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The Best Part of the Day
By: Sarah Ban Breathnach
Illustrated by: Wendy Edelson
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication Date: August 2014
Reviewed by: Amy Lignor
Review Date: September 17, 2014
It is so nice—especially in the times we live in now where a computer screen offers up the next new story—to be able to enjoy and get lost in a book composed of beauty, finesse, and the absolute perfect combination of lovely writing and amazing illustrations.
This new children’s book proves itself to be one of those books; the books that are stuck in our memories because they were our favorites to hear and see when we were growing up. This is not an exaggeration, either. This story is all about seeing the world and being thankful for it. From outside the window, looking into the great expanse of the night, all of the cool creatures and stunning wildlife are at rest...settling down with their own families for a good night’s sleep.
From there, the book explores the enchanting moments that happen during each season. It brings children through autumn, seeing the creatures ‘stock up’ for when the winter snow starts to blow. Heading onto the bus for the first day of school, raking leaves – everything the lover of crisp, clean fall days enjoys most. Then, on to winter and the inevitable snowman; the creatures at rest while the warm fireplace burns. When spring comes to town, the wildlife once again peek their heads out to hear the enjoyment of the kids as they race back outside to have fun. Family loves the summertime, as well. Enjoying a picnic or fireworks with friends...every season is represented to a point where you wish it would never end, and staying a child forever could be a choice.
There is new life from a family friend, there is cuddling with sheep and learning, while still young enough to be excited by the world, that life is most definitely something to treasure.
For all readers, this will become a cherished book. This is one tale that, no matter how bad reality has intruded upon your day, will automatically uplift and excite. And when you curl up with the ones you love to read this story every evening, you will remember that the best part of your day is happening right then and there.
Great writing, incredible pictures, and a way to look at the world that we should all try to do at least once a day!
Quill Says: Enchanting.
Real-World Analytics: A Business Leader's Concise Inside View of How to Build and Manage Analytical Teams
By: Michael Koukounas
Publisher: Full Court Press
Publication Date: June 2014
Reviewed by: Amy Lignor
Review Date: September 12, 2014
Knowledge that you, the business leader, needs to have is what author Michael Koukounas has most definitely delivered in his new book and...with humor thrown in for good measure. You really don’t need to have a multi-billion dollar company when it comes to understanding the information shared in this book. Yes, you will most likely not come in contact with the larger elements of data analytics if you are a ‘Mom and Pop,’ but to understand the process of data management and accumulation is important.
With the technology used in the 21st century, companies know everything about you, from your naptime to what latte you like best in the morning. A little too ‘Big Brother’? Sure. But there is an upside to our ‘personal data’ being scooped up and used in a company’s computer system. By using the data (correctly, of course), companies can do better for us. They can increase productivity and profit, but they do this by using the data to learn what it is that the consumer really wants and what they’re missing out on. They utilize an analytics ‘team’ to really ‘hear’ what people want, and what they can do to make lives better.
Business analytics helps business and industry make better choices, and the lessons in this book show business leaders' the very core of analytics and how to accumulate and sort through consumer data. Efficiency is needed in all areas of a business: CEO’s must make strategic decisions. Marketing teams use data in order to understand how best to present a product. There are even Risk Managers who need crucial data in order to do their jobs betters; such as, deciding on loans and other financial issues.
Setting forth the ATOM method in this text, business leaders actually see what’s required to create a successful analytics team. Call it a roadmap, if you will. From learning how to Access Data; to how to set up an analytics team by what Talent you should be looking for; to getting that Operational knowledge to better understand and improve your business; to Maintenance, and learning how to rotate, edit, add and increase data so that your company is always ‘fresh,’ this book covers it all.
From the very beginning, this book offers an overview of everything the business leader needs to know. It also proves that analytics teams will not only be something to ‘look into’ in order to increase your business, but they will become an industry of their very own. People need experts in our never-ending data age, so taking the time to invest in a team is essential to growth. In the end, you learn how the data out there can be used for far more important things than just learning about someone’s morning latte experience.
Quill says: A necessary book for businesses that is told by a definite ‘master’ of analytics.
Keepers of Runes and the Tower of Shadows (Volume 1)
By: Andrew D. Cratsley
Illustrated By: Tony Foti
Publisher: Andrew D. Cratsley
Publication Date: May 2014
Reviewed By: Kristi Benedict
Review Date: September 11, 2014
After years of training, a young elf named Corinth is finally deemed worthy to be a sage knight by his teacher Tessius and is eager to serve his country of Enzlintine well. However, his first assignment sends him way beyond the forest that he knows and on top of everything else he realizes he will have to work with beings other than elves. For years he had been under the impression that elves were superior to every other race, especially humans who seemed to corrupt anything good with their greedy ways. Feeling discouraged at the prospect of working with humans, Corinth tries to convince Tessius that he can handle any assignment better if he is able to work alone. In the end, however, it is shown that Corinth will not have any choice in the matter. His own opinions will be tested as through the upcoming struggles he realizes that there are times where elves are not the superior beings.
Soon Corinth finds himself in the company of two humans; Aventis who has expansive knowledge of tracking and hunting, and Nadine who claims that she can infiltrate any place in any town. Of course Corinth does not think much of his human partners initially and insists that he would do just fine without either of their help. This causes numerous arguments between these three traveling companions but soon it is proven that they actually need each other more than ever as none will survive if they do not learn to trust one another. For the evil that they will have to face is more powerful than any of them imagined and without someone there to stop it, will sweep across every land leaving only death behind.
As soon as I read that this was a fantasy book I immediately wanted to start reading, as this genre is one I truly love. This book did not disappoint at all as from the very first page I was consumed by the amazing elements and characters that come from a great fantasy story. Author Andrew D. Cratsley took a little different approach to the relationship between elves and humans as he was able to show that growth in the character Corinth throughout the story as the adventures these characters go through bring about a definite respect and friendship. In addition to action, adventure, and suspense, I love when a book also brings to light the relationships that are growing and developing in the midst of the story. For me that is what relates a reader to the words they are reading and takes them to another place. This book did exactly that as I found myself worrying when a character was injured, or fighting when this group met an enemy and that made for a fantastic read.
Quill says: A book that brings together all of the amazing elements of a great fantasy adventure!