Day: November 13, 2015

Review of ‘The Christmas Cats Fear for the Deer’

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I received a free copy of The Christmas Cats Fear for the Deer, written by Constance Corcoran Wilson and illustrated by Gary McCluskey in exchange for my review.
The Christmas cats worry about a herd of deer that are grazing in an area where they can do damage to crops and are in danger from hunters. Told in verse, with colorful paintings, the book shows how the cats find a unique way to help keep the deer safe, avoid damage to the crops, and come up with an alternative delivery vehicle for Christmas.
Some of the verses, especially those that show hunting in a less than negative light, might be a bit intense for some children, and the rhyming is a bit rough in some verses, it will entertain many. Looking past the portrayal of hunters, though, it does show that problems can be solved if one thinks beyond the usual solutions, and the activity pages at the end are nice for helping younger readers learn problem solving.

I give this neat little book four stars/

Review of ‘Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: 30 Minute Summary’

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The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, based in Montgomery, Alabama, Bryan Stevenson has become a champion of the condemned, especially the poor, the mentally ill, and the most vulnerable, who are often victims of an ingrained bias in the American justice system. His book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, illustrates by way of case studies and observations of the cases that he has taken, is a chilling look at just how unjust the justice system can sometimes be.

Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: 30 Minute Summary by BooksForBreakfast succinctly summarizes Stevenson’s contribution to a fuller understanding of the inequities in our justice system. With a chapter-by-chapter summary of his book, the reader is given an in-depth look at how our system of justice is institutionally biased against the most vulnerable defendants, and how, in the end, not only is there no justice, but no mercy.

Other than the presence of too many typos, poorly proofread sentences, and missing words (or duplicative words that were not caught in proofreading). This is a book that is must reading for anyone who wants to know the truth behind the headlines. After reading this summary you will, like me, want to read the book it summarizes.

I would like to be able to give this book a top rating, but the proofreading problems cause me to rate it 3 stars. It is, nonetheless, recommended reading.