10/26/16

Book Review: One Small Donkey By Dandi Daley Mackall


One Small Donkey
By Dandi Daley Mackall
Illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8247-5
Holidays & Celebrations
Retails for $8.99


ABOUT:

God has plans for all of us, even the little ones. 

IMPRESSION: 

As an adult, I found this particular book to be a fantastic and heartwarming children's book. The story is a rhyming short story that follows a little donkey on his journey to deliver Mary & Joseph to Bethlehem so Mary could give birth to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  What is important to note is that this story is told from the point of view of a donkey, who sees himself as small and slow. This donkey doesn't realize that his role in this story is great big although it seems small.  

I read this story to my daughters and they didn't quite follow or understand the flow of the writing style without me personally going further and explaining/reminding them what happened in the Bible through the story of how baby Jesus was born.  Only then did they truly understand the relevance of the smallest donkey, and how they too are significantly important. God has plans for everybody, even if they aren't very obvious or understood.   The overall lesson of this story was great and eventually understood by all. 

The illustrations were really cute and I hope to see more books featuring work from this illustrator in the future.  The art work on the covers and on every page were very consistent. 


This book would make a great stocking stuffer gift for little ones for Christmas or for families to read together around Christmas time.  This story is appropriate for children ages 4-8 but I think older children may enjoy it also. 


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10/18/16

Book Review: Photographs from the Edge by Art Wolfe with Rob Sheppard

Photographs from the Edge
by Art Wolfe 
with Rob Sheppard

ISBN 978-1-60774-781-9
Retails for $32.00
Photography-Techniques


ABOUT:

A MASTER PHOTOGRAPHER'S INSIGHTS ON CAPTURING 
AN EXTRAORDINARY WORLD

"Legendary nature photographer Art Wolfe presents and intimate behind-the-scenes, chronological guide to the experiences, decisions, and methods that helped him capture images from some of the most exciting locations across the globe." 


IMPRESSION:

What a gorgeous book! 
This book is a first edition and contains 280 pages filled with some of the most stunning nature and travel photography you could ever imagine by the famed photographer Art Wolfe. There are photographs of many different indigenous cultures and wildlife on its pages. Right away you learn about Art and what equipment he prefers to shoot with and how his style has evolved over the years to help him find his niche. He's been a photographer for over 40 years and lets his photos tell stories. You will read some of his stories in this book. 

I really liked the format in which his work was presented. The photographer is very elaborate with keeping track of details. You will see a photo and he tells you when and where he took the photograph and the camera, the lense and the manual camera settings he used to achieve said photo.  He also does a bit of journalism by telling the story of each photograph, which I found to be unnecessary because the photos often speak for themselves, but I do like his style of work. 
Art Wofe is so talented and this book doesn't just exist to show off his work. He gives extremely useful, and  professional photo tips throughout the book too, such as making sure to use a wider aperture when you find yourself in low light situations, or using color as a form of unifying your viewer with your subject. 

 Overall, you will find that this book is very heavy and big, but despite it's size, is absolutely awesome.  It's perfect for a coffee tabletop book. You'll want to have others see it. If you know somebody who appreciates photography, this book would make a great gift for them. 

I give this book 5 stars. 







 

*FTC DISCLAIMER: This book was provided to me complimentary through Blogging for Books in exchange I am sharing my honest and unbiased opinion.