Book Review: Outdoor Maker Lab, by Robert Winston


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


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.

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.

Book Review: Max Tilt : Fire the Depths

Max Tilt : Fire the Depths is the first book in the series. It is about the discovery of Max Tilt and his cousin, Alex, that the stories of their uncle, Jules Verne, are not the result of his imagination. The cousins set out to find the treasure that could possibly save his family. It is full of adventures and clues to decode. It is also a good book for introducing the classic, “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” as the story is like an extension of it. If you want thrilling adventures and puzzle hunts, this is the right book for you. Hurry and borrow it from the GS LRC!


Book Review: The Movie Book, by Danny Leigh


The art of film is complex – considering all the many details specifically put together to create a visual and story masterpiece for audiences to enjoy. Some go beyond their era, with different generations enjoying classic movies up until present time.

The Movie Book offers a unique insight in some of these popular favorites and quintessential flicks, giving the readers a different perspective in the conceptualization and creation of the movie they so love. Whether one is into filmmaking or simply an avid movie watcher, the readers of this book would most definitely enjoy the information offered by this book.

Anyone who will read The Movie Book will be treated to an array of information regarding classic film gems, including character backgrounds, plots, and even the director behind the listed creations, from which readers can get tips and information from. This book can inspire both students and teachers alike, to create a movie masterpiece of their own.

Borrow it now at the Non-Fiction (Intermediate) section!

Book Review: Pax by Sara Pennypacker


It meant that no matter how bad things got, we could always make ourselves new again.

Surely, all of us could relate to the feeling of having a pet – or even just wanting one. The story of Pax revolves around Peter and his friend, Pax, a fox, whom he adopted when it was still a kit. The story starts with their separation, because Peter’s father, a military man, has to bring him to safety before the war.

It’s quite heartbreaking for anyone to have to say goodbye to their animal friends. But this is simply the catalyst to an adventure of a lifetime, as both Peter and Pax find their way back to each other, crossing villages and forests just to be reunited again.

Pax showcases a friendship like no other; one that is willing to go through ups and downs, just to be with each other again. In this day and age, a person is considered lucky if they have a friend with whom they share a bond like this. This book also promotes the idea that we are not who our parents are; that sometimes, apples fall far from the tree. We are our own person, with our own feelings, choices, morals, and we act however we decide; this has nothing to do with our parents. We are our own persons.

This book is recommended to all of our readers, as it promotes good values and the integrity of God’s creation. Fifth and sixth graders will probably appreciate it more, as there are some words that might be a little too difficult for the younger boys to understand. Regardless, it is a book that transcends ages, and it would be good for anyone to read, both students and teachers.

Borrow it now from the Fiction (Intermediate) Section!

Book Review: My journey to the stars

My journey to the stars

by Scott Kelly

Illustrated by Andre Ceolin


Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in zero gravity? How Earth looks like from up above? How the Bahamas looks like in space? Or how it’s really like to spend a year in a space shuttle?

Join astronaut Scott Kelly as he tells us his adventures on how he became an astronaut, straight from his memories of playing in the garden with his Grandma and Pop Pop every weekend. This reminded him of a time when he took care of a plant in the International Space Station (ISS). He has a talent for finding trouble with his twin brother, Mark, who’s also an astronaut. He also shares about his real struggles while in school, him wanting to help people in need, and him wanting to become a doctor. He eventually managed to reach for his dreams to become an astronaut.

It’s all wrapped up in beautiful illustrations and accompanied with photographs from his childhood and magnificent shots of Earth from outer space that is going to give you an out-of-this-world experience. So, grab your spacesuits and dive into Scott Kelly’s adventures as he takes us into the stars!

Come and borrow this now at our Non-fiction (Primary) Section!

Book Review: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

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Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

By : Lindsay Mattick

Illustrated by: Sophie Blackall


Before heading to the theatres to watch Christopher Robin and his beloved bear, Winnie-the-Pooh, first, there was a real bear named Winnie.

Winnie’s story spans for over a hundred years when Captain Harry Colebourn, a Canadian veterinarian, rescued a special bear from a trapper and bought him for $20 at the train station on his way to fight in Europe during the World War I. He named the bear Winnie, short for Winnipeg, after his hometown.

Harry brought Winnie to England and she became the mascot of the Second Canadian Infantry Brigade and became close friends with the soldiers situated at the camp. As the war broke out, knowing Winnie couldn’t follow him to France, he decided to find Winnie a new home at the London Zoo, where she befriended a boy named Christopher Robin, and inspired the story of the legendary children’s book, Winnie-the-Pooh.

Towards the end of the story, as it is framed in a bedtime story format, Lindsay Mattick as the storyteller, tells her son, Cole, that she is the great-great-granddaughter of Harry Colebourn, making Winnie a real bear.

Apart from the fact that the book was penned by Harry Colebourn’s, great-great-granddaughter, Lindsay Mattick, the book flourishes with beautiful illustrations, imaginative writing, elegant art, and complemented by the pictures of Colebourn’s family archives and the real Winnie, which makes the book an instant classic and a story that children will love for a lifetime. Here is the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.