Sunday, January 13, 2019

Calligraphic Drawing By Schin Loong Review

Calligraphic Drawing A how-to guide and gallery exploring the art of the flourish By Author: Schin Loong
Calligraphic Drawing A how-to guide and gallery exploring the art of the flourish

Description
Calligraphic Drawing, written and illustrated by artist Schin Loong, is a step-by-step guide to the pictorial side of calligraphy. Learn how to make calligraphic flourishes, then apply the technique to draw 15 different  flourished animals. You'll also find instructions for embellishing letters and drawing ornamental cartouches.

In the past, masters of penmanship advertised their copperplate skills by shaping their calligraphy and flourishes into elaborate pictorial designs. Now the art of the flourish is back! With her fresh approach to this age-old art form, Schin will take you confidently through each step, from choosing your pen, nib, and ink, to creating calligraphic animals that express your own imagination and artistry. The basic steps for the strokes are simple, but as you learn each new pattern and stroke, you'll watch your drawings develop into ever more complex and beautiful compositions.

By following the step-by-step instructions, you can create stunning drawings of a pigeon, swan, crane, rooster, jellyfish, goldfish, peacock, parrot, owl, raccoon, elephant, puppy, rabbit, fox, and zebra. Each exercise includes a photo of the animal, followed by an illustration and written guidance for each numbered step. You'll find helpful tips and encouragement throughout. At the back, a gallery showcase provides examples of Schin's own artwork to inspire you in your own flourishing pursuits.

Whether you're a designer, calligrapher, doodler, or just picked up a pen, this guide to drawing with flourishes will enlighten and inspire.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- A super pretty book with great exercises to practice.  It may be hard for beginners to master, but it will be easy to read and repeat the steps, even if they do not come out the same on the first few tries. It depends on your skill level. 

Trump and the Jews by David Rubin Review

Trump and the Jews

Trump and the Jews

The surprise election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States evoked passionate reaction across the American political spectrum. It seemed as if not one American was neutral. Trump's supporters adored him, while the expressions of hatred of many of his opponents defied the norms of civil debate.


Well into the Trump presidency, one community, the Jews, on both sides of the ocean, has been on the front lines of the continuing Trump debate that has gripped the nation. Trump's relationship with the Jewish community is unique in its very personal nature. Some of his key policy decisions affecting Jerusalem, the Iran nuclear deal, and even economic policy, have been influenced by positive relationships of trust that Trump maintained through the years as a high-profile businessman in New York, as well as some Jewish family connections.


At the same time, most American Jews voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Furthermore, many members of the liberal American Jewish community have been among President Trump's harshest and most vociferous opponents, which raises the obvious question, "How can a president who has been so good for the Jewish people fail to receive their support?" Trump and the Jews explains the complicated nature of the small, but highly influential American Jewish community, its natural, yet uneasy relationship with the State of Israel, and the role of religious Jews (as well as Christians) in passionate support of Trump, and of Israel.

It also explores the sharp American political divide, in which the role of American Jews is clearly evolving in ways that will surprise many objective observers. One thing is for sure Donald J. Trump will continue to make headlines and the Jews will continue to be involved. https://www.davidrubinisrael.com

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The book is a very open and filled with real truths. No matter which side of the fence you are on with this topic, you can gain knowledge and expand your mind with the details that this author brings to the surface.  I would recommend this read to older ages who may have more of an interest in the subject as I feel that younger children would not really understand as much and may lose interest.

Be Wee with Bea By Liz O’Neill Review

“Be Wee with Bea”
By Liz O’Neill
ISBN: 978-1532030628 (softcover); 978-1532030611 (electronic)
Available at the iUniverse Online Bookstore and Amazon
 
This story is simple. But Bea the wee bear is very complicated. The adorable part of Bea is that we can all identify with how much she complicates her problems and relate to the exercises she does to solve them. She does have a severe sugar addiction to her honey, which leads her to her obsession with exercises on her step stool. She also gets into predicaments when she cares too much about her friends and tries to force situations. Much of her angst and source of some of her problems are her bad memories of when the mean little bears would bully her.

Join us as we stroll with Bea, listening to the music from the water, trees, rocks, and birds, and meet her important friends—Scruffles, Sweet Puppy, Timothy, and Willow.

Bea invites you to take the wisdom of this book into your heart and learn to be wee with Bea.


About the author

Liz O’Neill, a third generation Vermonter, spent 28 years in a religious community and has a master’s in education with a minor in language arts. She also taught middle-grade writing and literature for 20 years. She has written curricula for her undergraduate and graduate courses in her local college, where she taught for seven years. She is currently working on two other books. One is “Be Wee With Bea Pt. 2” and the other is called “A Particular Friendship.” To learn more, please visit http://www.beweewithbea.com.

I received a complimentary copy. 

Cassandra's Review-  I am not sure if the book is for children or adults, but older ages would probably understand it more.  It is filled with what I guessing is more the authors take on the  subjects rather then how everyone is going to relate but it is nice to read someone else's thoughts. 


Confidence & Joy by Deborah Ross-Swain Review

Confidence & Joy: Success Strategies for Kids with Learning Differences: A Step-by-Step Guidebook for Parents and Professionals by [Ross-Swain, Deborah, Fogel Schneider, Elaine]
Confidence & Joy: Success Strategies for Kids with Learning Differences: A Step-by-Step Guidebook for Parents and Professionals
by Deborah Ross-Swain

In this breakthrough book, Confidence & Joy: Success Strategies for Kids with Learning Differences, you’ll be given practical tools to lead your child with learning differences to lifelong success—educationally, socially, and personally. You’ll be presented with questions for personal reflections that can transform parenting or teaching these children for who they are… smart and different! In this powerful parent-and professional-friendly book, you’ll find step-by-step strategies to build stellar teams and communities of support for your child as well as yourself.

You’ll also learn simple guidelines to build successful relationships, identify confidence and joy robbers, and notice signs and signals of learning differences. Discover useful checklists on how to jump-start your child’s confidence and joy, as well as how to go to bat for your child.

Based on more than 70 years of clinical experiences working with children with learning differences and communication disorders, Dr. Deborah Ross-Swain and Dr. Elaine Fogel Schneider’s message is as simple as it is effective: Children with learning differences are just that... different! Children with learning differences have their own talents and are smart, bright, and wonderful in their own way. All children are different, and all children want to succeed. With this book, they will!

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  While you may not agree with everything included in the book, the tips might help some parents a lot.  The information is relevant and in Q&A form.

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