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Dr. Wilda Reviews children’s book: ‘Bimbambu’

18 Aug

Moi received a complimentary copy of Bimbambu. Here is information about Bimbambu:

Author: Ileana L. Katzenelson

Artist: Sean Brown

Graphic Designer: Yael Sela

Publisher: Soul Prints Press

ISBN: 978-0-9859334-0-1

Bimbambu’s teaching begins with the cover. The reader,who is age three and above is treated to a beautiful soaring bird, who is happy. The cover is colorful and sure to attract attention.

The text is simple, yet packed with so much meaning and it flows in a way that makes it easy for children to understand. The press material describes the book:

Bimbambu is a bird that understands the needs of others. It is his nature to be compassionate and giving.

Bimbambu teaches the child in all of us about values.

UNESCO describes “Values Education”

Introduction

The values and attitudes we live by affect how we relate to other people and to all our activities in the environment, and so are a major influence on our prospects for achieving a sustainable future.

Although they cannot be separated from cognitive understanding, values and attitudes relate to the affective (or emotional) dimension of human behaviour. While values and attitudes are similar in this regard, they differ in several important ways.

  • Values are generally long-term standards or principles that are used to judge the worth of an idea or action. They provide the criteria by which we decide whether something is good or bad, right or wrong.
  • Attitudes predispose us to respond in particular ways to people and events. They are not so deeply felt as values and quite often change as a result of experience.

This module provides an opportunity to consider the importance of human values and attitudes in shaping the future. It also provides ideas and examples for two categories of strategies for exploring values in the classroom – values clarification and values analysis.

Objectives

  • To develop an understanding of values education strategies;

  • To consider the relation between values and personal behaviour affecting the achievement of sustainable futures;

  • To reflect on your futures awareness, commitment and actions; and

  • To develop skills for using values clarification and values analysis in teaching.  http://www.unesco.org/education/tlsf/mods/theme_d/mod22.html

Bimbambu has been published by Souls Print Press.

Here is a bit about Souls Print Press:

Soul Prints Press  is a publishing company that aims to entertain kids while teaching them at the same time.

We are interested in books that aim to gently guide kids to have  a moral compass, to act for the best and highest good of all and to better humankind. The focus is books that direct kids to act in a way that is considerate of others, and that show that other people matter. Kids are constant teachers, and adults often forget things that children still remember; therefore, it is wonderful to have an opportunity to be reminded of the multiple lessons that children can teach us with their innocence, honesty and pure hearts. Kids have not yet been conditioned by society to be a certain way. They are naturally curious, spontaneous and optimistic. Children naturally see the good in others and see everything with a fresh perspective. The stories published by this new company will aim to remind adults of all these qualities that are so natural in children, and to see things from the perspective of a child.

http://www.bimbambu.com/about-us/

Souls Print Press accomplished their objective with Bimbambu. For another great book about values, see Dr. Wilda Reviews: children’s book: Bully Bean. https://drwildareviews.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/dr-wilda-reviews-childrens-book-bully-bean/

Bimbambu is published on sturdy paper stock. The illustrations are beautifully drawn with bright colors and present enough movement for the small child’s eye, yet the composition appeals to adults as well. Bimbambu is a happy bird throughout the book, even when he is down to his last feather. Bimbambu is happy in his generosity and his generosity blesses him with many friends. His friends of all diverse types respond to his generosity as well. This is a very sweet story for children of all ages.

This is a Dr. Wilda Reviews Best Pick with a definite thumbs up.

Other Reviews:

Bimbambu Reviewed By Conny Crisalli of Bookpleasures.com                                                                                            http://www.bookpleasures.com/websitepublisher/articles/6316/1/Bimbambu-Reviewed-By-Conny-Crisalli-of-Bookpleasurescom/Page1.html

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Dr. Wilda Reviews: children’s book: ‘Bully Bean’

18 Aug

Moi received a complimentary copy of Bully Bean. Here is information about Bully Bean:

Authors: Thomas Weck and Peter Weck

Illustrator: Len Di Salvo

Publisher: Lima bean Press

ISBN: 978-1-933872-05-6

2.5 Kids blog answered the question at what age do children start bullying?

Bullying Starts as Early as 6 Years Old

Usually bullying can start as early as 6 years old, but even earlier depending on what experiences a child has been exposed to.

