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Month: December 2022 (Page 1 of 2)

New Titles Tuesday, December 27

Here is a selection of titles added just before the Christmas break.

 A Native American thought of it: amazing inventions and innovations /Rocky Landon ; with David MacDonald. Everyone knows that moccasins, canoes and toboggans were invented by the Aboriginal people of North America, but did you know that they also developed their own sign language, as well as syringe needles, a secret ingredient in soda pop, and other clever inventions and innovations which are still in use today? Explore the creativity of these people in this information-packed and superbly illustrated book.

 A young innovator’s guide to STEM: 5 steps to problem solving for students, educators, and parents /Gitanjali Rao. Rao, innovator and America’s Top Young Scientist, brings to you an interactive experience to help immerse students in the process of innovation. The accomplished author builds on her experiences and provides a prescriptive step-by-step process for identifying problems and developing solutions.

 An introduction to Akkadian literature: contexts and content /Alan Lenzi. A short introduction to the study of Akkadian literature from ancient Babylonia and Assyria, encompassing some two thousand years of literary history of the ancient Middle East.

 At the pond /Werner Zimmermann. The book was inspired by Werner’s granddaughter, who was fascinated by his goldfish pond. But this is not a simple counting book – we also see all the flora and fauna of this tiny ecosystem change and interact over the course of a single day. Children can count the fish and spot the other pond denizens. Adults will appreciate the peacefulness and beauty of the paintings and note details such as the shifting light on the water as the book progresses.

 Calling all minds: how to think and create like an inventor /Temple Grandin with Betsy Lerner. From world-renowned autism spokesperson, scientist, and inventor Temple Grandin — a book of personal stories, inventions, and facts that will blow young inventors’ minds and make them soar. Grandin delves into the science behind inventions, the steps various people took to create and improve upon ideas as they evolved, and the ways in which young inventors can continue to think about and understand what it means to tinker, to fiddle, and to innovate. And laced throughout it all, Temple gives us glimpses into her own childhood tinkering, building, and inventing.

 Classroom-ready number talks for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teachers: 1,000 interactive math activities that promote conceptual understanding and computational fluency /Nancy Hughes. Classroom-ready number talks for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teachers includes: number talk how-tos, questions to build understanding, grade-level specific strategies, visual and numerical examples, common core alignments, scaffolding suggestions.

 Clinical ethics handbook for nurses: emphasizing context, communication and collaboration /Pamela Grace, Aimee Milliken, editors. This handbook provides tools for nurse educators, ethics educators, practicing nurses and allied health professionals for developing confidence and skill in ethical decision making in interdisciplinary settings such as acute and chronic care hospitals and clinics. This is a resource to develop moral agency on behalf of individuals and to address broader barriers to good care raised at the local, community, or social levels.

 Eyes & spies: how you’re tracked and why you should know /Tanya Lloyd Kyi ; art by Belle Wuthrich. This book looks at the way information and data is collected and used by individuals, governments, companies, and organizations. Arguments for both increased security and increased privacy are offered, encouraging readers to think critically about the issues. Topics relevant to children are included, such as being tracked at school, cyberbullying, and online safety..

 I like, I don’t like /written by Anna Baccelliere ; illustrated by Ale+Ale. Children have different reactions to the same object due to their circumstances.

 Islandborn /by Junot Díaz ; illustrated by Leo Espinosa. Lola was just a baby when her family left the Island, so when she has to draw it for a school assignment, she asks her family, friends, and neighbors about their memories of her homeland…and in the process, comes up with a new way of understanding her own heritage.

 It’s all about thinking: creating pathways for all learners in middle years /Leyton Schnellert, Nicole Widdess, Linda Watson.  The authors focus on teaching and learning in the middle years, transforming principles into practices

 Ocean meets sky /The Fan Brothers. A little boy builds a ship to honor his late grandfather and sets sail for the magical place where ocean meets sky from his grandfather’s stories.

