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Teaser Tuesday: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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Teaser Tuesday is hosted on the blog Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  •  Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.
  • DO NOT INCLUDE SPOILERS
  • Share the title & author
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

“I’ve tried to imagine how she’d feel knowing that her cells went up in the first space missions to see what would happen to human cells in zero gravity, or that they helped with some of the most important advances in medicine: the polio vaccine, chemotherapy, cloning, gene mapping, invitro fertilization. I’m pretty sure that she – like most of us – would be shocked to hear that there are trillions more of her cells growing in laboratories now than there ever were in her body.”

– page 2

Science & Wonder of Snow

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The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder 

by Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson

Nonfiction, Science

Ages 8 & up, 36 pages

This is a wonderful book for all ages to understand in clear language about how exactly snow forms. It’s a process that occurs at a miniature  scale, so our eyes don’t witness the wonder. The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder provides snow crystal photographs, diagrams about the steps to become a snow crystal, and how to catch your own snowflakes in the correct conditions. The book clearly explains the snow formation process without being too confusing. After learning about the science of snow, I wished that it was cold and snowy to catch snowflakes. Sadly, I had no snow. This book is a great addition to an earlier book review about Wilson Bentley who learned how to photograph snow in the 1880s in the book Snowflake Bentley. The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder was recognized by the National Science Teacher’s Association in 2010.

Would you like to catch your own snow crystals? Here are some steps to help you see beautiful snow crystals. I haven’t personally tried this, but let me know if your results are successful.

Supplies: 
– Dark & stiff cardboard or foam
– Magnifying glass 
 
Directions: 
1. Put the cardboard of foam outside for at least 10 minutes before trying to catch snow. The board must stay cold and dry. 
2. Hold the board by one edge so that it is flat. Position yourself so that only a few snowflakes fall on the board. 
3. Examine smaller bits of snow to see individual snow crystals. Use the magnifying glass. 
4. Keep trying and make sure the board remains cold. 
 

 

Sharing Sunday – Dr. Seuss, Elephants, Yummy Books & More

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I wanted to start a new post idea that I got from other bloggers. I discover many unique, interesting, fun, beautiful, and informative blogs. These are some recent blogs or posts that I enjoyed.

I’ve read numerous posts on this blog. It has a little of everything from book reviews, humor, and daily life inspirations. This post creatively described how Dr. Seuss books that we read as children have a lot of wisdom for all ages. I got the sharing day idea from this blogger.  Life lessons from Dr. Seuss

If you’re searching for something bright each day then here is a very colorful blog. It highlights a vibrant photo each day. This photo has a unique look at ice cream. 365 days of colour

I really enjoyed this blog post and may highlight later on my blog. Elephants are my favorite animal and this blogger celebrated Elephant Appreciation Day. I never knew there was such a date. It has books and information about elephants. Elephant Appreciation Day

This post was freshly pressed, so many may have read it. It features a trip taken to New York City exploring children’s literature. I thought it was appropriate for my blog, since it relates with children’s books. children’s literature tour of New York

This blog is unique, because it’s not just a photography blog. It combines science elements and information behind the photos. This blogger has really explored the world. photo + science

This is a delicious blog that combines book reviews and food. She has a fun rating scale based upon the food she enjoys.  the very hungry bookworm

Sharing is caring. Pass a little love about others on your blog.