For instance, if a child with an aggressive personality is exposed to violence in the home at a very early age, he or she could begin bullying as young as 4, when empathy is still being formed.                 http://2point5kids.com/bullying/at-what-age-does-bullying-start/

Bully Bean is not only a timely, but necessary book. It is aimed at children from ages 4 to 8.

Bully Bean teaches the child in all of us about values and the fact that bullies are neither happy nor successful.

UNESCO describes “Values Education”

Introduction

The values and attitudes we live by affect how we relate to other people and to all our activities in the environment, and so are a major influence on our prospects for achieving a sustainable future.

Although they cannot be separated from cognitive understanding, values and attitudes relate to the affective (or emotional) dimension of human behaviour. While values and attitudes are similar in this regard, they differ in several important ways.

  • Values are generally long-term standards or principles that are used to judge the worth of an idea or action. They provide the criteria by which we decide whether something is good or bad, right or wrong.
  • Attitudes predispose us to respond in particular ways to people and events. They are not so deeply felt as values and quite often change as a result of experience.

This module provides an opportunity to consider the importance of human values and attitudes in shaping the future. It also provides ideas and examples for two categories of strategies for exploring values in the classroom – values clarification and values analysis.

Objectives

  • To develop an understanding of values education strategies;

  • To consider the relation between values and personal behaviour affecting the achievement of sustainable futures;

  • To reflect on your futures awareness, commitment and actions; and

  • To develop skills for using values clarification and values analysis in teaching.  http://www.unesco.org/education/tlsf/mods/theme_d/mod22.html

Here is information about Lima Bear Press:

Lima Bear® Press has a very straightforward mission: to publish children’s stories that are, engaging, imaginative, and humorous while each carries an important life message such as tolerance, honesty, courage and the like.

In the 10-book series entitled The Lima Bear Stories, as the basic characters appear and reappear, each has a distinct personality that shines through in every story. While the children have no idea what twists and turns the story may take, they come to know the characters and have a pretty good idea of how they are likely to act in different situations and settings. In essence, the children become friends with the characters. There is a form of bonding that develops. Each story carries an important overriding message (such as courage, tolerance, honesty), and we believe that this bonding creates a more profound understanding and appreciation of the message.                           http://limabearpress.com/index.html

Lima Bear  Press accomplished their objective with Bully Bean. For another great book about values, see Dr. Wilda Reviews: children’s book: Bimbambu.   https://drwildareviews.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/dr-wilda-reviews-childrens-book-bimbambu/

The press material describes the reason the authors wrote Bully Bean:

From a young age, children are exposed to the harsh and unfair aspects of being bullied. It is sometimes hard for adults to understand how vulnerable all kids are to bullying. Children and parents struggle to figure out the best way of handling bullying situations.

Bully Bean is a wonderful story told in a way in which children can relate to. Children can see that the beans are a diverse group and because of their differences, some beans are treated differently than others. Bully Bean, the largest bean, has to learn to see how his size and strength can be used in positive ways. Along with the theme that bullying is wrong, another theme is forgiveness. That is something that all the beans have to learn and that allows them to go forward with building a better community for all beans.

The cover provides a good introduction to the story. The text flows and there is a little rhyme which ties the story together. Bully Bean is printed on high quality paper and children are sure to treasure the book and the message. It is just a beautiful little book.

This is a Dr. Wilda Reviews Best Pick with a definite thumbs up.

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Dr. Wilda Reviews: ‘All I Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq’

17 Aug

Moi received a complimentary copy of  ‘All I Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq.’ Here is the information about the book:

Title: ‘All I Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq’

Author:  Miyoko Hikiji

Publisher: History Publishing Company, 2013

ISBN: 978-1—933909-52-3 (hc); 1-933909-52-8 (sc-10-digit); 978-1-933909-86-8(ebk.); 1-933909-51-X (ebk. 10-digit)    

This is a quintessential American story. In fact moi thinks this quote from quintessential American, President Truman sets the tone for this review:

You know that being an American is more than a matter of where your parents came from. It is a belief that all men are created free and equal and that everyone deserves an even break.

