“The Illusionists” by Rosie Thomas, c.2014, Overlook Press $27.95, 480 pages
Now you see it. Now you don’t.
Numbers are fascinating! No, really — if you stop and consider some facts about numbers, they can seem like pure magic. This might not be news for all you math-heads out there, but for some of us, it’s a novel idea. Whether you love numbers or you’re anti-arithmetic, you might find these books interesting! Check them out at your local library.
Adam Spencer’s “Book of Numbers: A Bizarre and Hilarious Journey from 1 to 100” is a great trivia book; it gives four or five interesting tidbits about each number. One: how many baths citizens of Kentucky are required by law to take each year. Eighteen: the number of claws on a cat. Twenty-seven: the age at which Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison all died. Thirty: the number of Lego pieces that exist for every person on the planet. If you like more advanced math, there are also facts like “91 is triangular, square pyramidal and centered hexagonal.” Something for everyone!
“Recognition” by O.H. Bennett, c.2014, Agate, $15, 208 pages.
“The Skeleton Crew” by Deborah Halber, c.2014, Simon & Schuster, $25, 240 pages
Preschoolers are naturally curious, and what better way to satisfy their curiosity than through science. Here are some great authors to share for learning more about the natural world:
— Lois Ehlert: Ehlert’s books about the natural world stem from some of her own early experiences with nature growing up in Wisconsin. “Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf,” a story of planting a maple tree, is a perfect example of this. In simple language, Ehlert takes the reader through the entire process of planting a tree from seed to sprout to garden center to hole in the ground to watching the leaves change with the seasons, each scene made to feel familiar through the different objects and textures used in her illustrations. More detailed explanations of the parts of the tree and the steps in planting a tree are provided at the end of the book. Ehlert’s other nature titles include “Snowballs,” “Planting a Rainbow” and “Feathers for Lunch.”
“Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space” by Lynn Sherr, c.2014, Simon & Schuster, $28, 376 pages
You know summertime is going by fast, especially when you see back-to-school ads and merchandise in stores reminding you that summer vacation is almost over. If you haven’t done your summer reading yet, and are looking for some books to read on one of those lazy summer afternoons, let me suggest a few young adult books worth checking out.
“Two Way Street” written by Laren Barnholdt is a predictable teen first romance about two very relatable characters, Jordan and Courtney. In the book, the two have to decide if they can get over their secrets of the past and move on to beginning a new future together. Courtney is not happy about having to drive to college with her ex-boyfriend (Jordan) and decides she will try to ignore him as much as possible on this painful trip. Their relationship is revealed in a storyline that alternates between narrators allowing the reader to see things from both sides and Jordan’s and Courtney’s perspective. This book is hard to put down and has many twists and turns that will keep you captivated to the very end.
Among the many overwhelming changes that swept America in the 1920s, one of the most fruitful and enduring to our culture is the emergence and acceptance of the African American artist, primarily in music and literature.
Focused in a downtown neighborhood of Manhattan, the post-war social climate that cultivated novelty and difference spawned a “Harlem Renaissance” which launched the careers of young writers like Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston and boosted the popularity of such Jazz and Blues greats as Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith. Enthusiasm and support often came from white patrons, who at best financed and encouraged African American arts, but who raised troubling questions about the essentialism of race and its representation.
“Invisible Ellen” by Shari Shattuck, c.2014, Putnam $26.95, 295 pages
An independent economic impact study claims that Gateway Technical College is a good investment that saves taxpapers money and produces more than $933.2 million in income to the region.
Chicago’s reaction action to ban smoking — cigarettes, e-cigarettes or medical marijuana — in public parks hasn’t appeared to gain much traction in Kenosha County.
Gateway Technical College, citing a need to update its Law Enforcement Center facilities, has tentatively approved a $3.75 million expansion project that includes a new shooting range, training facilities and simulation facades at its Kenosha campus.
KENOSHA — A beach cleanup is slated for 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, starting on the Simmons Island beach.
On Monday, the Kenosha City Council will be tasked with choosing a preferred route for the streetcar expansion project.
The developer behind the Residences at Library Park project received the go-ahead from the city’s Plan Commission Thursday, paving the way for work to begin in January.
More charges will be coming for the man and woman accused of working together to record video footage in women’s locker rooms at the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex and the Uline headquarters.
A Kenosha man was taken into custody for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance after driving a dump truck into the back of a SUV at the intersection of Washington Road and Green Bay Road just before 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Room 209 in the Kenosha County Courthouse was flooded with well-wishers Wednesday as the bench welcomed its newest judge.
Kenosha County residents are still struggling with jobs, low incomes and access to health insurance, according to data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.
SILVER LAKE — Calling Wednesday’s Village Board meeting a bit heated would be more than a bit of an understatement.
Crews came up short Wednesday, after a daylong search for an Illinois man who went missing while boating in Silver Lake on Tuesday.
The race for Wisconsin governor couldn’t be any closer with just seven weeks to go.
Gateway Technical College president Bryan Albrecht has joined the push to get financial aid for students who attend short-term technical educational programs.
Final approval has been given to the city’s plans to rescue ailing tax incremental districts by shuffling revenue from better-performing districts.
A state task force tackling Wisconsin’s achievement gap plans to release a report on its plan next week.
A Kenosha man flagged down an officer claiming he was attacked before being arrested for brutally beating a woman inside an apartment in the 6000 block of 30th Avenue just after 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Tremper High School senior Maximiliano Jacinto was invited to attend State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers’ State of Education address in Madison this month in honor of his being named Evers’ counterpart at Badger Boys State.
A 42-year-old Bristol man was unconscious and bleeding heavily after being struck in the face with a glass mug outside a residence in the 17700 block of 91st Place in Bristol just after 3 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.
If you feel like you are seeing a lot of monarch butterflies in Kenosha County, you’re not alone. This is the peak time for monarch migration in this part of the country.
KENOSHA — Ballroom dancing for kids classes begin Thursday at the Kemper Center, 6501 Third Ave.
Life at Fire Station 5 will soon return to normal, now that the city has approved a construction contract to fix the station’s faltering floor.