Archive for April, 2014

Frozen Little Golden Book (Disney Frozen) is Great Reading for Boys and Girls Ages 2-5

Our girls love watching frozen. They slap the DVD into the computer again and again.  How do you condense an hour and 40 min. movie into a Little Golden Book? I don'[t know,  but this one was done very well.

The Frozen Little Golden Book (Disney Frozen) is absolutely adorable. This is a great pick for that little princess lover. The pictures don’t look exactly like they do in the movie, but they are surprisingly close. The book attempts to include all of the pot points from the book, necessarily leaving out some details for brevity. Overall, this is a good buy.

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Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy with Frozen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a young dreamer, must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, and his reindeer on the grandest of journeys to find Anna’s sister, the Snow Queen Elsa, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction. The comedy-adventure Frozen journeys into theaters in November 2013.

Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen, and featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, and Santino Fontana, the film tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged, thrill-seeking mountain man, his loyal pet reindeer, and a hapless snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

The film underwent several story treatments for several years, before being commissioned in 2011, with a screenplay written by Jennifer Lee, and both Chris Buck and Lee serving as directors. Christophe Beck, who had worked on Disney’s award-winning short Paperman, was hired to compose the film’s orchestral score, while husband-and-wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez penned the songs.

Frozen premiered at the El Capitan Theatre on November 19, 2013,  and went into general release on November 27. Not accounting for inflation, the film is the highest-grossing animated film of all time and the sixth highest-grossing film of all time, having so far grossed nearly $1.13 billion in worldwide box office revenue, $400 million of which in the United States and Canada. It was met with widespread critical acclaim, and several film critics considered it to be the best Disney animated musical since the studio’s renaissance era.  The film won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (“Let It Go”), the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film,  the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film,  five Annie Awards (including Best Animated Feature),  and two Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (“Let It Go”).

Boys and girls ages 2-5 will enjoy this Little Golden Book retelling the whole exciting story.




BYU Idaho offers an overview of online learning: advantages, strengths, and limits

High School juniors and seniors can begin their BYU-Idaho education online at a significantly lower cost while still in high school. Learn more.


Here are some thoughts about online learning, from the university’s website:

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Recommended Reading: Online Learning: A User-Friendly Approach for High School and College Students

In every online class, some students are wildly successful, some earn average or slightly below-average grades, some barely pass, some fail, and some drop out. Whatever a student’s age, situation, or lifestyle, everything needed for successfully completing an online class is right here in this book. Each chapter covers a specific element of online learning and provides the new online student with practical strategies and how-to information so that any student can go into an online classroom prepared to succeed.


This book has strategies and tips that every online professor wants students to know before they sign up for an online class. Bowman has provided a reference tool for students to develop self-directed learning skills that will help them become secure and knowledgeable about technology, studying, communicating online, and getting work done on time.


It is important to understand that online learning is a delivery method not an ideology.

Online courses have the same learning outcomes as campus courses. In fact the same faculty that created the campus course created the online version.

Online courses leverage the power of the learning model to help students take ownership of their own education and facilitate lifelong learning.

Watch this video about deep learning in online courses.

Knowing how to learn effectively online and use technology is critical in today’s workplace. Students who take online courses are better prepared to live in a world that is based on technology.

Meridian Idaho Public Schools Ban The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexi

downloadThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has been banned from an Idaho school district.

According to the Idaho Statesman,  some Meridian School District parents and students cautioned the board about banning the book, while others labeled it pornographic and racist. Brady Kissel, a Mountain View High School student, brought a petition with 350 signatures asking the board to keep the book as part of the district’s curriculum.

“It is the very idea that our education is being censored,” she said.

More than 100 people came to the board meeting, with most speaking against keeping the book.

Lonnie Stiles complained that it subjects children to filthy words “we do not speak in our home.”

Stacy Lacy, a Meridian teacher, countered that the book appeals to many teenagers.

She told the story of one boy who was turned off to reading and was in summer school – a boy who was glued to his cellphone instead of doing his work. But when he got the book, he “devoured it and passed the class,” she said.

In the book, Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he thought he was destined to live.

Mad Dogs from the CHERUB Series is “Punchy, exciting, glamorous”

indexGang warfare gets gruesome in the eighth book of the CHERUB series, which Rick Riordan says has “plenty of action.”

In Mad Dogs, CHERUB agents are highly trained, extremely talented—and all under the age of seventeen. For official purposes, these agents do not exist. They are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists, hack into crucial documents, and gather intel on global threats—all without gadgets or weapons. It is an extremely dangerous job, but these agents have one crucial advantage: Adults never suspect that teens are spying on them.

In Mad Dogs, the British underworld is controlled by gangs. When two of them start a turf war, violence explodes onto the streets. The police need information fast, and James has the contacts to infiltrate the most dangerous gang of all…

‘Punchy, exciting, glamorous and, what’s more, you’ll completely wish it was true.’ — Sunday Express ‘Crackling tension and high-octane drama.’ — Daily Mail ‘A really good book that you could re-read over and over again.’ — Guardian ‘Pacy writing, punchy dialogue and a gripping plot, it’s got it all.’ — Daily Express ‘Fast-moving action … and cool gadgets!’ — The Times

“If you can’t bear to read another story about elves, princesses or spoiled rich kids who never go to the toilet, try this.” according to The Ultimate Teen Book Guide. “You won’t regret it.”

About Robert Muchamore

Robert Muchamore was born in Islington, London in 1972. He still lives there, and worked as a private investigator up until 2005 and the critically-accepted release of Maximum Security.

The Hunger Games phenomenon is part of the huge YA / Children’s book explosion that has grown, thanks to the British Rat pack of YA authors, Anthony Horowitz, Robert Muchamore, Mark A Cooper, Joe Craig and Charlie Higson. We owe much of the hunger games sucess to authors like Robert.

Robert was inspired to create the CHERUB series by his nephews’ complaints about the lack of anything for them to read. CHERUB: The Recruit was Robert’s first book and won the Red House Children’s Book Award 2005 in the Older Readers Category.

Following the last book in the CHERUB series, it was revealed that a trilogy would be released starting from August 2011 that will focus on a new set of CHERUB agents centred upon Ryan Sharma and also involve an sixteen year old Lauren Adams. The first book will be called People’s Republic.

Check out the Hendersons Boys series.

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