Harry S. Truman

In so many ways, Ms. Hikiji embodies that quote.

The purpose for this memoir is is to tell her story. In the introduction, Hikiji writes:

THIS IS MY WAR STORY. IT’S PART MILITARY HISTORY, PART personal revelation, part therapy. To the best of my abilities, I recounted the events of my 2003-2004 deployment to Iraq from over a thousand pages of letters, mission notes, photos and newspaper articles. Though it maintains a high degree of factual integrity, my story is partly a creative endeavor and solely my own truth.

Hikiji’s story is not only personal, but it gives the reader a personal glimpse into a moment in U.S. history. She describes Iraq as a “beautiful hell.”

The book is a series of episodes and moments in time which do not necessarily occur in chronological order, it is not linear. The reader doesn’t mind the episodic treatment because the book flows and is very easy to read.

The book helps the reader to understand the effect of war on our military, but it gives an understanding of Hikiji’s blended background. Her father is Japanese and her mother is a Caucasian from Iowa. The family eventually settled in Iowa and the history of being one of the few families of color in their Iowa city is described. Race is one of the threads which gave Ms. Hikiji her grit and determination. At page 83 there is a wonderful recounting of Asian and military culture.

One of the key themes of the book was how women soldiers were viewed in military culture by others and by each woman. At page 29, Hikiji wrote:

As a “female” soldier I was always unequal and inadequate, overlooked and underestimated. I was denied my due recognition as a soldier, yet I soldiered on to the end of my enlistment contract. Despite their best efforts, the men never convinced me I was anything less. They could not reverse the previous eighteen years of conditioning that had truly prepared me for my soldierhood.

The author’s family history gave her the ability to work hard under trying circumstances and her Asian background gave her the ability to look beyond personal slights and still be loyal to the cause. This trait she apparently got from her father.  His experiences at Quaker Oats were described at page 32.

The book is well written and will keep the reader’s attention. This is an American story which weaves together the themes of family, both personal and military, race, gender, history, and the fact that ordinary people can do extraordinary things within the course of a life. President Truman was right in saying that an American is someone who believes that “everyone deserves an even break.” The men and women of the military, especially the 2133rd Transportation Company, Iowa National Guard, were examples of what President Truman meant.

This is a Dr. Wilda Reviews Best Pick with a definite thumbs up.

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Dr. Wilda Reviews: ‘Luke and Linda Learn What a Bank Can Do’

7 Aug

Moi received a complimentary copy of Luke and Linda Learn What a Bank Can Do. Here is the information about the book:

Title What a Bank Can Do: Luke and Linda Learn
Author John Tuzee
Publisher Kids Life Press, 2012
ISBN 0975534882, 9780975534885

Financial literacy is not only an issue for adults, but is a topic that children should be taught. Investopedia defines financial literacy in the article, Teaching Financial Literacy To Kids: Introduction:

Financial literacy is the ability to use knowledge and skills to make effective and informed money management decisions. Personal financial literacy encompasses a range of money topics, from everyday skills such as balancing a checkbook to long-term planning for retirement. While literacy – the ability to read and write – is a fundamental part of the education system, financial literacy is often left out of the equation. In the United States, fewer than half of states have any financial literacy requirements for their K-12 education systems, and only four states require high school students to take personal finance classes.

While there is a movement to include more finance-related coursework in elementary, middle and high school settings, parents and guardians are the primary educators when it comes to teaching children the skills they need to develop a strong foundation for life-long financial competence. Many adults, however, avoid talking to kids about money, because they lack confidence in how they’ve handled their own finances. This is unfortunate, because adults have two things that children do not when it comes to finances: experience and perspective. You do not have to be a financial rock star with a perfect track record to teach your child personal finance basics and get the money conversation started. If your finances are currently in a mess, you can work to get them in order and be a positive role model.
http://www.investopedia.com/university/teaching-financial-literacy-kids/

Tuzee’s book is a good basic primer about the financial system. The themes of the book are financial literacy and teaching an understanding of the banking system. It is basic knowledge, but Tuzee does a great job.