One plastic bag: Isatou Ceesay and the recycling women of the Gambia /Miranda Paul ; illustrations by Elizabeth Zunon. The inspiring true story of how one African woman began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community.

 Reading wellness: lessons in independence and proficiency /Jan Burkins & Kim Yaris, Foreword by Christopher Lehman. Burkins andYaris want to reignite the passion in teachers and drive them to instill confidence in their students.

The big book of the blue /words and pictures, Yuval Zommer, sea life expert, Barbara Taylor.  Alongside everything the young oceanographer needs to know, Zommer’s charming illustrations bring to life some of the slipperiest, scaliest, strangest, and most monstrous underwater animals.

 The journey /by Francesca Sanna. A mother and her two children set out on journey; one filled with fear of the unknown, but also great hope. Based on her interactions with people forced to seek a new home, and told from the perspective of a young child, Sanna has created a beautiful and sensitive book that is full of significance for our time..

 The Old Testament: a literary history /Konrad Schmid ; translated by Linda M. Maloney.  Schmid provides a comprehensive discussion of the task, history, and conditions of the history of Old Testament literature. He carefully considers the dynamics of language, orality, literacy, and the range of social and political conditions that shaped Israel’s writing at each period  of its history.

 The water princess /written by Susan Verde ; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. The story of one young girl’s quest to bring clean drinking water to her African village.

 The world is not a rectangle: a portrait of architect Zaha Hadid /Jeanette Winter. A biography of architect Zaha Hadid, who grew up in Baghdad and went on to design buildings all over the world.

 Thomas’ calculus: early transcendentals /based on the original work by George B. Thomas, Jr., A text that goes beyond memorizing formulas and routine procedures to help students generalize key concepts and develop deeper understanding.

 Tiny stitches: the life of medical pioneer Vivien Thomas /by Gwendolyn Hooks ; illustrated by Colin Bootman. Biography of Vivien Thomas, an African-American surgical technician who pioneered the procedure used to treat babies with a heart defect known as ‘blue baby syndrome.’ Includes author’s note and author’s sources.

 What a waste /Jess French. Everything you need to know about what we’re doing to our environment, good and bad, from pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling. This environmental book will teach keen young ecologists about our actions affect planet Earth. Discover shocking facts about the waste we produce and where it goes. Discover plans already in motion to save our seas, how countries are implementing schemes that are having a positive impact, and how your waste can be turned into something useful.

New Titles Tuesday, December 20

Two nice picture books were added to Curriculum Collection in the past week:

 Africville /Shauntay Grant ; pictures by Eva Campbell. When a young girl visits the site of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the stories she’s heard from her family come to mind. She imagines what the community was once like–the brightly painted houses nestled into the hillside, the field where boys played football, the pond where all the kids went rafting, the bountiful fishing, the huge bonfires.

 The two sisters /E. Pauline Johnson ; illustrations by Sandra Butt. From the much-loved twentieth-century Canadian classic Legends of Vancouver, ‘The Two Sisters’ was first told to celebrated poet and performer Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake) by Joe Capilano, chief of the Squamish Nation. The universal themes of creation, courage, peace, and reconciliation run through this heart-warming tale from a time long before Vancouver existed. Guided by the spellbinding words of Pauline Johnson, illustrator Sandra Butt paints a remarkable portrait of two little sisters who grow up to be courageous young women who help to bring about peace and brotherhood..


New Titles Tuesday, December 13 (updated)

Here is a selection of titles recently added to the collection.

 Agents of God: boundaries and authority in Muslim and Christian schools /by Jeffrey Guhin. Guhin describes his year and a half spent in two Sunni Muslim and two Evangelical Christian high schools in the New York City area. At first, these four schools could not seem more different, yet they are linked by much: these are all schools with conservative thoughts on gender and sexuality, with a hostility to the theory of evolution, and with a deep suspicion of secularism. And they are all also hopeful that America will be a place in which their children can excel, even if they also fear the nation’s many temptations might lead their children astray. Guhin shows how these school communities use boundaries of politics, gender, and sexuality to distinguish themselves from the outside world. Drawing on extensive classroom observation, community participation, and hundreds of interviews with students, teachers, and staff, this book makes an original contribution to religious studies, sociology, and education.

