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Farmer's first cookbook was an update of a cookbook, written by one of her predecessors at the Boston Cooking School, which already incorporated precise measurement using standard measuring cups and spoons. Farmer's contribution was "level" measurement (as suggested by Marcia) and kitchen-testing of all the recipes by the school's students and faculty.
Read "Fannie in the Kitchen" to your child as an introduction to Fannie Farmer. Then read "Perfection Salad" by Laura Shapiro to learn the true story.
Although this is clearly a humourous, fictionalized take-off on a footnote to history, students and I also enjoy talking about how young Marcia must adjust to change, as her mother has a new baby. The way the illustrator depicts the developing relationship between Marcia and Fannie is delightful.
As the author note states, Fannie Farmer was one of the first to recommend precise measurements in cooking. What a fun way for kids to be introduced to this 19th century figure
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As a young boy, Matt is shielded from the outside world from his caretaker Celia, cook of El Patron's mansion. As time progresses, Matt is later discovered and winds up in the Big House (El Patron's house). From here on Matt begins his long journey of self discovery to find out who and what he really is. However, no journey goes without obstacles. Tom, a son of a US senator's wife (ok the wife cheated a little), terrorizes Matt's life by doing whatever possible to make his life a nighmare. Likewise, the entire estate of the Alacran's segregate Matt from itself for what Matt is. On the other hand, Maria, daughter of the US senator (no cheating this time) ends up being Matt's secret crush, that is despite some difficulties in the beginning. Tam Lin is another of Matt's favorites. Originally being a 'terrorist', he is one of El Patron's top bodyguards and becomes Matt's as well. Tam Lin teaches Matt of nature and survival as he (Matt) soon learns these techniques and lessons would come to great use in the near future (You'll have to read why...hey I can't tell everything :)]. Secret passages, hospitals, exploration, captivity, love, self-discovery, and an all out war of mind over body plus much more is what one would find in this guaranteed Farmer classic: The House of the Scorpion.
Reading Level: Middle School +
Recommendations: Great for school reports and projects or just for fun!
Overall: Guaranteed to send shivers down the spine and tears in the end! Will keep you begging for more!
Fourteen years later, he finds out a very deep secret about what clones are used for. He was then about to be used for it, but he escapes to the border and is then caught by a keeper. He owned an orphanage. He was then sent to another orphanage with two other people. Their names were Fidelito and Chacho. He also made another friend named Ton-Ton in the other orphanage. The keepers treated the ophans very bad. If they did anything wrong, then they got beaten. They decided to run. They made it, but there were many obstacles ahead. Find out what happens next in: The House of the Scorpion!
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I liked this book because it helped me understand what people have been doing to the wildlife. I also liked all of the cliffhangers in the book, too. The genre of the book is adventure/fiction because the animals do something out of the ordinary. It's an adventure book because the animals and a boy go on an adventure to get home.
Ruva is a baby giraffe that was taken from her home in Africa by the Slopes, a clan of people poaching animals and then selling them to a zoo. Ruva's attributes include being scared easier than most animals. Jubila is a boy who lived in San Francisco. Suddenly, he finds himself as a slave of the Slopes.
The author uses a lot of weird sound effects. Some words that I can't even pronounce. She writes like no author I have known. If you ever read this book, you will see what I mean. Most people might not know about Nancy Farmer yet, but if they read this book, they will probably remember her name.
Will Ruva and her friends find their way home, or will the Slopes keep them forever? To find out, read The Warm Place by Nancy Farmer.
In the book, The Warm Place, a baby giraffe was taken from her mother to be put in a zoo. On the way she meets a friend named Rodentus who teaches Ruva many things. Ruva left her friend Rodentus and was put in the zoo. While Ruva was resting, she saw some kids throw something into her cage. It was a chameleon named Nelson. Ruva and Nelson picked the lock to her cage, but it still failed to work. Nelson found a rat named Troll and at night, Troll picks the lock and Ruva manages to escape (with Nelson and Troll).
