This alphabet book provides a plethora of information and when coupled with its companion, Healthy Foods from A to Z (2012),...

KEEPING FIT FROM A TO Z / MANTENTE EN FORMA DE LA A A LA Z

Crisp full-color photography enhances this alphabet of children’s games, activities and exercises in a bilingual format.

Keeping fit through physical activity and exercise is the alternative to today’s kids’ technology-oriented, sedentary choices. Alternating between English and Spanish, options range from typical aerobics, ice skating, karate or rollerblading to other energetic and even community-minded opportunities such as organizing a recycling team and unloading groceries. Using body and mind simultaneously, one can investigate the outdoors, play hide-and-seek or play the xylophone as other healthy, stimulating ways to stay active. Each page presents a letter in the alphabet in both upper- and lowercase with five to seven activity choices loosely centered on the letter and explained in English and Spanish. For example on the “S” page, “SKIP rope / (salta a la cuerda) // try SURFING / prueba hacer SURF // SALTA en los charcos / (jump over puddles)” are offered, along with stretching, sweeping and snowboarding. A bonus of 10 typical children’s games played around the world such as musical chairs, Simon says and let’s play in the woods completes this fun-focused bilingual guide.

This alphabet book provides a plethora of information and when coupled with its companion, Healthy Foods from A to Z (2012), will allow families to engage in both culinary and physically positive pastimes for wholesome living. (Informational picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9834983-5-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Moonstone Press LLC

Review Posted Online: July 29, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2014

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A motivating, personal account of an NFL star.

JUST A KID FROM MAINE

In this picture-book autobiography co-authored with Stephanie Mulligan, Matthew Mulligan describes becoming a professional football player.

Growing up in a small Maine town, Matthew excels at sports and aims to “be the star of a big-league” team. He plays basketball at Husson University until a coach asks him to try football. Matthew hasn’t played football but agrees to try it. It turns out he’s a natural. He transfers to the University of Maine, spends a year “perfecting his technique,” and plays for the school’s team. Following dedicated training, he eventually becomes a tight end in the NFL, where he plays for “millions of fans.” Delighting his family and friends, Matthew sets a record as the only “Mainer…in the NFL to date…to catch a touchdown pass.” The book encourages readers to pursue their passions, courageously try new things, and acknowledge “where you came from” and who “helped along the way.” Featuring simple but effective language and short sentences, this fast-paced read depicts Matthew’s journey in a compelling, kid-friendly way. Parker’s comic-book illustrations feature bright colors and lifelike imagery. Spreads incorporate speech and thought bubbles, supplementing the story’s breezy, approachable narration.

A motivating, personal account of an NFL star.

Pub Date: Jan. 18, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-954277-08-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: McSea Books

Review Posted Online: March 3, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2022

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THE CURSE

CONFRONTING THE LAST UNMENTIONABLE TABOO: MENSTRUATION

Who would have guessed that there are serious issues around menstruation, a bodily function that’s been around since Eve got tossed from Eden? This book makes them not only clear, but urgent. Dioxin poisoning, the psychological impact of secrecy and shame, and doubts about PMS are 1-2-3 on Village Voice journalist Houppert’s list. She takes on the $1.7-billion-dollar “personal products” industry with information that there is dioxin residue in the materials used to make most tampons. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there are no “acceptable” levels of dioxin; moreover, dioxin, which may affect reproduction, has a cumulative effect. Since it is women of reproductive age who use tampons(one woman may use as many as 11,400 of them in a lifetime), the industry’s claim that the dioxin in tampons poses no health threat should be met with skepticism at the least. In the second section, Houppert discusses how and what premenarchal girls learn about menstruation, how much of the secrecy and embarrassment surrounding menstruation is related to young girls’ burgeoning sexuality, and how the decreased age of menarche has been blamed, unfairly, for a so-called “epidemic” of teen sex. Premenstrual syndrome’s new official status (in the current diagnostic manuals) as a disease is also disturbing to Houppert, who wonders whether the cluster of symptoms that define PMS are a disease or a reaction to frustration and stress in many women’s lives. Prozac may bring relief to patients, but it’s also a financial boon to drug companies and health management organizations. The book wraps up with notes on the positive (“girl-power” Web sites, a new type of menstrual protection due on the market soon) and the bizarre (a Museum of Menstruation run by a man). Provocative journalism—the kind that provides information on questions no one even thought to ask—on a subject that impacts all girls and women, plus their teachers and physicians. (b&w illustrations)

Pub Date: April 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-374-27366-9

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 1999

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