 Always pack a candle: a nurse in the Cariboo-Chilcotin /Marion McKinnon Crook. The true story of an adventurous young nurse who provided much-needed health care to the rural communities of the Cariboo-Chilcotin in the 1960s. At twenty-two, a naïve yet enthusiastic Marion relied entirely on her academic knowledge and her common sense. She doled out birth control and parenting advice to women who had far more life experience than she. She routinely dealt with condescending doctors and dismissive or openly belligerent patients. She immunized school children en masse and made home visits to impoverished communities. She drove out into the vast countryside in freezing temperatures, with only a candle, antifreeze, chains, and chocolate bars as emergency equipment. In one year, Marion received a more rigorous education in the field than she had at university. She helped countless people, made many mistakes, learned to recognize systemic injustice, and even managed to get into a couple of romantic entanglements. Always Pack a Candle is an unforgettable and eye-opening memoir of one frontline worker’s courage, humility, and compassion.

Bible doctrine: essential teachings of the Christian faith /Wayne Grudem, edited by Alexander Grudem. Abridged from the second edition of Grudem’s Systematic Theology, Bible Doctrine covers the same essentials of the faith, giving you a firm grasp on key topics. This new edition includes new, thoughtful critiques of open theism, the new perspective on Paul, Molinism (or middle knowledge), Free Grace theology, and the preterist view of Christ’s second coming

 Bounds of their habitation: race and religion in American history /Paul Harvey.  Bounds of Their Habitationconcisely surveys the evolution and interconnection of race and religion throughout American history. Harvey pierces through the often overly academic treatments afforded these essential topics to accessibly delineate a narrative between our nation’s revolutionary racial and religious beginnings, and our increasingly contested and pluralistic future.

 Figuring racism in Medieval Christianity /M. Lindsay Kaplan. Kaplan expands the study of the history of racism through an analysis of the medieval Christian concept of Jewish servitude. Developed through exegetical readings of Biblical figures in canon law, this discourse produces a racial status of hereditary inferiority that justifies the subordination not only of Jews, but of Muslims and Africans as well.

 Global plant invasions /David R. Clements, Mahesh K. Upadhyaya, Srijana Joshi, Anil Shrestha, editors. TWU AUTHOR A number of books on invasive plants and invasive species in general have been published in recent years, but none explicitly provides global coverage, perhaps because it is only recently that the full geographical, economic and environmental implications of widespread spread and adaptive nature of these particular invasive plants have been recognized.

 God’s glory in Baptist history: a memorial volume for Terry Wolever /edited by Michael A.G. Haykin. This volume was written to honor Wolever’s legacy, but ultimately, as he would certainly have it, was written to honor and glorify His Lord.

 Historical dictionary of Canada /Stephen Azzi, Barry M. Gough. Contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. It includes over 700 cross-referenced entries on a wide range of topics, covering the broad sweep of Canadian history from long before European contact until the present day.

 Identity excellence: a theory of moral expertise for higher education /Perry L. Glanzer. Excellence: sets forth a multi-disciplinary theory of moral expertise for fostering moral excellence in an array of important identities. To this end, it teases apart the essential elements of what it means to be excellent in an identity before discussing the philosophical, sociological, psychological, and educational processes necessary for students to internalize traditions of identity excellence as part of their own moral identities. Overall, the emergent theory exposes the shortcomings in contemporary general education, professional ethics, and co-curricular education.Finally, this book sets forth a bold but compelling vision for a more hopeful future for American higher education.

 Naming the powers: the language of power in the New Testament /Walter Wink. Thoroughly examines the use for the terms of power in all the relevant New Testament and cognate literature. He hypothesizes that “principalities and powers” are neither demonic nor other-worldy spirits; rather they are the inter- dependent inner and outer poles of any given manifestation of power.

