A Child Through Time: The Book of Children’s History
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The Vedas and Upanishads for Children by Roopa Pai
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 2.6 MB
Overview: 3,000 years ago, deep inside the forests of India, a great ‘thought- revolution’ was brewing. In those forest labs, the brightest scientist-philosophers contemplated the universe and reflected upon the already-ancient texts called the Vedas, gaining some startling insights into questions that we still have no watertight answers to, like:
* What is the universe made of? *How do I know I’m looking at a tree when I see one? *Who am I? My body, my mind, my intelligence, my emotions, or NOTA? And where did they put those explosive findings? In a sprawling body of goose-bumpy, thought-provoking and fascinating oral literature called the Upanishads!
Intimidated? Don’t be! For this joyful, fun guide to some of India’s most enduring and secular wisdoms, reinterpreted for first-time explorers by author Roopa Pai, is guaranteed to keep you turning the pages. Why haven’t you read it yet?
Genre: Non-Fiction » Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Children’s Literature in Action, 3rd Edition by Sylvia M. Vardell
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 3 MB
Overview: This practitioner-oriented introduction to literature for children ages 5-12 covers the latest trends, titles, and tools for choosing the best books and materials as well as for planning fun and effective programs and activities.
• Includes recommendations and evaluations of digital ebooks, apps, and audiobooks as well as print titles, providing full coverage of today’s range of materials for children
• Features short essays by top authors and practitioners in the field to give readers expert opinions and guidance
• Provides author comments, collaborative activities, featured books, special topics and programs, selected awards and celebrations, historical connections, recommended resources, issues for discussion, relevant professional standards, and assignment suggestions within each chapter
• Addresses the most recent professional and curricular standards for elementary school students-a key element of today’s education assessment standards
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational
The Children of Lincoln: White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota, 1860-1876 by William D. Green
Requirements: PDF Reader 4.12 MB
Overview: How white advocates of emancipation abandoned African American causes in the dark days of Reconstruction, told through the stories of four Minnesotans
White people, Frederick Douglass said in a speech in 1876, were "the children of Lincoln," while black people were "at best his stepchildren." Emancipation became the law of the land, and white champions of African Americans in the state were suddenly turning to other causes, regardless of the worsening circumstances of black Minnesotans. Through four of these "children of Lincoln" in Minnesota, William D. Green’s book brings to light a little known but critical chapter in the state’s history as it intersects with the broader account of racein America.
In a narrative spanning the years of the Civil War and Reconstruction, the lives of these four Minnesotans mark the era’s most significant moments in the state, the Midwest, and the nation for the Republican Party, the Baptist church, women’s suffrage, and Native Americans. Morton Wilkinson, the state’s first Republican senator; Daniel Merrill, a St. Paul business leader who helped launch the first Black Baptist church; Sarah Burger Stearns, founder and first president of the Minnesota Woman Suffragist Association; and Thomas Montgomery, an immigrant farmer who served in the Colored Regiments in the Civil War: each played a part in securing the rights of African Americans and each abandoned the fight as the forces of hatred and prejudice increasingly threatened those hard-won rights.
Moving from early St. Paul and Fort Snelling to the Civil War and beyond, The Children of Lincoln reveals a pattern of racial paternalism, describing how even "enlightened" white Northerners, fatigued with the "Negro Problem," would come to embrace policies that reinforced a notion of black inferiority. Together, their lives-so differently and deeply connected with nineteenth-century race relations-create a telling portrait of Minnesota as a microcosm of America during the tumultuous years of Reconstruction.
Genre: Non-Fiction – History
More Secrets of Happy Children: A Guide for Parents by Steve Biddulph
Requirements: .PDF reader, 17.6 Mb
Overview: The sequel to The Secret of Happy Children — which has sold over 1 million worldwide. This book helps parents communicate with children from babyhood to teens. A book which covers a wide age group from toddlers to older children and covers new key issues such as: / ‘soft love’: the power of touch and praise and giving time and the ‘firm love’ which allows you to discipline (this is not about giving punishment but about teaching and getting involved! without hurt or fear) / the childcare issue — Steve believes that long day care of children under 3 in an institutional setting, like a creche will give kids a deprived childhood experience. He talks about finding a balance and what to do if you have no choice / Raising boys and raising daughters
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational
Children of Coyote, Missionaries of Saint Francis: Indian-Spanish Relations in Colonial California, 1769-1850 (Published by the Omohundro Institute of … and the University of North Carolina Press) by Steven W. Hackel
Requirements: .PDF reader, 6.2 MB
Overview: Recovering lost voices and exploring issues intimate and institutional, this sweeping examination of Spanish California illuminates Indian struggles against a confining colonial order and amidst harrowing depopulation. To capture the enormous challenges Indians confronted, Steven W. Hackel integrates textual and quantitative sources and weaves together analyses of disease and depopulation, marriage and sexuality, crime and punishment, and religious, economic, and political change.
As colonization reduced their numbers and remade California, Indians congregated in missions, where they forged communities under Franciscan oversight. Yet missions proved disastrously unhealthful and coercive, as Franciscans sought control over Indians’ beliefs and instituted unfamiliar systems of labor and punishment. Even so, remnants of Indian groups still survived when Mexican officials ended Franciscan rule in the 1830s. Many regained land and found strength in ancestral cultures that predated the Spaniards’ arrival.
At this study’s heart are the dynamic interactions in and around Mission San Carlos Borromeo between Monterey region Indians (the Children of Coyote) and Spanish missionaries, soldiers, and settlers. Hackel places these local developments in the context of the California mission system and draws comparisons between California and other areas of the Spanish Borderlands and colonial America. Concentrating on the experiences of the Costanoan and Esselen peoples during the colonial period, Children of Coyote concludes with an epilogue that carries the story of their survival to the present day.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Violet’s Children by Maureen Lee
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 225.3 mb, 8 hrs and 31 mins
Overview: Liverpool, 1950. They say you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family. Yet when Violet Duffy is asked to give a home to the orphaned children of a distant relative, it is precisely the choice she must face. Abby and Will have had young lives full of tragedy. Life with Violet offers love and safety. But as they grow up, their past won’t let them be. Will they choose Violet, or the lure of bigger cities and new horizons? Private passions, tough choices, lost loves and second chances pull them in different directions, but wherever life takes them, Violet’s door is always open – after all, it’s love that makes a house a home.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction > Historical