Book of the Week: The Growth Mindset Coach

51qKaIG-lcL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgTitle: The Growth Mindset Coach : A Teacher’s Month by Month Handbook for Empowering Students to Achieve by Annie Brock and Heather Hundley

Increase Engagement, Improve Results, Inspire Students
Created by teachers for teachers, this is the ultimate guide for unleashing students’ potential through creatuve lessons, empowering messages and innovative teaching. The Growth Mindset Coach provides all you need to foster a growth mindset classroom, including:
  • A Month-by-Month Program
  • Research-Based Activities
  • Hands-On Lesson Plans
  • Real-Life Educator Stories
  • Constructive Feedback
  • Sample Parent Letters
Studies show that growth mindsets result in higher test scores, improved grades and more in-class involvement. When your students understand that their intelligence is not limited, they succeed like never before. With the tools in this book, you can motivate your students to believe in themselves and achieve anything. —back cover of the book

Professional Book Review: I Can Be Anything by Jerry Spinelli

“When you grow up,
what do you want to be and why?”


In this exuberant book by a Newbery Award winner, a little boy explores all the fun and exciting things he can be when he grows up. Spinelli’s simple and charming rhymes are accompanied by vibrant and fantastical illustrations created by internationally renowned illustrator Liao. Full color. []


He grew up in rural Pennsylvania and went to college at Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University. He has published more than 25 books and has six children and 16 grandchildren.

Jerry Spinelli began writing when he was 16 — not much older than the hero of his book Maniac Magee. After his high school football team won a big game, his classmates ran cheering through the streets — all except Spinelli, who went home and wrote a poem about the victory. When his poem was published in the local paper, Spinelli decided to become a writer instead of a major-league shortstop.[]


It’s one of the most frequently asked questions of children of all ages: what do you want to be when you grow up? This little boy has lots of possibilities: he could be, for instance, “a puddle stomper, apple chomper, mixing-bowl licker, tin-can kicker”. This book is like a love letter to possibilities, the idea that you can be anything you want to be. The exuberance bounds off the page along with the little boy and his rabbit friend. The rhymes and illustrations make it a natural choice to share with children, but, as the cover points out, it’s also good for children-at-heart who might be poised on the cusp of their own future. []

February’s Professional Book Review: 10,000 Ways to Say I Love You

10,000 Ways to Say I Love You

by Gregory J.P. Godek

How do you say I love you in different languages?

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Our book for the month of love is by Gregory J.P. Godek entitled 10,000 ways to say I love you.  This book unveils the different ways to express love that might not yet known for most of us. Here are some information about the book from, an online e-book retailer.


SynopsisThe small book with the biggest collection of loving ideas ever gathered in one place, now in a tenth anniversary edition.

This is the ultimate practical, giftable resource for couples, filled with 10,000 ideas for expressing affection. From the author of the phenomenally successful 1001 Ways to Be Romantic, “America’s Romance Coach” Gregory J.P. Godek, 10,000 Ways to Say I Love You overflows with surprise ideas, back-to-basics classics that always work, and inspired twists on creative expression. Readers can express true affection with secret love notes, perpetual bouquets, secluded picnics, outrageous gifts…and 9,996 more ways to say “I love you.” At one idea per day, this book will last couples 27.4 years!
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Professional Book Review: January 2012

Happy New Year Everywhere by Arlene Erlbach will give a glimpse on the ways how people from the different parts of the world celebrate the first day of the year.

About the author:

I’ve always loved to write and make up stories” – Arlene Erlbach

Noted for her award winning teen romance book “Does Your Nose Get in the Way, Too,?”, Arlene Erlbach wrote books ranging from fiction, non-fiction, how-to and even facts- based books. She is a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator and also a reading teacher in Chicago.

Here is the book review written by Wendy Morris from, a website that evaluates not only children’s book but also books for teenagers and adults. Founded in the year 2000, continues to help readers in choosing good books.

