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Thoroughly Fascinating Costa Rica

Monkeys-Chocolate-800pxMonkeys Are Made of Chocolate

- A Review by Jennifer Ladewig, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, April, 2017

When we first got the book my 10-year-old said, “Mom, why does the title say that monkeys are made of chocolate?” After reading the book the title totally makes sense. My daughter has an intense fascination with animals and learned so much from this book. My daughter said:

“Monkeys Are Made of Chocolate is a fun way to learn about Costa Rica. In this book, you will learn about sloths, coatis, toucans, different types of trees and a lot more. My favorite chapter was 21 entitled, A Bad Trip into the Magic World of the Giant Toad, because the story was really good. Jack Ewing talks about finding a stray dog that liked to catch and bite poisonous toads. One really interesting thing that I learned was that the jabillo tree deposits its seeds is by shooting the crown shaped seeds off of the branches and it sounds like a gunshot. This tree is very dangerous because if you cut at the bark of the tree it will shoot a latex, milky substance that is blinding if it gets in your eyes. I loved this book!!!!!”

Author and naturalist Jack Ewing is a fabulous storyteller and gives his readers a vivid depiction of life in the rainforest of Costa Rica. He has an uncanny ability to draw his readers in. You feel like you are there in the rainforest experiencing what you are reading. Each chapter is like its own story. After reading the book in its entirety, you will definitely have a unique insight into Costa Rica.

This book is definitely worth reading. It would be a great addition to your child’s geography study of Costa Rica. The book would be a great source of information for those planning to travel to Costa Rica. I would absolutely recommend this book to others.

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Horse Nutrition Made Easy for All Ages, Even Kids

Beyond the Hay Days book coverBeyond the Hay Days: Refreshingly Simple Horse Nutrition

- A Review by Erica Beyea for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, April, 2017

This 153-page book takes what can be a very daunting and complex subject (properly feeding a horse), and breaks down the science of it into a very understandable and practical read for the layman or beginning horse owner. Having never had the experience of choosing horse feed before, we were left asking opinions of others and following advice, which was often contradictory and confusing. The simplicity of this book was so amazing and it cleared up so much of that confusion.

This book has literally been a godsend to our family. It came to us at just the right time in our life, when we needed to learn how to properly feed and care for the newest equine members of our family. We have enjoyed the complex facts presented in a straightforward manner. The simplicity of this book has allowed even the middle school and high school students of the family to read and understand how to properly feed and care for the ponies, and has given me, as a mom, the reassurance that the feeding decisions we are making are correct.

I highly recommend this book to horse owners, to understand horse nutrition and to allow their children to have direct participation in caring for their horse. This practical book would make a great addendum to a home school math and science course for a horse loving young person, allowing them real life ‘story problems’ to decipher proper horse nutrition.

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New eBook Collects Ancient Fire-Origin Myths

New eBook Collects Ancient Fire-Origin Myths from Around the World

April 2017 — Diverse cultures separated by vast geographical distances share recurring fire-origin themes, as revealed in Origins of Fire, an entertaining collection of 29 myths and stories.

Themes such as fire’s representation of divine power, over and above its practical uses; the strong presence of animals possessing magical powers; and the need for trickery to obtain fire.

“When I was growing up I greatly enjoyed reading Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, recounting the colorful and fanciful ways various animals came to be the way they are,” says editor Einar Jensen. “When I later went to college, Native American literature and history courses revived my interest in ancient stories that describe how and why our world is the way it is. Later, when I began researching new strategies for teaching our kids about fire, I turned to the fire myths related here.”

With animals that creep, crawl, swim, run and fly, these myths and stories originate from throughout North America and Australia, as well as Botswana, Bay of Bengal, Borneo, Melanesia, Samoa, and Nigeria. You’ll read about birds (kingfishers, ostriches, buzzards, hawks, crows, mud hens), toads and frogs, spiders and snakes, coyotes and cougars, squirrels and rabbits, dogs and wolverines, and even the mighty bear, the little mouse and Le-che-che, the hummingbird.

Origins of Fire: Ancient Myths from Around the World

Compiled by Einar Jensen, published by PixyJack Press
Available at PixyJack Press, Amazon and other e-retailers.
$3.99 ebook, ISBN 978-1-936555-42-0

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New Guide to Help Teach Students about Fire

Educator’s Guide now available for the book, Ancient Fire, Modern Fire

October 2016 — Teachers and homeschool parents now have a new tool for teaching fire safety: Ancient Fire, Modern Fire, a book by Einar Jensen, and the companion Educator’s Guide (PixyJack Press).

Because this book explores human relationships with fire, it offers multiple benefits to multiple audiences. Depending on the grade level of the student, you’ll find resources for enhancing science, social studies, history, geography, economics, comprehensive health, and literacy lessons. The Educator’s Guide includes discussion questions by grade level, a glossary of fire terminology, resources for classroom activities, and a fun crossword puzzle.

“We can’t eliminate fire from our planet. Nor can we fight it,” says author Jensen. “As history has shown, we can’t win a war against wildfire or any other fire for that matter. It’s time to make peace with it. Ancient Fire, Modern Fire is my effort to start negotiating terms for peace and a tool for you to teach your students about fire.”

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Being Prepared for a Natural Disaster Includes Understanding Your Homeowner's Insurance

The biggest reason that half of all homeowners are underinsured is that people have no idea how their insurance will work in a major loss. Take time now to learn how much coverage and what kind of documentation you'll need to collect ... it will make the long road to recovery much less painful to travel down. The best way to do this: get a copy of Surviving Wildfire.

Myth 1: If I suffer a total loss, I’ll automatically get a total payout

You may eventually get a total payout, but it won’t be automatic. You’ll have to document and value your home and everything you lost.

Myth 2: All homeowners’ insurance policies are basically the same

Nope. Homeowners’ policies vary widely. Some provide replacement cost, some only actual value at time of loss. Some don’t cover additional living expenses at all; others have different time and dollar limits. Some require you to rebuild on site; some don’t.

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It’s Time to Bring in Your “Bear” Feeders

Bear Expert Offers Springtime Tip: Bring in Your Bird Feeders

April 7, 2016 -- Your bird feeder could lead to the death of a bear whose only “crime” is being smart, industrious and very good at finding food, according to bear expert Linda Masterson. In her new book, Living With Bears Handbook, Masterson explains that bear feeders, more commonly known as bird feeders, are one of the biggest cause of human-bear problems.

A study in New York State showed that more than 80% of human-bear conflicts could be traced back to the bear’s first encounter with a bird feeder. Bird feeders are the ultimate carry-out food for bears: easy to get at and filled with tasty, nutritious natural foods that would take a hungry bear many hours of foraging to find in the wild.

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An Eye-Opening and Practical Look at Fire, Our Friend and Foe

New book — Ancient Fire, Modern Fire — Examines Our Relationship with Fire

January 2016 — Fire plays an essential role in our lives, yet understanding and learning to live with this friend and foe has never been easy; stopping fire is a dangerous—and often deadly—pursuit.

In the newly released book, Ancient Fire, Modern Fire, author Einar Jensen presents an eye-opening look at fire and our history of dealing with it. He then gives us the tools for being responsible and prepared—as parents and teachers, as communities and fire service professionals, and as homeowners in the wildland urban interface.

"If we don't change our understanding of fire, our rules of engagement, or our cultural values, we should expect more tragedies and be willing to pay for them in ever-increasing volumes of dollars, blood, sweat and tears," says Einar Jensen. "I'm committed to preventing these tragedies."

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