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THE AGE OF MYTHS & LEGENDS
BOOK ONE: MONSTERS
Written and Illustrated by T. D. HILL

SUMMARY

Drawn from the myths and legends of the first inhabitants of North America, the delightful tales, collected for this book series, not only offer insights into tribal character and beliefs, but they also celebrate the diverse tribal traditions of rich and powerful cultures that are still relevant today.
Beautifully illustrated throughout, this book holds an amazing collection of tales concerning the many evil creatures that once haunted the dreams and nightmares of the Indigenous tribes of North America. Told in an enchanting, yet unencumbered style, this collection seeks to shed light upon the richness, wisdom, grace, and depth of the North American tribal cultures and their timeless myths and legends.

A DIFFERENT KIND OF READ REVIEW

There’s nothing more thrilling than sitting with family and/or friends around a campfire, in front of a fireplace, on a couch or simply lying the floor with bent knees crossed and elbows supporting your wide-eyed face as you listen to an ancestral story of your family’s past. What makes the story even more intriguing is when you get to share someone else’s past. This time, I had the privilege of reading and learning about the myths and legends of the American Natives populating the United States of America.

The Age of Myths & Legends – Book One: Monsters presents stories about giants, ogres, wolves, mermaids, witches, sea creatures, and little people just to name a few. Did I say little people you ask? Yes, I did. Little people can be quite vicious, I have so many stories about them, but alas, I’m not talking about my history—I’m talking about The Age of Myths & Legends- Book One: Monsters. Of course there was that group of little people who weren’t vicious. In fact, they were quite interesting as they—oh, I can’t tell you about that one. I’m going to have to let you read it yourself, because I want to tell you about Skunny Wundy who encountered a Stone Giant in my favorite legend of the book.

Skunny Wundy was a master storyteller. You see, he liked to embellish his stories. However, instead of elaborating the story’s details, he liked putting himself in it. Yes, he was better known as a braggart. Now, for some reason, this only bothered the Hoya’nê (the most powerful man in the village.) You see one day, he questioned him. “Skunny Wundy! What would you do if you saw a Stone Giant?” Without hesitation, Skunny Wundy smiled and replied, “Why I would break every bone in the giant’s body! I would tear off his arms and legs!… The Stone Giants fear me. Just one mention of my name would cause them to flee in terror!”

I am so sorry, I can’t tell you the rest of this story other than the fact that it is very hilarious and it alone is worth the price of the book. Naturally, The Age of Myths and Legends – Book One: Monsters is an ETHNIC read because of its diverse characters.

RECOMMENDATION

The Age of Myths & Legends – Book One: Monsters is recommended for All Ages. Now, there are some stories that may be a little scary and/or mature for younger audiences, so parental discretion is advised. However, there are some great bedtime stories, so snuggle up and enjoy.

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BIO – Author/Illustrator: T.D.Hill (Wichita, Kiowa, Pawnee) is a Native American writer, artist, and motivational speaker. Much of his writing draws upon his experiences as an Indigenous American with ancestry from several tribes. He grew up in Southwestern Oklahoma and now lives in Austin, Texas.
He can be reached at: NATIVE TALES

THIS WEEK'S FEATURED REVIEW

ANYONE CAN GET AN A+

GEETANJALI MUKHERJEE

SUMMARY

Do you wish you could get better grades? Do you struggle with certain subjects and believe that maybe you’re not cut out for them? Do you want to spend less time studying and still get good grades?

Anyone Can Get An A+: How to Beat Procrastination, Reduce Stress and Improve Your Grades is a conversational, down-to-earth guide for high school and college students on how to maximize their learning and get the grades they want. This book draws on research from the fields of psychology and neuroscience, and gives students practical advice that they can implement right away, to overcome procrastination, make the most of their study time and improve their grades significantly.

A DIFFERENT KIND OF READ REVIEW

The first half of Anyone Can Get An A+ explains the dynamics of learning by splitting it into two categories: growth mindset, believing that you can improve, and fixed mindset believing that you are stuck with what you have.

In thirty-nine steps, Anyone Can Get An A+: How to Beat Procrastination, Reduce Stress and Improve Your Grades sets down a UNIQUE and strong foundation for your child to change from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset by developing skills and adapting positive abilities for learning while still participating in your regular activities and getting plenty of rest.. One the steps presented is Interleaving, which is spending time learning one thing, taking a break and moving on to something else. This process gives you a chance to learn more rather than spending lots of time on something you’re having problems with.

Three skills that I would love to have and that I think would be beneficial for any student are:

Clunking – Breaking what you have learned down into smaller parts, mastering them and then putting them all together), deliberate practice;

Deliberate Practice – Practicing a skill repeatedly, fixing any errors, and getting feedback; and,

Mapping – When this skill was presented in Anyone Can Get An A+: How to Beat Procrastination, Reduce Stress and Improve Your Grades, I pictured a history class. where I made a map placing each battle in the order it was fought. What a great way to learn dates.

RECOMMENDATION

This book is primarily recommended for high and college students. But, I think Anyone Can Get An A+: How to Beat Procrastination, Reduce Stress and Improve your Grades, is for all children especially in Middle School, but with Parental supervision.

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BIO

I grew up in India, spending my early years in Kolkata, and then attending high school in New Delhi. I attended the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, to read law as an undergraduate, and went on to get a Masters’ in Public Administration from Cornell University, US. I research and write on issues of international law, transitional justice and business and human rights.

My first book, “Seamus Heaney: Select Poems”, is in its 6th edition currently, published by Rama Bros. India. I have written five other books, with my latest on study skills – Anyone Can Get An A+: How To Beat Procrastination, Reduce Stress and Improve Your Grades. In my spare time, I love to read as many books as possible, write on this blog, and catch up on endless episodes of whatever latest TV shows I am obsessed about.

I have also recently started another blog, on the topic of my recent book. You can check it out here:  http://anyonecangetana.blogspot.sg