Happy New Year, Everywhere!
Arlene Erlbah
illustrated by Sharon Lane Hol
The Millbrook Press, 2000
$22.90 hardcover

How do you celebrate the New Year? Do you . . .

Sing “Auld Lang Syne” and watch fireworks with your family?

Eat twelve grapes at midnight and count to twelve as fast as you can? Wear a scary mask to frighten away evil spirits and bad luck?

Eat vasilopita with a coin hidden inside for good fortune? These are just a few of the many different ways people celebrate the New Year around the world. In some places the New Year doesn’t even begin on January first — it begins in February or April or even September!

Arlene Erlbach has collected New Year customs from all over the world — twenty countries in all, including Japan, Israel, Greece, Chile and more. For each country she gives a brief, basic description of some of the traditions and their backgrounds. There are maps, pronunciation guides, and the date — or dates! — the New Year is celebrated. Erlbach also includes crafts, recipes and other New Year-related activities for you to do; all are simple and kid-friendly (if not always authentic) requiring little or no adult assistance.

I can easily imagine a kid, seven or eight or nine years old, carefully studying each country in the book, doing as many of the crafts as possible, and then encouraging the rest of the family to participate as each New Year holiday during the calendar year comes around. I know, because I would have done that myself at that age. For the reader who finds the entry for a specific country too brief or superficial, the book provides a reasonably generous bibliography of references and further reading.

And since not every New Year begins in January, Happy New Year, Everywhere! is good all year round.

Reviewed by Wendy Morris. © 2000 by Wendy Morris.


Book Review: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

From: Philippine Daily Inquirer

A person is famous when his or her name is enough to become the title of a best-selling book. A person is iconic when his or her image looking out at the reader on the cover is considered both intimate and a work of art. This holds true for the late American genius Steve Jobs, founder of Apple and the subject of the exhaustive and exhausting authorized biography, “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Shuster, New York, 2011, 630 pages).

But in a way, “Jobs” is the last, great project from the man who changed forever the relationship between technology and humanity by shepherding into reality the Macintosh, the iMac, the iPhone and the iPad, among other feats of design and invention. He made Apple ubiquitous.

Though Jobs died last Oct. 5 at the age of 56 after battling pancreatic cancer, he made sure that his children—and perhaps the world—would know as much about him as possible. This is because it was Jobs himself who pursued Isaacson—who had written respected biographies of great innovators such as Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin—to pen the biography. A befuddled Isaacson actually demurred twice until he found out that Jobs was sick, eventually giving in. “Jobs” came out a few weeks after Jobs’ death.

What is clear is that Jobs afforded Isaacson unexpected access, doing more than 40 interviews even as Isaacson interviewed everyone he could find. The result is a comprehensive bio about a contradicted man. “Jobs” is no praise job; in fact, it is surprising how unflattering the book can be at times, but that is the book’s secret, as well. From the very beginning to the end, Jobs surprises and Isaacson takes note. Jobs’ story is far from conventional. Adopted after being abandoned by his American mother and Syrian father, Jobs grew up a smart, strange kid in California with an obsession with computers. Together with another genius, programmer Steve Wozniak, he would found Apple Computers, as well as the groundbreaking Pixar Animation Studios, becoming a multimillionaire in the process, and that was before he would up merchandising iEverything.

But Jobs was also an unpredictable, micromanaging perfectionist who could be manipulative and rude. Isaacson writes about what he called Jobs’ “reality distortion field,” Jobs’ obstinate tendency to recast the inconvenient fact to suit his needs. “He absolutely believed that the normal rules didn’t apply to him,” one executive said. The book described Jobs’ working style as suffering from “his typical empathy deficiency.” He was a ruthless businessman and didn’t get along with many people he worked with and most of the people he worked against, Microsoft’s Bill Gates being a prime example. Another said that “the trait that most stands out is Jobs’ needs to control events.”

