Monthly Archives: April 2017

Some Weekend Hits

I can usually tell it is the weekend just by looking at my blog stats. Certain posts are visited on Saturday nights and through Sunday afternoon.

They are usually posts that are about sites in Israel. On Saturday night it is most likely that Bible school teachers are looking for facts or images and on Sunday the students are fact checking or looking for more information themselves.

So what are some of the posts that are visited on the weekends?

Make sure you click on the links in the text. They will take you to the posts that provide more pictures and information about each one.

Tell es-Sultan - Walls of Jericho - Joshua - Walls Come Tumbling Down - Rahab - HarlotMy post Walls of Jericho has more visits on the weekends, but also has quite a few visits during the week.

Jericho Trench, Kathleen Kenyon, Tell es-Sultan, Walls of JerichoThe Trenches of Jericho is also a common weekend find.

Zaccheus - Sycamore Tree - Jericho - Sycamore Fig - Ficus sycomorusI did not mean for this to be a Jericho post, but A Sycamore in Jericho is another post with more traffic on the weekend.

Knee of a dromedary camelThis one surprises me a bit, but Camel Knees gets a lot of weekend looks. I guess that teachers are trying to find out where exactly the knee is on the camel.

Do you know where the knee is? Click on the post to find out. If you don’t know it may surprise you.

Hezekiah's Tunnel, Water Tunnel, Jerusalem, City of DavidHezekiah’s Tunnel also gets visits on the weekend. Click on the link to see more pictures.

Jezreel, Naboth, Vineyard, Ahab, Jezreel ValleyNaboth’s Vineyard gets views on the weekend also. Some of them are probably from people looking for information about where Naboth’s Vineyard was, but most likely they are more for general information about Jezreel and the Jezreel Valley.

Well I must get this posted and get ready to fly. Check back to see where I end up this week 🙂

Steven

2017 Newbery Honor Books

Back in February the 2017 Newbery Awards were announced.

2017 Newbery Medal, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelly BarnhillThe Newbery Medal winner was The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. You can see my review in my post 2017 Newbery Medal Winner.

The Inquisitors Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Dog by Adam GidwitzThe first Newbery Honor book that I read was The Inquisitors Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Dog by Adam Gidwitz.

I was able to get this book right away as the library already had copies in their system. I really enjoyed reading this book as it had underlying religious and historical themes. I also really enjoyed the illustrations, or rather illuminations by Hatem Aly.  This was a great story along with an interesting look into 13th century France.

Lauren Wolk, Newbery Honor Book, Wolf HollowI had to wait awhile for the library to receive and process their order for Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk.

I really enjoyed this book and it would have been my pick of the 2017 Newbery books to be the Medal winner.

The book is set in a rural area of Pennsylvania just after World War II. A young girl deals with another girl who not only bullies her but also a reclusive veteran of the Great War (WWI). The book is a great read, but is a bit dark and sad at times. However, it shows how a young person who takes a stand for something can make a big difference in the lives of others.

Freedom Over Me, Ashley Bryan, Slaves, Newbery Honor BookThis week the last of the books arrived at the library. Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan is wonderfully illustrated and gives a glimpse into the life of eleven slaves of the Fairchilds estate.

Freedom over me: eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life by Ashley bryanThe characters in the book are based off of historical documents, but only their names and how much they are worth are known from them. Ashley Bryan brings them to life by placing them in roles that were typical for the size of the Fairchild estate.  She then gives them a voice as they describe themselves and their dreams.

Overall a good group of Newbery books for 2017. I enjoyed reading all of them.

Have you read any of these?

Steven