Kid’s Book Review: Nausicaa by Hayao Miyazaki

Nausicaa of the valley of wind

“This is book 3 of a series. Nausicaa and the God Warrior (found in book 2) go on an adventure to find a way to save mankind from the darkness of the human society. Because this is a graphic novel (meaning it is illustrated like a comic), you get to see them fly through villages and over mountains.

This book has beautiful artwork and a very interesting story line. It is by the same artist who did Totoro, and Spirited Away, two movies I like very much.”

rating 10\10

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The citrus tree from the compost

citrus tree

About a year ago, Kid rescued a sprout from the compost. He put it in soil and decided he would take care of it. When he forgot to water it, it withered and dried, and when he forgot to put it in the sun, it turned yellow.

Luckily it has lived through Kid’s lessons in responsibility. These days he diligently makes sure it’s needs are met. Recently he has discovered another sprout in the compost. Now we have two citrus trees.

Kid’s Book Review: Diary of a Mad Brownie by Bruce Colville

Diary of a Mad Brownie

This book is about a brownie (an elf-like being that is nearly 1 foot tall) named Angus who has a temper. He is bound by a curse created by the Queen of Shadows, which makes him have to keep the house clean for a family called the Mc Gonagalls.

I liked how Angus learns to control his temper and become a more patient brownie. I found the book to be very funny. I laughed a lot.

10/10

Enoki mushrooms

These mushrooms were growing out of the bark of a tall tree, and Boy says they are very delicious. They are enoki mushrooms, however they look very different than what you would find in the store because of their darker colour (from being a different strain and being exposed to light), and size of cap (from the light and the fresh air).

mushrooms on tree

In the stores they don’t look like this because they are grown without light to make their stem long and their caps small. Below is a picture of what they look like in stores.

Kid’s Book Review: Dragon’s Milk by Susan Fletcher

Dragon's Milk

“This book is about a girl named Kathedra who goes on an adventure to get dragon’s milk, which will apparently save her sister who has a bad sickness.

I really don’t want to write anything more about this book, because after the first 50 pages, things started to happen that were kind of depressing. There were some adventurous parts, but when I got to about 3/4 of the way through the book, it got so dark and depressing, I didn’t want to read any more. There was too much violence and sadness and not enough adventure and happiness to balance the story line.”

Rating: 2/10

Taking up photography

Digital cameras seem so complex to me, and I have only been able to grasp an understanding of the basic settings. Kid has recently been taking our camera everywhere he goes, and appears to really enjoy getting to know how it works. I am excited by the images he is showing me, and once again am finding that I am the one that is learning through him.

While playing with his friends, Kid took this picture. I like how there is stillness within the motion.

running fun