Isaacson captured all this set against the development of the many technological innovations Jobs would champion. “Jobs” sometimes loses itself amid the forest of tech talk but Jobs eventually emerges again in either a bad mood or in high spirits. There are emotional highs and depressing lows, and “Jobs” can become similarly heavy, as well. There is a lot to read here about both what Jobs accomplished and who he is, and believe it or not, the latter is actually more interesting. “He is not a model boss or human being, tidily packaged for emulation,” Isaacson wrote. “But his personality and passions and products were all interrelated.”

But this may exactly be what Jobs wanted when he initiated the book. He planned even this. After having premonitions that he would die young, Jobs wanted to let those touched by his technology to know of the fascinating, flawed person known for his Issey Miyake turtlenecks, a visionary, as well as a “techno-dictator.”  This book, too, is part of his legacy. A compelling portrait of a conflicted genius, “Steve Jobs” is an unflinchingly honest biography that describes the enigmatic man on the book’s cover, a life as iconic as that phone in your pocket and the book’s cover. After all, Steve Jobs helped design that, as well.



by Richard Paul Evans

There is no hurt so great that love cannot heal it” 

The Christmas season is on. The advent breeze is strongly felt and all talks about celebrations and gifts. The book review for this month is related to this wonderful time of the year. The central theme of the novel “The Gift” by Richard Paul Evans revolves around the underlying reason for having this season that is to love.

Here is a review of the

Richard Paul Evans’s newest novel tells the story of a man who makes a living by “spying” on employees who are stealing from the company he works for, and a boy he meets during one of his many business trips. He’s good at what he does despite his medical condition.

Nathan Hurst has Tourette’s Syndrome, which causes a person to have facial ticks, uncontrollable body movements and other related symptoms that will often surprise or shock those who are not familiar with the disease. (Richard Paul Evans has Tourette’s and uses his own experiences to model Nathan’s symptoms.) While the book is not about Tourette’s per se, it’s important to know that the main character suffers from it because this comes into play later as the story progresses.

Nathan is the narrator, and in the first chapter he talks not only about Tourette’s but also about an event he alludes to that occurred when he was only eight years old. It’s an event that changed his life, destroying his family and alienating him from his mother for the rest of his life. It is also a weight he carries on his shoulders and has helped shape him into the person he is today.

During a routine “arrest” at one of the stores, Nathan encounters a woman who is caught stealing. She confesses that she actually brought back the goods, feeling awful about it, but stole the items in the first place because she needed the money. She is in an abusive marriage (the evidence is all over her body) and trying to get away from her husband. Because she has brought everything back, Nathan does not report her and lets her go out of the goodness of his heart. His job dictates that he arrest her, but he sees that she needs his help. Nathan is reprimanded for being lenient with the employee but explains that he has good reason. So his boss decides not to write him up for this indiscretion.

Back at the airport, as he waits for his flight home to be announced, Nathan meets a woman with two small children. Her son is obviously ill. When they learn that the flight has been canceled due to a winter storm, the mother becomes distraught because she has no place to put her children for the night. Nathan has a room already booked courtesy of his office, and he kindly offers it to her. At first she declines but then accepts hesitantly. It is the start of a relationship that will turn Nathan’s life around and ultimately teach him a lesson in unselfish love and forgiveness, a lesson that comes from the little boy who is terminally ill. What this child does for people — most of them strangers — is the focus of the remainder of the story.

I don’t want to give away too much, but I can say that THE GIFT is about miracles and the power of love. One has to suspend disbelief to truly enjoy the book, and while I’m not a believer in miracles I did “buy” into the theme and found the ending an emotional experience. A box of tissues may be necessary before reaching the last page, so be prepared!