 Recovered roots: collective memory and the making of Israeli national tradition /Yael Zerubavel. Drawing on a broad range of official and popular sources and original interviews, Zerubavel shows that the construction of a new national tradition is not necessarily the product of government policy but a creative collaboration between politicians, writers, and educators. Her discussion of the politics of commemoration demonstrates how rival groups can turn the past into an arena of conflict as they posit competing interpretations of history and opposing moral claims on the use of the past. A fascinating examination of the interplay between history and memory, this book will appeal to historians, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists, and folklorists, as well as to scholars of cultural studies, literature, and communication.

  Son of God: reflections on a tradition /Christopher Bryan. In this study of the phrase ‘son of God’ as applied to Jesus of Nazareth,  Bryan examines the testimony of various New Testament witnesses who used this expression to speak of him, and asks where they got it, what they meant by it, and how it might have been understood. In Bryan’s view, any attempt to address these questions stands self-condemned if it does not point to both the words and works of Jesus himself in the memory of early Christians, and the Torah of Israel as then understood, centering on Israel’s Scriptures.  Bryan argues that whereas’Lord’ (another expression frequently used in the New Testament ) reflects believers’sense of Jesus’relationship to them, ‘son of God’ reflects their sense of his relationship to God.

 Spirits of the coast: orcas in science, art and history /edited by Martha Black, Lorne Hammond and Gavin Hanke, with Nikki Sanchez. An insightful collection exploring the plight, past and promise of the orca, apex predator of all oceans. Spirits of the Coast brings together the work of marine biologists, Indigenous knowledge keepers, poets, artists and storytellers, united by their enchantment with the orca.

 The birds of Vancouver Island’s west coast /Adrian Dorst. The Birds of Vancouver Island’s West Coast presents accounts of all of the species thus far recorded as occurring in the region – 360 in total.

 The cause of freedom: a concise history of African Americans /Jonathan Scott Holloway.  Holloway has penned the perfect short history of African Americans, beginning his sweeping narrative with the arrival of Africans on the shore of Jamestown in 1619 and ending with the emergence of Black Lives Matter. Throughout this compelling history, Holloway challenges the reader to consider what it means to be an American, a citizen, and, most importantly, a human being. The Cause of Freedom is both a wonderful introduction to African American history for those new to the topic and a handy reference for those who are well-versed in the field.” —Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

 The Company: the rise and fall of the Hudson’s Bay empire /Stephen R. Bown. A thrilling new telling of the story of modern Canada’s origins. The story of the Hudson’s Bay Company, dramatic and adventurous and complex, is the story of modern Canada’s creation. And yet it hasn’t been told in a book for over thirty years, and never in such depth and vivid detail. Bown has a scholar’s profound knowledge and understanding of the Company’s history, but wears his learning lightly in a narrative as compelling, and rich in well-drawn characters, as a page-turning novel.

 The Palgrave handbook of Canada in international affairs /edited by Robert W. Murray, Paul Gecelovsky, editors. This book argues that Canada and its international policies are at a crossroads as US hegemony is increasingly challenged and a new international order is emerging. The contributors look at how Canada has been adjusting to this new environment and resetting priorities to meet its international policy objectives in a number of different fields.

 The past is a foreign country – revisited /David Lowenthal.A quarter-century after the publication of his classic account of man’s attitudes to his past, David Lowenthal revisits how we celebrate, expunge, contest and domesticate the past to serve present needs. He shows how nostalgia and heritage now pervade every facet of public and popular culture.

 Theology, music, and modernity: struggles for freedom /edited by Jeremy Begbie, Daniel K. L. Chua and Markus Rathey. This book seeks to demonstrate that the making and hearing of music, and the discourses surrounding music, can bear their own particular kind of witness to the theological dynamics that have characterized and shaped modernity, and especially with respect to modernity’s ambivalent relation to the God of the Christian faith. The guiding theme of the book is freedom: one of the most critical issues of the modern era. And the overall theological perspective is provided by the theme of New Creation, a central and pervasive current in Christian Scripture.

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