Moi liked the book because the illustrations were colorful and sure to catch a child’s eye. The graphics and pictures were good. Concepts were explained clearly and the text flowed.

The age range for the book could be from about five years on. Yes, even some older children could benefit from the book because the level of financial literacy in the country is low among many populations. The cover is great because it lets the reader know exactly what the book is about. There is also good and concise biography information about the author and the illustrator on the cover.

Moi loved the book and would highly recommend the book to parents who are interested in teaching their children about the banking system.

Here is the press info about the book:

Union Bank Partners With Nationally Recognized Children’s Authors To Teach Kids About Money

Survey reveals more than three fourths of U.S. youth want to learn more about how to save money.

“We want to spread the word about What a Bank Can Do and the important story it tells,” says Leis. “The book is a great addition to John and Diane Tuzee’s collection and especially relevant for Union Bank and the financial industry at large.”  

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (PRWEB) July 11, 2013

In an effort to demonstrate its commitment to responsible banking and financial education, Union Bank, N.A., today unveiled a new, limited edition children’s book, What a Bank Can Do, by nationally recognized children’s authors John and Diane Tuzee. The bank also announced the results of its national YouthQuery survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive® from June 13-26, 2013, providing insight into the financial needs and desires of 8 to 18 year olds.

The survey of more than 1,200 U.S. youth reveals that 83 percent agree that they should spend less of their money in order to save more, and 76 percent want to learn more about how to save money. Eighty percent agree it is very important for someone their age to have a savings account, and the majority of U.S. youth also want to talk more with the adults in their life (e.g., parents, teachers) about how to save money (63 percent) and wish they had better sources of information about how to save money (61 percent).

“This study is eye opening, and confirms that our nation’s youth are hungry for knowledge, including learning and talking more about how to save with teachers, parents and other adults,” says Union Bank Executive Vice President George Leis, regional president for the bank’s Central Coast division, which is hosting a special book signing in San Luis Obispo with the Tuzees in July. “What a Bank Can Do tells a great story about the importance of saving and the role that banks have in our communities and our nation, and we hope it will be a fun learning tool for all adults to share with the youth in their lives. Educating and empowering youth using tools like this book will help build and sustain strong communities for the future.”    

Colorful and easy-to-read, What a Bank Can Do explores the fun and importance of saving money through its main characters Luke and Linda, who first learn with their toy banks and later with their own bank accounts. With rhyming verse-text, the book reminds children of “one thing that’s kind of simple…always save more than you spend…” To help tell its story, What a Bank Can Do also features bold, lively illustrations by Mike Kasun, a nationally recognized commercial artist.

“It was clear to us that there’s a great need for books like What a Bank Can Do and other learning materials,” says Leis. “We support financial education throughout the year at Union Bank, and it is one of our core areas of philanthropic giving – supporting this book is a natural continuation of our commitment.”

Union Bank provided underwriting support for the development and initial distribution of What a Bank Can Do, donating many copies to schools and youth groups. The Tuzees hope the story, a 30-page journey sure to please the young and young-at-heart, will generate interest from other underwriters to support additional copies. “We’re pleased that Union Bank stepped up to support our initial print of nearly 5,000 copies, and we want to create a demand for more books,” says John Tuzee.    

“We want to spread the word about What a Bank Can Do and the important story it tells,” says Leis. “The book is a great addition to John and Diane Tuzee’s collection and especially relevant for Union Bank and the financial industry at large.”

To preview What a Bank Can Do online, please click here: What_A_Bank_Can_Do.pdf.

Survey Methodology
Harris Interactive® conducted the survey online within the United States on behalf of Union Bank from June 13-26, 2013, among 1,211 8-18 year olds. Results were weighted as needed for age, sex, race/ethnicity, parental education, education, urbanicity and region. All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words “margin of error” as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal. Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the U.S. 8-18 year old population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to be invited to participate in the Harris Interactive online research panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $97 billion at March 31, 2013. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service commercial bank providing an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 443 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, and New York as well as two international offices, on March 31, 2013. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, one of the world’s largest financial organizations. In July 2013, American Banker Magazine and the Reputation Institute ranked Union Bank #1 for reputation among its customers. Visit http://www.unionbank.com/ for more information.

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