Reviiewed by Marie Hashima Lofton( on October 4, 2011


Professional Book Review for November

 Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi


 Here is the review of School Library Journal website on the book.
Unbounded Chaos

“Bright Sands Beach stretched into the distance, a tarred expanse of sand and puddled seawater, littered with the savaged bodies of…oil tankers and freighters….It was as if the Scavenge God had come amongst the ships, slashing and chopping…and then left the corpses scattered carelessly behind. And wherever the huge ships lay, scavenge gangs like Nailer’s swarmed like flies.”

Young teen Nailer spends his days stripping copper wiring from abandoned oil tankers and his nights in a squatter’s hut on the beach, in Paolo Bacigalupi’s. Coastal cities, drowned by the effects of global warming, are packed with “rust rats” eking out a desperate subsistence selling whatever they can scavenge.

After a “city killer” hurricane hits, Nailer discovers an exquisite clipper ship wrecked on the beach, and must choose between stripping its riches or saving its lone survivor, Nita, a beautiful young shipping heiress whose family is embroiled in a deadly power struggle. Colliding social classes underlie Ship Breaker’s tautly thrilling tale of two teens learning to see beyond themselves in a dangerous world. Philosophical questions of loyalty, humanity, and family are woven through the fast-paced and imaginative story, replete with genetically engineered creatures and astoundingly high-tech pirates.



SCHOOLED by Gordon Korman

Being in a new environment full of uncertainties is exciting. The book Schooled authored by Gordon Korman follows the life of  Cap as he shifts from home schooling to a classroom based education. It talks about positive adaptation and the real importance of schooling. The review below was written by Norah Piehl from
“If you didn’t know better, you’d think that Capricorn Anderson arrived in a time machine. With his long, flowing hair, tie-dyed clothes and cornhusk sandals, he looks like something straight out of Woodstock when he shows up for his first day of school at Claverage (nicknamed “C-Average”) Middle School.

The thing is, Capricorn has sort of been living in a time warp. Living with his grandmother Rain as thelast two residents of the counterculture Garland Community, Capricorn has lived his whole life without telephones, television, iPods, or any of the other modern conveniences that clutter his new classmates’ lives. Capricorn doesn’t understand money — Rain, who has homeschooled Capricorn, considers it a necessary evil — and he has no friends except for his grandmother. But when Rain breaks her hip and Capricorn is sent to foster care during her recovery, he is about to get a crash course in modern living.

Sent to live with his case worker (a former Garland resident herself) and her bratty daughter, Capricorn is also enrolled at Claverage, where he is immediately targeted by big man on campus Zach Powers and the other popular students. At Claverage, the tradition is to elect the weirdest kid in the class as eighth-grade president. Cap fits the bill exactly.

 Clueless about politics, power and school dances, Cap nevertheless takes his job very seriously. Attending  (fake) press conferences, learning his classmates’ names, teaching them tai chi and tie dye, and doing a great job (he thinks) of handling the Student Activities budget responsibly, Capricorn gradually wins over C- Average, one peace sign at a time.

Like many of Gordon Korman’s previous novels, SCHOOLED treads a line just this side of absurdity. Although hippie Capricorn is just too outrageous to be entirely believable, he is nevertheless likable and sympathetic, possessing “all the idealism of the sixties with none of the reality checks.” Narrated by a half-dozen or more of Cap’s friends and acquaintances (as well as by Capricorn himself), Korman’s book shows how this lovable oddball gradually weaves his way into the lives — and ideals — of everyone he meets.

Just as Cap wins over even the most unlikely classmates, his anti-materialist, pro-simplicity message will  eventually get through to even the most diehard cell-phone-toting, Nintendo Wii-playing, designer-jeans- wearing readers. Through Capricorn’s example, Korman invites kids to reconsider what’s really important in their own lives and to be open to unorthodox ways of thinking, acting and living one’s life. Heavy stuff, right?   Maybe — but Korman’s skillful characterizations and off-the-wall humor make big ideas go down easily. “

Professional Book Review for the Month of September

Chike and the River by Chinua Achebe

Have you ever felt in between the modern and the traditional? This story will explore the journey of Chike in his quest to expand his horizon, the book has been reviewed by Los Angeles Times Book Critic David L Ulin. Here is the full review:

