An engaging, practical guide for parents.

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A Single Mother, A Few Perspectives......And anyone else that is a Single Parent

Jones’ debut guidebook on parenting offers an insightful, empowering and resourceful look at what it means to make it as a single parent.

As a single mother herself, Jones doesn’t focus on preconceived negative connotations of single parenthood, but instead provides positive support and guidance. The slim book, just 40 pages long, provides a valuable list of resources available to single parents, including a list of jobs that parents can do from home and that allow for a flexible schedule; instructions on how to apply for education-related funding; health care tips for those not eligible for government-funded health insurance; and housing advice, including how to find homeowning opportunities. She lists specific examples of how parents can increase their income using traditional job-hunting skills and suggests relieving stress by using methods ranging from meditation to masturbation. Throughout, Jones urges single parents to use creativity when confronting personal, professional or domestic challenges, and she encourages them to meditate on a positive future and take the steps necessary to make those dreams reality. The author adopts a tone that’s thoughtful and empathetic but never maudlin. In one chapter, she suggests that the reader visualize a healthier, happier and more productive self: “The goal here is seeking change in each routine or methods of living that you want to shift toward, rather than aspects of life that you want to prevent or give up.” At times, the advice is a bit idealistic—for example, she promises that, “If you can write an article, type a form or letter, research a topic such as the ‘healthiest foods to eat in America,’ then you can succeed with freelancing.” However, the book’s focus on positive thinking and resourcefulness offers readers a welcome perspective on single parenthood.

An engaging, practical guide for parents.

Pub Date: Dec. 19, 2012

ISBN: 978-1479352074

Page Count: 92

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: March 5, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2013

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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