La Chenille Qui Fait Des Trous

4 out of 5 stars

La Chenille Qui Fait Des Trous

By Eric Carle

La chenille qui fait des trous  Pro: The illustrations are nice and help kids and/or language learners follow along. This book can be educational in the sense that it goes through the caterpillar’s life cycle.

Con: If you enjoy; twists, conflict, or lengthy novels, then, this probably isn’t the book for you. It has a very simple storyline which depending on the reader can be good or bad.

 

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The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick

2 out of 5 stars

the secrets of people who never get sick cover  Pro: This book contains some recipes that some might want to try out for themselves.

Con: I didn’t get anything out of this book as most of it was either common sense or stories of people experimenting with different techniques to stay healthy. I believe readers can learn more from credible articles online if they are wanting to be healthier.

Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences

3 stars out of 5

Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences  This book is about the “biologically programmed” differences between boys and girls.

Pros: There is research to support some of the author’s claims in this book about some sex differences between men and women like how there really are physiological differences between a typical male’s brain and a typical women’s brain. The book also points out that generally speaking men and women hear voices slightly differently, as well.

Cons: This book, for the most part, excludes people who are not cisgender male or cisgender female. Meaning that this book isn’t really about gender differences and why it matters, it is about why the binary genders matter in society. Although there is some research to support a lot of the writer’s claims, there is also a lot of bias opinions in this book.

The writer also tends to switch between the terms “gender” and “sex” which may lead some readers to misunderstand the HUGE contrast between the two. If you would like to learn more about psychology and gender differences please pick up an actual psychology textbook.

The Math Gene

2 out of 5 stars

The Math Gene by Keith J. Devlin  The main premise of this book is that everyone is capable of learning mathematics.

Pros: This book is intended for a general audience which makes it an easy read. This book can be good for people who believe they are not “math people” and could potentially help them.

Cons: Parts of this book gets away from mathematical thinking and goes into linguistic evolution which I believe takes away from the main points in the book. The author tends to repeat himself often and gets lost supporting his ideas. This book is mainly an argument on why everyone is a math person. So, if you are looking mainly for an informative book about genes or how to think like a mathematician, this isn’t for you.

Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynam

4 stars out of 5

"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character: Adventures of a Curious Character by [Feynman, Richard P., Ralph Leighton]  This book contains short stories about Richard Feynman’s life.

Pro: There are a plethora of great stories including him working on the Manhattan project, breaking into safes, playing a Brazilian instrument called a frigideira, and winning a Nobel Prize in physics. He talks about his travels, people he met, and how he solved different challenging problems. By reading this book, you will understand how his curiosity both led to some great discoveries and also put him in several pickles.

Con: Some may not like all of his anecdotes. This book is more for people who want to learn about his life rather than learn about physics. He does talk about physics, but he does not get technical about it at all which depending on what you’re looking for could be a positive or negative thing.

Berlin Great Cities

3 stars out of 5

Berlin (Great Cities Collection) by Ingo Latotzki  This book covers some attractions of Berlin and goes over some of the histories of it, as well.

Pro: It makes for a great quick read about different places you could visit and explores some of the more memorable parts of Berlin such as the disappearing Berlin Wall. There are a bunch of great photos, and the authors are very positive about the city as they show it off. In the back of the book, there is a very brief timeline of Berlin from 8,000 B.C. to 1995 for you to enjoy.

Con: When reading it for information rather than a trip around the city, I found it rather boring. This book is more of a coffee table read which could be a positive thing depending on what you are looking for.