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Art and/or Education

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The Art Book
This is the softcover version--Portable, practical, full of information and pictures about 500 of the world's greatest painters and sculptors from antiquity to now...and at an affordable price! A beautiful, illustrated, handy guide for all ages and education levels. If you’d like information about the hardcover version, click here.

Art Making and Education (Disciplines in Art Education : Contexts of Understanding)
In this work, artists defend the value of thinking and talking about art, supporting the educational importance of the creative act itself. Here is evidence that Discipline-Based Art Education is credible.

Art Smart! Ready-to-Use Slides & Activities for Teaching Art History & Appreciation
This is a resource of creative ideas to integrate art history into the curriculum. Versatile, it can be used for simple craft lessons or for thorough Discipline Based Art Education Lessons. A highly recommended tool for teaching art in grades 3-9.

The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher
A book for teachers by teachers. Includes excellent advice on expectations, classroom management, lesson mastery and more. A superb book for the student teacher, first year teacher, and even for veterans.

Hooked on Drawing!: Illustrated Lessons & Exercises for Grades 4 and Up
This instruction book covers basic drawing elements and skills, plus considers the developmental stages students go through. An excellent resource for art teachers working with students in grades 4 and up.

Mudworks : Creative Clay, Dough, and Modeling Experiences
A great resource for creative art with elementary students. Easy to follow (and easy to clean up) recipes for a variety of doughs, textures and mediums. A superb resource on it’s way to becoming a classic!

Multicultural Studio Art Projects for Secondary Students : Ready-To-Use Lesson Plans, Color Prints and Worksheets for Exploring Eight World Cultures
Explore several different cultures through their art, their customs, geography and history. A useable resource for art teachers, social studies teachers, home schoolers and anyone else who wants to use art to teach world culture (or world culture to teach art). Highly recommended.

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy
An easy, clear guide to conducting searches, gathering information, keeping records, using the Internet, and much more. A superb book for beginners, with tips that even veterans can use. Highly recommended!

The Genealogist's Companion & Sourcebook
This is my personal stand-by, the book I go back to time and again. An excellent, thorough genealogy resource for information about Federal Census Records, State Census Records, County Records, Libraries, African-American and Native American genealogy, Immigration, sample forms and much more.

Genealogy Online for Dummies
Here’s help for researching genealogy via the Internet--researching names, finding where ancestors lived, locating records and more. It includes the full Basic Edition of the bestselling Family Tree Maker genealogical software and useful genealogical utilities.

Genealogy Via the Internet: Tracing Your Family Roots Quickly and Easily: Computerized Genealogy...
A humorous, informative and affordable guide to doing genealogy via the Internet--hints, tips, software reviews, and plenty of links to genealogy sites on the Internet. A highly recommended resource.

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LDS (Mormon) Related Books

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Are Mormons Christians?
Stephen E. Robinson explores the accusations against Mormons being Christians. He offers accounts, logical arguments and historically accepted facts as reasons why "Mormons" are Christians. For anyone questioning whether "Mormons" are Christians, this is the book to include in your quest. It is easy to read and has references for further study. A useful book for both "Mormons" and non-Mormons.

The Book of Mormon
Is this book another testament of Jesus Christ, or a bunch of bunk? Study it for yourself and decide. Quoting one objective reader: “Forgetting all debates over the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, the record does have a story to tell for our day. It offers an insight as to discovering man's relationship with religion and with man's creator. As a book review and not taking into account its accompanying religion I believe this book should belong on any religious scolar's bookshelf as it assists in answering even the most basic religious questions left out from the bible. The very idea of Christ manifesting himself as an exalted being in the Americas "to visit the sheep not of this fold" (John 10:16) is a provocative religious theory to contemplate. (--signed Curious about religion ( from Minnesota , 05/02/98)”

Jesus the Christ: A Study of the Messiah and His Mission According to Holy Scriptures...
This book, first printed in 1915, is an official publication of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a “Mormon” classic which takes an in-depth look into the divine mission of Jesus Christ. Want to know what “Mormons” really believe about Christ? Then read this book. If does not have it in stock, try -- That should take you directly to another page to order it.

How Wide the Divide?: A Mormon & an Evangelical in Conversation
Craig Blomberg, a committed Evangelical scholar, and Stephen Robinson, a committed Mormon scholar, set out to listen to one another and to ferret out the genuine agreements and disagreements between them. from Princeton, NJ , 01/17/98 wrote: “A breakthrough and an eye-opener! As someone who has read many books on both sides of this "divide," I was extremely impressed with the tone and approach of this book. I appreciated the fact that the book was not out to proove anything about the other person's beliefs, and gave each side a chance to state their own views as well as express misgivings about the others' views...” A reader from Washington state, USA , 01/12/98 wrote: “Informative. As a Christian looking into Mormonism, I found it interesting to finally read a book that took an honest look at what LDS believe. So many of the books out there are so biased and full of inaccuracies or misleading statements that they are close to worthless. This book lets a knowledgeable Mormon state his religious views in his own words, comparing them with evangelical positions. An evangelical does the same thing, and the two authors' writings complement each other well...” [Some critics have taken “extra” writings (Mormon writings not in the LDS cannon) and twisted them, to use them against this book. So, unfortunately, there are extremists who don’t know how to handle this book because it shows many have been duped with misinformation.]

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Misc. I’ve Enjoyed

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Time Bomb 2000 : What the Year 2000 Computer Crisis Means to You!
An excellent book for everyday-people about the YK2 computer bug. It looks at how the bug might affect various jobs, utilities, transportation, banking, the stock market, food supplies, home PC’s, news and information, health care, government, education, communication services and much more. It gives “best-case” and “worst-case” senarios, and lets the reader decide how, or even if, they want to prepare. The message behind this book is: “Be informed and decide for yourself what course of action you will take (if any).” Highly recommended.

Several months ago, I set out to teach myself German to help with my genealogy hobby. I did extensive searching and comparing, and these are the materials I chose:

The Bantam New College German & English Dictionary
Out of several English & German dictionaries I looked at, the Bantam New College Dictionary is THE best. It is thorough and comprehensive, easy to use, and priced right too. An excellent resource to help with German language.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning German on Your Own
Of all the books I examined, this one was my favorite. It is especially useful when used in conjuction with a book & tape course such as "Mastering German", below. This book takes something that looks difficult, and makes it fun and easy to understand. It plainly explains pronunciation, noun cases, noun gender, conversation needed in various social situations, and much more. Es ist fantastisch! (It is fantastic!)

German Level I/2 Cassettes and Listening Guide
I really enjoyed this set. The tape presentation was clear, giving opportunity to hear and practice pronunciation. The booklet was a handy reference and explained some of the basics. This is a useful set for either just dabbling in German...or used as "extra practice" in conjunction with a beginner's book such as "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning German", above. It's a nice way to ease into German before spending mega-bucks for an in-depth course. Great as a refresher, or for drill and practice while driving, exercising or working around the house.

Mastering German Level 1/Book & 12 Audio Cassettes
This is a comprehensive course that requires concentration and self-motivation. If you are looking for a breezy course to dabble with, this isn't it. On the other hand, if you're serious about learning German, this is THE course to invest in. It is an excellent tool for learning German, but may leave some complete beginners perplexed. For total novices I suggest using this set in conjunction with a "basics" book such as "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning German", above. If you're motivated and willing to take time out to study, this is a superb set.

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