives are in this time and day. We often find ourselves reminiscing about how simple things used to be; we would muse to anyone from younger generations about how we used to pass time without gadgets. We live so much indoors nowadays, that we spending time outdoors have become some sort of a fad, a trend, rather than it being a normal thing to be done.

And this is where this book comes in. From making periscopes to air cannons to even ice cream, Robert Winston’s Outdoor Maker Lab promises its readers multiple enjoyable activities. Not only are the materials easily available, the projects are also kid-friendly. It’s simple enough for them to do; it’s also interesting enough that it excites their naturally curious minds.

Of course, the children are still young—accidents might occur if they are not supervised or attended to while they perform the activities. Adults, such as their older siblings or parents, can take this as an opportunity to bond with them. It’s fun to work on projects, but it’s even more enjoyable and memorable when shared with loved ones!

Spending time outdoors is always fun, and Outdoor Maker Lab makes it even more so. With its wide range of projects, it’s a wonderful book that will satisfy kids of any age. Not only will they get to experience the wonders of science for themselves and have a better understanding of it, this activity book also provides an avenue for their family to come together and bond. This will then result into beautiful memories that will stay with them for a very long time—something anyone definitely won’t get if they remain glued to their gadgets.

7 Habits to Practice this New Year

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Welcome this New Year by forming new habits for your “New Year, New Me” saying. We are all quite familiar with Stephen Covey’s, “7 Habits of Highly Successful People” that has inspired millions of people to follow these methods. This time, kids of all ages can also practice these 7 habits through Stephen Covey’s own success, Sean Covey.

Sean Covey wrote the 7 Habits of Happy Kids, with his own children in mind. He wanted them to have an early understanding of these principles in a way that they can easily understand and enjoy. He created Pokey, Allie, Jumper, Sammy, Lily, Sophie, and Goob, as they teach us how to accept and love ourselves, the importance of listening to what other people have to say, being a good team player, and the significance of friendships.

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It’s a sure win-win situation once you get a chance to read these books as it will help you form the habits of a happy kid.