I like this book because it is a very well written book and I think the author (Nancy Farmer) did a great job describing it. I also like it because it isn't just an adventure book, but it's also a fantasy book and I really like the way the author wrote it. My favorite character is Troll because if Troll wasn't there to pick the lock Ruva would still be locked up in the cage. It's a great book for kids ten and over.
Will Ruva get caught? Will she escape from the zoo? If Ruva escapes how will she get home? Read The Warm Place to find out!
This book is about a little giraffe named Ruva who gets captured by the slopes and brought to an American zoo. She is terrified at the crowd that comes to look at her, and being put in the cage right next to the lion's den scares her even more. She makes some great friends, which include two rats, a magic chameleon and a boy. She wishes she could go home and be with her mother again. All of a sudden she remembers her mother telling her about giraffe magic. How will giraffe magic help Ruva?
My favorite character in this book is Ruva because she's a little giraffe that does not know a lot about the world. My favorite part is when Nelson (the chameleon) shows Ruva how the lions won't bother him by walking into their cage and taking some of their meat.
Will Ruva ever be with her mother again and live in happiness? What will Ruva do with her amazing giraffe magic? Read the book to find out.
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Though no charges have been filed, many neighbors convict the Woodleaf family because Donna's father is part Abenaki Native American and her mother Gwen grows marijuana and belladonna for medical purposes. As the official investigation begins to look closer at whether a homicide occurred, harassment of the Woodleafs commences. Donna asks Emily's mother Ruth to help her and her family. Though she has her own trouble with little income and raising three children by herself, Ruth coaxes her beau, part-time police officer Colm Hanna, to dig deeper into Shep's death even as she wonders if the murder of a professor is tied to the Noble homicide.
STOLEN HONEY is an exciting amateur sleuth - police procedural that never slows down for a paragraph. The story line is fast-paced and filled with a delightful ensemble cast. In her fourth mystery novel, Ruth remains a dynamic heroine. Though there is so much going on the audience will need a scorecard to keep track of what happens with the players, Nancy Means Wright knows the right means of providing an exhilarating tale that will satiate her growing legion of fans.
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Nancy Farmer has developed very srong characters and some of the things that happen are a BIG suprise. In this book, you kind of have to expect the unexpected, and keep an open mind. Even if you usually read science fiction books, this story will grip you and make you want to read it over and over again!!!
It takes place in a Zimbabwe of the future (2194 to be exact). It is about 3 siblings named Tendai, Rita, and Kuda who have spent their whole lives stuck in their house, without ever seeing the outside world. General Matsika,their own father has never showed any affection towards them, but only treated them as if they were his soldiers.
One day Tendai, Rita, and Kuda run away from home in order to see the "outside world" but end up having an adventure they would never had expected to experience in a thousand years!
They go from living in a place where you don't have to lift a finger, to working in dead man's Vlei to stay alive. Many more frightful experiences follow this. During these adventures, Tendai also learns about the culture and heritage of Zimbabwe
While this is all happening, the Ear, the Eye, and the Arm (3 out of work detectives, each with a special gift) are hired to help find the children.
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On her journey, Nhamo survived in the wilds. She learned how to take care of herself and she matured. During her journey Nhamo became a woman. Eventually she came to a town called Effifi where she met scientists.
This book was way to long. The author could have easily have deleted about half of the description that was given and made the book much shorter. Also, this book was way too feminine for me so if you are a guy and want to read this book, don't. Also, since the book was so feminine I could barely relate to the story line. And, the chapters ended on cliffhangers, and I hate cliffhangers.
There were only two good parts about this book and they were the author's writing style and the vocabulary. The writing style kept me interested for the most part because this book seemed to be aimed at kids my age. The vocabulary words were new and interesting. The basic writing style made you feel like you were a part of the book. Finally, I have a new favorite word thank to this book. The word is pariah. Other favorite words of mine are furtive a morosely. You'll just have to find out what it means.