“Chinua Achebe’s “Chike and the River” reads with the directness of a folk tale, even though it’s set in the modern world. Originally published in 1966, eight years after the author’s landmark novel “Things Fall Apart,” it is the first of his four children’s books, the story of a boy named Chike who yearns to cross the Niger River, for no other reason than to see what’s on the other side.
Achebe is one of the signal figures of contemporary African literature, a writer who put the continent on the literary map. “Things Fall Apart,” his first novel and still his masterpiece, traces with delicate acuity the clash of traditional and Western cultures through the figure of a man, Okonkwo, caught between the old ways and the new. His battle to preserve not just his identity but also that of his village is tragic and heartbreaking, for he is doomed by the very attributes that in another time might well have served him: his sense of his position, of his responsibility and, ultimately, his sense of self.
“Chike and the River” has only the loosest connection to “Things Fall Apart” —it opens in Umuofia, the same village where the novel is set. Still, it’s difficult to read without thinking of Okonkwo’s story, which in some sense underlies the action of the book. Without the tensions that “Things Fall Apart” illuminates there would be nothing for Chike to navigate, as he moves from Umuofia to the river town of Onitsha, where he lives with his uncle, who works there as a clerk.
“In Umuofia,” Achebe writes, “every thief was known, but here even people who lived under the same roof were strangers to one another. Chike was told by his uncle’s servant that sometimes a man died in one room and his neighbor in the next room would be playing his gramophone. It was all very strange.”
For Chike, such strangeness is at the heart of everything, even as he goes to school and makes friends. This gives his fascination with the river an aspect of the elemental, as if here, at least, he has found a connection that makes sense. It is a matter of adventure, of curiosity even, although Chike knows curiosity has its price. To highlight that, Achebe tells us of “the proverb about the overcurious monkey who got a bullet in the brain.”
In moments like this, we see the push-pull of modernity and tradition, the collision of the present and the past. That’s what “Things Fall Apart” sought to evoke, and in a very real sense it motivates “Chike and the River,” as well. Unlike “Things Fall Apart,” this is no cautionary tale although Chike is surprised, ultimately, by how his encounter with the river changes everything.
“So he thought,” Achebe writes, “what was the use of dreaming? As his mother used to say: A poor man should not dream of rice.” But more important is the realization that only by dreaming can Chike enlarge himself — a compelling metaphor for modernization, despite its discontents.”

Professional Book Review for the Month of August

55 Piling Alamat ng Pilipinas ni Pablo M. Cuasay

Sa pagtahak sa ikalimampu’t limang taon ng paaralan ng Xavier ay nagagalak ang karamihan. Ngunit alam nyo ba na may libro na nagsasasaad ng limampu’t limang piling alamat ng Pilipinas? Narito ang ilang detalye ng naturang aklat mula sa National Bookstore Online:

Ang layunin ng isang alamat ay sariwain ang mga pangyayaring makasaysayan upang makapukaw ng damdamin ng mga mambabasa, at makapagpagunita ng mga bagay na may kinalaman sa nakaraang panahon. Dahil dito’y kailangang isaalang-alang ng sinumang sumusulat na ito’y hindi dapat mauwi sa isang katha-katha o sa isang karaniwang kuwento lamang. Ang alamat ay nagpapahiwatig ng damdamin, pag-iisip at ugali ng mga tao hindi lamang noong nakaraang panahon kundi gayon din sa kasalukuyan. Ito’y nagdudulot ng magandang pagkakataon sa paglinang ng wika at nakapupukaw rin ng kalooban ng mga magaaral sa pag-ibig sa bayan.

PHP 135.00

Nagpalimbag: National Book Store, Inc.
ISBN: 9710851098
Bigat: 0.16 kg


Philippine Publications. Retrieved on July 30, 2011 from