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The story begins when all the birds have an argument about who can fly the highest. Everyone loudly proclaims their superiority. Finally, owl points out that a contest can quickly settle this dispute.
Off they go. Many of the birds don't actually go very high. When they return to Earth, they are comforted by the ostrich (who, of course, cannot fly at all) who notes that they have each done the best that they can. Some are distracted (like the vulture) and don't continue the contest.
Finally, there seems to be a winner. Just then, an O. Henry style twist occurs to turn the contest onto its head.
"How can you fly so high?"
The answer to that question will open up important lessons about the potential for cooperation. What is impossible for one is often easy for several. Many people go throughout their lives without ever understanding that point. Anyone who has read this story will always know differently. That can be the beginning of many wonderful joint accomplishments and collaborations in life.
Dr. Goodall's epilogue uses the eagle in the story as a metaphor for her life as an outstanding scientist. "We all need an eagle." "I like to think of all these people [who helped me] as the feathers on my eagle." "Each one has played an important role." " . . . [M]y eagle is part of the great spirit power that is all around us."
Almost all children's stories emphasize individual competition. This one celebrates cooperation. Every child deserves a chance to hear the cooperative side of that choice. This book is a superb way to open up that understanding.
After you finish enjoying the story together with your child, I suggest that you think together of places and situations where two or more animals, people, or combinations thereof can accomplish more together than singly. Let you child come up with the examples. That will deepen the significance of the lesson for her or him. You can cooperate by praising the ideas.
Like Dr. Jane Goodall, her staff, and the chimpanzees in the Gombe Preserve in Tanzania, may you and your child live in peaceful cooperation with all the living creatures around you!
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The book is divided into sections covering each part of the day - from getting up through the average working day right up until bedtime. The variety of therapies which the author uses are vast - from ones I'm familiar with (such as shiatsu and yoga) to things like Tibetan medicine (fascinating) and Reiki. The tips given are all really simple yet certainly the ones I've tried are extremely effective.
Like the reviewer before I've bought a few of these as they make great presents - particularly for friends who may be a bit wary of jumping in the deep end with natural health.
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This book also contains great tips for weight loss from those who have lost weight and have successfully kept if off! I highly recommend this book.
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I can't wait to try it out.
The nameless narrator arrives at Manderly, with a brief and secretive husband, Maxim de Winter. Yet the narrater, so shy and naive, feels out of place at the enchanted home, empty now and odd as the late Mrs. de Winter, Rebecca, had already left her mark of impressiojn upon everyone ever setting foot in Manderly.
The servant of Rebecca, potently loyal Mrs. Danvers, is the main nemisis. Using her and many of the other servants, Daphne du Maurier creats a stunning picture of Rebecca just from the emotions shown of these people, though Rebecca has beern dead through the book.
After strange and cruel unwelcomings, the naiuve narrater finds herself prior to the deciete of Mrs. Danvers and the evil yet devoted Mr. Favell, cousin of Rebecca. When a random yet plotted string of events takes place that hurts the narrater to the core. Yet further breaking points in Maxim and Mrs. Danvers releasing important clues that bring Maxim closer to the narrater and building confidence against Mrs. Danvers.
As her confidence grows stronger and love more profound, she discovers something that will change her life forevert--as th secrets of Rebecca unravel...
This book is slow in the beginning, but patient readers will find that the book is brilliantly written andpersonally, almost creepy. Myself, you will find that every spare moment not withthe book, you will be thiking of Rebecca...